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Wisconsin History Essays

Learn something new about the past and gain a deeper understanding of your world. Hundreds of essays tell the stories of the people, places and events that are Wisconsin history.

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Epidemic Anniversary

Read this informative collection of all the outbreaks and epidemics in Wisconsin's history.

When and where did The Gideons International really begin? There are more answers then you would think. Give this a read and decide for yourself.

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How Madison Became a City

Madison went from a small village in 1836 to being organized and governed as a city in 20 years time

Read about Ho-Chunk Chief Dandy's interesting and friendly interactions with white settlers in Wisconsin, even while he was a fugitive.

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The Birth of Lake Delton

Learn about the rise of Wisconsin Dells tourism, and read about the creation and collapse of the manmade river it was founded on. Links to pictures.

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Labor Day in Wisconsin

Explore the history of Labor Day celebrations in Wisconsin

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English Tudor Logging Camp

The story of how the lumber town of Elchon, WI came to be as aesthetically pleasing as any main street in England or France.

The story of Louise Williams who provided business and legal counsel for women who lived all over southern WI for five decades after the Civil War.

Find out where some of the most traveled streets of Madison got their names.

Discover the role the Wisconsin played in women being allowed to practice law in The Supreme Court.
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