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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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Hodag

Learn more about the fictitious animal that appeared in lumberjack folklore. This article contains links to original documents.

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Winnebago War (1827)

Brief description of the Winnebago War.

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Potter Law (1874)

Brief explanation of The Potter Law (1874).

Brief description fo the events surrounding Milwaukee's Third Ward fire of 1892.

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Woman Suffrage Tunic

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Parade tunic worn by Wisconsin suffrage supporter during Republican National Convention in Chicago, Illinois, 1916. (Museum object #1956.1450)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 22nd Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War 1862-1865 and lost 243 men during service.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 45th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison on November 8, 1864.

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Freethinkers in Wisconsin

Brief history of Freethinkers in Wisconsin.

A Brief Introduction

Read about the Stockbridge-Munsee community in Wisconsin and learn more through links to the band's website and to visual materials in our collections.

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Cornish in Wisconsin

Brief history of the Cornish in Wisconsin.
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