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Chief of the Sauk Indians

Biography of Indian war chief Black Hawk

Historical Essay

Oshkosh, Chief (1795-1858)

Chief of the Menominee Indians

Biography of Menominee Indian chief Oshkosh.

Geologist, Archaeologist, and Soldier

Brief biography of Charles Whittlesey (1808 - 1886).

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Beloit, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Yankees in Wisconsin

Brief history of Yankees in Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

The Black Hawk War

A Misunderstanding Leads to Massacre

Discover how a Treaty Misunderstanding led to the Massacre of Thousands of Sauk Indians

Historical Essay

Fort Blue Mounds

Brief description of Fort Blue Mounds, built near the town of the same name during the Black Hawk War of 1832.

Brief biography of the Ho-Chunk Indian Family, Glory of the Morning Decorah and her children and grandchildren Spoon, Old, One-Eyed, and Waukon.

Influential Early Wisconsin Settlers

Confederacy President's Experience in Wisconsin

Discover the history of Confederacy president Jefferson Davis in Wisconsin

Evidence of First Feasts

Take a look at some first hand accounts of the ways Native Americans of Wisconsin celebrated their own Thanksgiving ceremonies.

An Old Man's Tall Tale

Wisconsin pioneer Joseph Crelie was said to be 139 years old when he was exhibited to spectators in 1864. But how old was he really?

Historical Essay

Black Hawk War Powder Horn

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Powder horn used by a member of Colonel Dodge's militia during the Black Hawk War, 1832. (Museum object #1947.851)

Historical Essay

Bad Axe, Battle of

Brief summation of the events pertaining to the concluding engagement of the Black Hawk War, The Battle of Bad Axe.

Indian Agent

Biography of Indian agent Joseph Montfort Street.

Historical Essay

Paquette, Pierre (1796-1836)

Trader, Scout and Interpreter

Biography of biracial Indian and European trader, scout and interpreter Pierre Paquette.

Historical Essay

Crelie, Joseph 1773-1866

Pioneer and Hoaxer

Biography of Prairie du Chien pioneer and Wisconsin's "oldest man," Joseph Crelie.

Historical Essay

Shot Tower Lead-Melting Bowl

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Lead-melting bowl used at the Wisconsin Shot Company Shot Tower, Helena, Wisconsin, c. 1833. (Museum object #1992.12)

A Short History of Wisconsin

Learn about the key people and events during Wisconsin's Territorial Era (1787-1848).
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