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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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Abolition and Other Reforms

Read about 19th-century reform movements such as temperance and antislavery, as well as experimental utopian communities, in Wisconsin.

Read about the development of the Republican Party in Wisconsin in the years prior to the Civil War.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

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

Wisconsin Civil War Officer

Read about this ardent abolitionist who rose from company captain to brigadier general.

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Madison's First Thanksgiving

The Power of the Pumpkin

Read the story of the first Thanksgiving celebrated in Madison.

Historical Essay

Iuka, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Learn more about Wisconsin's role in this Civil War battle. This article includes links to view original documents and other accounts of this battle.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Learn about the 14th Wisconsin Infantry, which served from 1862 to 1865 during the Civil War, losing 319 men during that service.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

“Sons in Service” flag from the Washbush home in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, 1917-1918. (Museum object #1985.34.1)

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Epidemic Anniversary

A History of Disease in Wisconsin

Read this informative collection of all the outbreaks and epidemics in Wisconsin's history.
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