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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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Read about John Till and his miraculous "medical" plaster treatment that got him arrested by the WI State Medical Board a number of times.

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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.

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

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

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Death to Capital Punishment

Read about the final person to be executed in Wisconsin before the state prohibited the death penalty.

Discover how man-made light evolved

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Labor Day in Wisconsin

Explore the history of Labor Day celebrations in Wisconsin

Learn how Alexis St. Martin lived after a shotgun blasted a hole in his side and became a cornerstone of medical literature.

Civil War Battle Summary

Discover the role that Wisconsin troops, including Menominee warriors and our only unit of Black soldiers, played in a dramatic Civil War battle.
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