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Historical Essay

Wooden Curling Stone

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Wooden curling stone used near Lodi, Wisconsin in the 19th century. (Museum object #1957.205)

The 1849 Sketches of James F. Wilkins

View this selection of drawings by James F. Wilkins, created on his journey on the Overland Trail from Missouri to Califonia in 1849.

Term: Village of Albany, Green Co. in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Historical Essay

Bascom, John (1827-1911)

Educator, University President and Author

Brief biography of John Bascom, president of the University of Wisconsin from 1874 to 1887.

Historical Essay

Mining in Northern Wisconsin

The Boom and Bust of the 19th Century

Discover how the copper boom and bust of the 19th century permanently altered the communities of northern Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Agenda, Town of, Ashland Co.

Term: Town of Agenda, Ashland Co. in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Historical Essay

Bull Run, First Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Learn about Wisconsin's involvement in the first major engagement of the Civil War. Article includes links to related images and documents.

Term: Allouez Bay [origin of place name] in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Historical Essay

Watertown Rifles (Civil War)

Term: Watertown Rifles (Civil War) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

The Constitutional Convention's Influence on the City

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

Historical Essay

Civil War: 1st Infantry

Term: Civil War (1st Infantry) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Historical Essay

Coat of Arms, Wisconsin's"

Term: Wisconsin's Coat of Arms in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

The Early History of Wisconsin’s Historical Markers Program

The Early History of Wisconsin’s Historical Markers Program.

Banker, Politician, Congressman and Railroad Promoter

Biography of banker, politician, Congressman and railroad promoter and executive Alexander Mitchell.

Learn about the first extreme winters in Wisconsin suffered by explorers and settlers in the 17th through 19th centuries, with links to other articles

Historical Essay

The First Madison Lodgings

From Under a Tree to Madison's Most Popular Lodge

Discover the story surrounding the planning and construction of the first building erected in Madison.

Historical Essay

Almena, Barron Co.

Term: Almena, Barron Co. in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Historical Essay

Civil War: 2nd Cavalry

Term: Civil War (2nd Cavalry) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

On May 3, 1863, near Chancellorsville, Virginia, the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry is troubled by a new assistant surgeon with questionable skills.

Historical Essay

Miss Annie Mae's Church Hat

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Hat worn by Annie Mae McClain to services at the Tabernacle Community Baptist Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Museum object #2006.103.2)
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