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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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Learn about the various visits Presidents have made to Wisconsin's Capitol city!

Read the story of Madison's first and most beloved drunkard, Pinneo.

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Madison's Fur Traders

The first white residents of Madison were fur traders Wallace Rowan, Olivier Ammel, and Michel St. Cyr.

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Madison's Castle

In the late 1800s there was a castle on the shore of Lake Mendota OTHER than the Red Gym. This is that castle's mysterious story.

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The First Madison Lodgings

Discover the story surrounding the planning and construction of the first building erected in Madison.

Read about how Madison was chosen the capitol city during the first Wisconsin territorial convention

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The Story of Memorial Day

Discover the history of Memorial Day celebrations in Wisconsin.

Join cantankerous British geologist George Featherstonehaugh as travels to Madison in 1837 and finds things not as he expected them to be

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Pierce, Hattie, 1829-1944

Born into slavery, Hattie Pierce lived 115 years and was able to fully experience both life before and after emancipation.

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Madison's First Thanksgiving

Read the story of the first Thanksgiving celebrated in Madison.
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