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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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Historical Essay

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)

Geologist, Archaeologist, and Soldier

Brief biography of Charles Whittlesey (1808 - 1886).

The Printer and the Priest

Discover how Wisconsin got its first printing press, and the impact that a Catholic priest would have on Ho-Chunk literacy.

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Lumbering in Wisconsin

Brief history of lumbering in Wisconsin.

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

Learn about the development of professional sports teams in Wisconsin in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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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.

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

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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.

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Manufacturing in Wisconsin

Brief history of manufacturing in Wisconsin.
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