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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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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.

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Luxembourgers in Wisconsin

Brief history of Luxembourgers in Wisconsin.

Brief history of the ice harvesting industry in Wisconsin.

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X-Ray Shoe Fitting Machine

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Simplex fluoroscope machine by X-Ray Shoe Fitter, Inc., Milwaukee. Most likely used in a Sturgeon Bay shoe store, c 1945-1955. (Museum object #1992.109)

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

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Belgians in Wisconsin

Brief history of Belgians in Wisconsin.

Brief history of the fishing industry in Wisconsin.

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Icelanders in Wisconsin

Brief history of Icelanders in Wisconsin.

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Tornadoes in Wisconsin

Read about tornadoes in Wisconsin, including some of the worst to have struck the state.
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