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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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Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Road jersey worn by Milwaukee Braves first baseman Joe Adcock in 1957. (Museum object #2006.68.1)

Historical Essay

The Civil War Home Front

Discover how the Civil War affected life on the home front and the role of women in supporting the war effort.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The components of the 1st Wisconsin Heavy Artillery regiment were spread throughout the South during the war.

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

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

United States Senate campaign banner for Milwaukee Socialist Congressman Victor L. Berger, April 1918. (Museum object #1992.168)

Discover the connection between P.T. Barnum and the 1853 statewide referendum on liquor sales and why it failed.

Historical Essay

Lead Toy Soldier Casting Kit

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Toy-Moulds set made by the Make-A-Toy Co. and used by the Asmuth family of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1930s. (Museum object #1962.228.30,A-U)

Historical Essay

Milwaukee Orphanage Shirt

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Shirt given to a child leaving St. Joseph Orphanage, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, c. 1920. (Museum object #2005.82.1)
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