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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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Cheese in Wisconsin

Brief history of cheese in Wisconsin.

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Influenza Epidemic of 1918

Brief description of the Influenza Epidemic of 1918.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Learn more about the 1st Wisconsin Light Artillery. This article contains links to original documents.

Brief history of the General Motors plant in Janesville.

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Boy's Dress

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Dress worn by John Kiser as a child near Oregon, Wisconsin, c. 1856. (Museum object #1950.5744)

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Puerto Ricans in Wisconsin

Brief history of Puerto Ricans in Wisconsin.

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Baraboo, Wisconsin.

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Sioux Uprising (1862)

Brief description of the 1862 Sioux Uprising.

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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)

Read about the Home for Women, a reformatory for women aged 18 -31, and the State Prison for Women, which became the Taycheedah Correctional Institution.
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