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

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Shipbuilding in Wisconsin

Brief history of shipbuilding in Wisconsin.

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Peshtigo Fire

Brief account of the Peshtigo Fire that, in 1871, destroyed in two hours a swath of forest 10 miles wide and 40 miles long.

Learn about the Disciples of Christ, who first became active in Wisconsin in the 1830s.

How Industry Transformed the State

Discover how skilled industries like ship building and paper milling transformed Wisconsin history.

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Utopians in Wisconsin

Brief history of Utopians in Wisconsin.

Brief history of the fishing industry in Wisconsin.

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Sundae Sermon

Defining Sundaes

Was the first ice cream sundae made in Wisconsin or New York? Give this whimsical story a read and come to your own conclusion.

Learn the brief history of commercial vegetable processing in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Mirro Sno-Coaster sled manufactured by Aluminum Goods Manufacturing Co. of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, 1955. (Museum object #2006.2.1)
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