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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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Brief history of Christian Science in Wisconsin.

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Paper Industry in Wisconsin

Brief history of the paper industry in Wisconsin.

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Edgerton Bible Case

Brief explanation of The Edgerton Bible case and its wider ramifications.

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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.

Read about the most famous escapes of fugitive slaves along Wisconsin's Underground Railroad. Includes links to primary sources.

Brief history of the General Motors plant in Janesville.

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Farming and Industry

How a Disaster Made Wisconsin the Dairy State

Discover how Wisconsin became the nation's leader in wheat long before it was renowned for dairy, and the disaster that made it all possible.

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Unitarians in Wisconsin

Learn about the advent of Unitarianism in Wisconsin in the mid-19th century.

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Notable Fires in Wisconsin

See a list and brief description of significant fires in Wisconsin history.

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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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