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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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Discover how Wisconsin got it's first printing press.

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The First Madison Lodgings

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

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Labor Day in Wisconsin

Explore the history of Labor Day celebrations in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin's First Election

Here is the story of Wisconsin's first elections.

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The Origins of Thanksgiving

Examining the historical evidence documenting the first Thanksgiving.

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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 the story of Madison's first and most beloved drunkard, Pinneo.

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

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More Bank Failures (1857)

Discover the effects that the Panic of 1857 had on La Crosse.
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