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Historical Essay

Bank Riot of 1861

Historical Essay


Origin of Fairwater, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Fairwater, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay


Origin of Foster, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Foster, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Pierce, Hattie, 1829-1944

Born into slavery, Hattie Pierce lived 115 years and was able to fully experience both life before and after emancipation.

Contractor and Politician

Discover the history of Augustus A. Bird

Access Information

View original documents, lesson plans, classroom activities and background essays on key events in Wisconsin history.

National History Day Competitions

View Wisconsin NHD State Event results since 2000

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 32nd Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Bragg in Oshkosh and mustered into service on September 25, 1862.

Last Known Female Ho-Chunk Chief

Read an account of the success and legacy of the last known Ho-Chunk female chief and her children.

Lawyer, Politician, and Life Insurance Executive

Discover the history of Michael Joseph Cleary

Brief history of the Civil Rights Movement in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Lawyer, Governor's Guard

Read about a very influential Civil War Colonel that served as aide-de-camp to the top commanders of the Iron Brigade. Includes inks to learn more.

Historical Essay

Civil War Draft Drum

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Military draft raffle drum used to select draftee names in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the Civil War, 1863-1864. (Museum object #1966.174)

Editor and Women's Right Activist

Discover the history of Theodora Winton Youmans

Historical Essay

Caine Mutiny Costume

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Naval uniform costume worn by actor Fred MacMurray in the 1954 motion picture "The Caine Mutiny." (Museum object #2009.19.1)

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

Chemist, Inventor, and Professor

Discover the history of Stephen Moulton Babcock

Wisconsin and the Civil War

Use the writing of Marcus "Brick" Pomeroy to examine different opinions on the Civil War

Historical Essay


Origin of Morris, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Morris, Wisconsin.


Discover the history of Washington Becker
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