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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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Early U.S. Settlement

Military Outposts in Wisconsin

Read how American forts were established and settlement increased in Wisconsin after the War of 1812.

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Petersylvania, Wisconsin

A Bizarre Story of Land Prospecting Gone Awry

Read the amazing story of a man who watched his potential 10,000-square-mile northern Wisconsin empire disappear into thin air.

Brief history of the fishing industry in Wisconsin.

Fur Trader

Brief bio of Augustin Grignon, a fur trader who ran a gristmill and flour mill at Kaukauna.

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Roads in Wisconsin (early)

Brief history of early roads in Wisconsin.

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Indian schools in Wisconsin

Brief history of Indian schools in Wisconsin.

Brief history of the factory system (fur trade) in Wisconsin.

Learn about the origin, and the many spellings and multiple meanings of "Wisconsin."

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Catholics in Wisconsin

Brief history of Catholics in Wisconsin.

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Bra Flag

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Land of the Freed-up Woman American flag banner made from bras, 1971. (Museum object #2000.79.1)
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