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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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Notable Fires in Wisconsin

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

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Lumbering in Wisconsin

Brief history of lumbering in Wisconsin.

How the Natives Lost Their Land

Learn about the many treaties between the United States government and native tribes.

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Czechs in Wisconsin

Brief history of Czechs in Wisconsin.

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Catlin, John, 1803-1874

Brief biography of pioneer lawyer, politician and railroad man John Catlin.

Brief biography of pioneer lawyer, politician and railroad man John Catlin.

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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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Winnebago War (1827)

Brief description of the Winnebago War.

From Slave to Healer

Learn about Mary Ann Menard, Wisconsin's first doctor.

Evidence of First Feasts

Take a look at some first hand accounts of the ways Native Americans of Wisconsin celebrated their own Thanksgiving ceremonies.

A Plot of Land Becomes a City

Discover how Wisconsin went from a small part of a territory to a capital city.
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