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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 Constitutional Convention's Influence on the City

Find out where some of the most traveled streets of Madison got their names.

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How Madison Became a City

Madison went from a small village in 1836 to being organized and governed as a city in 20 years time

The Brief Stay of Rutherford B. Hayes

Discover the visits US presidents have paid to Wisconsin

Speculating on a Dream

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