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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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Automobile Culture

Wisconsin and the Invention of the Car

Discover how Wisconsin's influence on the automobile and tourist culture.

Steamships, Canals and the 19th Century Economy

Discover what happened when 19th century Wisconsin settlers tried to construct a canal between the Mississippi and the Great Lakes.

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Nash Ambassador Automobile

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

1948 Ambassador sedan, manufactured by the Nash Motors Division of the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation, Kenosha, WI, 1947-1948. (Museum object #1992.156)

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

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A League of Their Own

All-American Girls Baseball League Thrives During World War II

The story of the All-American Girls Baseball League that thrilled fans for 12 seasons in cities and towns including Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee.

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Curling in Wisconsin

Discover the rich history of the sport of curling in Wisconsin.

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Hill Street Blues Badge

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Police captain's badge prop worn by Wisconsin's Daniel J. Travanti on the television series Hill Street Blues, 1981-1987. (Museum object #2007.41.2)

Learn about the strong influence Wisconsin held on the national automobile industry in the early-mid 20th Century.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Arm and leg restraints that bound John McCaffary, the last man executed in Wisconsin, 1851. (Museum object #1976.249.1–.2)

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George Pollard's Palette

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Used by the artist George Pollard of Kenosha, Wisconsin, as a 'scrapbook' of his distinguished career. (Museum object #2007.108.1)
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