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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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Milwaukee Handicraft Project

The Milwaukee Handicraft Project was a program of the Work Projects Administration (WPA) that employed women to make handmade products.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

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Dairy Farming in Wisconsin

How Wisconsin Became the Dairy State

Brief history of the dairy industry in Wisconsin.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Mirro Sno-Coaster sled manufactured by Aluminum Goods Manufacturing Co. of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, 1955. (Museum object #2006.2.1)

List of Wisconsin's territorial governors from 1836 to 1848 and a brief summation of the responsibilities of the position.

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Bra Flag

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Land of the Freed-up Woman American flag banner made from bras, 1971. (Museum object #2000.79.1)

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Paramount records

Brief entry on Paramount records, based out of Grafton, WI, which produced some of the nation's most important early blues recordings.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

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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.
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