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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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Greeks in Wisconsin

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

Learn about the strong influence Wisconsin held on the national automobile industry in the early-mid 20th Century.

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Notable Fires in Wisconsin

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

Learn about the oldest cities and towns in Wisconsin which were established by 1836 and still exist today.

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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)

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

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

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Unitarians in Wisconsin

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

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 13th Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War from 1861-1865, losing 193 men in service.

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Paper Industry in Wisconsin

Brief history of the paper industry in Wisconsin.
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