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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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Valentine's Callers

Stories and characters related to the arrival of the telephone in Wisconsin thanks to Janesville's Richard Valentine.

Learn about the various visits Presidents have made to Wisconsin's Capitol city!

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The Budget Deficit of 1921

Read about Gov. John J. Blaine's plan to deal with the Budget Deficit of 1921.

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The Man with the Iron Hand

Learn about explorer Robert de La Salle's iron-handed chief lieutenant, Henri de Tonty, and what resulted in most likely the worst winter of his life.

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

Learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor through these first hand accounts from Wisconsinites who were there when it happened.

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Fort Koshkonong

Learn the story surrounding the building of Fort Koshkonong by General Henry Atkinson.

Discover the role the Wisconsin played in women being allowed to practice law in The Supreme Court.

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Curling in Wisconsin

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