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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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Documented and Legendary Accounts of Lincoln's Visits to Wisconsin

Abraham Lincoln's visits to Wisconsin, documented and legendary.

Brief history of the General Motors plant in Janesville.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

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Aviation in Wisconsin

Brief history of aviation in Wisconsin.

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Parker Pen Trim Lathe

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Trim lathe used by the Parker Pen Company of Janesville, Wisconsin to manufacture pen barrels and caps, c. 1946-1999. (Museum Object #2001.51.1)

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Greeks in Wisconsin

Learn about the Greeks immigrants who came to Wisconsin in the early 20th century.

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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.

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Manufacturing in Wisconsin

Brief history of manufacturing in Wisconsin.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

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