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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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The story of Louise Williams who provided business and legal counsel for women who lived all over southern WI for five decades after the Civil War.

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Bonne Fete, Sieur La Salle!*

Robert de La Salle was on the first expedition to the upper Great Lakes and went on to claim the Mississippi River watershed in the name of France.

Read about Ho-Chunk Chief Dandy's interesting and friendly interactions with white settlers in Wisconsin, even while he was a fugitive.

The story of Mary Hayes-Chynoweth, one of Wisconsin's best-known mystics who also predicted the future on a number of occasions.

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A League of Their Own

All-American Girls Baseball League Thrives During WWII

The story of the All-American Girls Baseball League that thrilled fans for 12 seasons in cities and towns including Kenosha, Racine, and Milwaukee.

Learn about the most successful Utopian community in Wisconsin and the interesting fact that it was born in the wake of a failed doomsday prediction.

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Madison's First Thanksgiving

Read the story of the first Thanksgiving celebrated in Madison.

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The Story of Memorial Day

Discover the history of Memorial Day celebrations in Wisconsin.

Read the sad story of the naturally-conceived set of quintuplets, born in Watertown, believed to be the first set of quints in the US.

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Curling in Wisconsin

Discover the rich history of the sport of curling in Wisconsin.
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