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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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Historical Essay

Early Two-Piece Bathing Suit

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Two-piece bathing suit worn by Lois Nelson of Racine, Wisconsin, c. 1947. (Museum object #2003.113.6A-B)

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

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

Historical Essay

Brewing and Prohibition

Read about the brewing industry, the temperance movement, and the effects of prohibition in Wisconsin.

Learn about the influx of African Americans to Wisconsin and the economic conditions that brought them in the decades following World War II.

Historical Essay

Purim Costume

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Costume worn by Gary Ray Howards of Racine during the Jewish holiday of Purim, 1957. (Museum object #2003.20.2)

Learn about Wisconsin's contributions to the Civil War effort, including the Iron Brigade and Old Abe, the war eagle.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

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

Historical Essay

Racine Belles Movie Costume

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Racine Belles baseball uniform costume worn in the 1992 movie, A League of Their Own. (Museum object #2008.145.1.1)
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