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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 First Madison Lodgings

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

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Curling in Wisconsin

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

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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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Death to Capital Punishment

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

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Epidemic Anniversary

Read this informative collection of all the outbreaks and epidemics in Wisconsin's history.

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

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Wisconsin's First Election

Here is the story of Wisconsin's first elections.

Discover Belle Boyd, the celebrity Civil War spy who died while performing in The Wisconsin Dells.

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