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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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Learn about the election that was so close that Wisconsin briefly had two governors until one was exposed for tampering with ballots.

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Labor Day in Wisconsin

Explore the history of Labor Day celebrations in Wisconsin

Learn how Alexis St. Martin lived after a shotgun blasted a hole in his side and became a cornerstone of medical literature.

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Fort Koshkonong

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

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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.

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More Bank Failures (1857)

Discover the effects that the Panic of 1857 had on La Crosse.

Discover the connections Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King had with the Civil Rights non-violent protests in Milwaukee.

Discover how The Wisconsin Dells came to prominence as a Midwestern tourism institution.
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