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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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Travel and Tourism

The Invention of a new Pastime

Discover how new technology helped create the tourist industry in Wisconsin in the 19th century

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Lime industry in Wisconsin

Brief history of the Lime industry 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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Adventists in Wisconsin

Read about the Seventh-day Adventist Church and other Adventist goups in Wisconsin in the 19th century, including the Scandinavian adventist communities.

Learn the brief history of commercial vegetable processing in Wisconsin.

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Icelanders in Wisconsin

Brief history of Icelanders in Wisconsin.

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

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Tornadoes in Wisconsin

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

Brief history of the fishing industry in Wisconsin.

Brief history of the ice harvesting industry in Wisconsin.
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