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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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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

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Madison's First Thanksgiving

Read the story of the first Thanksgiving celebrated in Madison.

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The First Madison Lodgings

Discover the story surrounding the planning and construction of the first building erected in Madison.

Join cantankerous British geologist George Featherstonehaugh as travels to Madison in 1837 and finds things not as he expected them to be

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Pierce, Hattie, 1829-1944

Born into slavery, Hattie Pierce lived 115 years and was able to fully experience both life before and after emancipation.

Learn about the various visits Presidents have made to Wisconsin's Capitol city!

Discover this bittersweetly tragic story that brings together a feminist pioneer and the infant her husband found in the aftermath of Wounded Knee.

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The Story of Memorial Day

Discover the history of Memorial Day celebrations in Wisconsin.

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