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Historical Essay

Grand Army of the Republic

Term: Grand Army of the Republic in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Historical Essay

Ella Wheeler Wilcox Doll

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Doll depicting Wisconsin poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox made by Milwaukee artist Joan (Beringer) Pripps, 1947-1948. (Museum object #2007.139.19)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 7th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison, mustered into service on September 2, 1861.

Historical Essay

The Origins of Thanksgiving

It's not What You Might Think

Discover the historical evidence of the first Thanksgiving.

Read how Robert La Follette, the Wisconsin Republican Party and the Progressive Movement reformed state government in the early 20th century.

Historical Essay

The Conservation Movement

Read how the modern conservation movement began and flourished in Wisconsin in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

A Nostalgic Look at Wisconsin Winters

Explore this gallery featuring the best and most interesting Wisconsin winter photographs.

Historical Essay

Wisconsin State Fair

Wisconsin State Fair in 1851 to showcase the state's advances in agricultural

Wisconsin State Fair first held in Janesville in 1851, sponsored by the State Agricultural Society to showcase the advances in agricultural machinery.

View images from Cornelius (Neal) L. Harrington’s collection of photographs highlighting Wisconsin state parks, preserves and forests.

Historical Essay

land office

Term: land office in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Term: Richland County Plowboys (Civil War) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Photographs and Poetic Texts

Learn about the experimental style of one of the country's most respected scholars in the field of photography and archives.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Historical Essay

Civil War: 35th Infantry

Term: Civil War (35th Infantry) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Term: Evergreens (Civil War military unit) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Term: Oconto River Drivers (Civil War) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Historical Essay

Aide-de-camp (Civil War)

Term: Aide-de-camp (Civil War) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Historical Essay

Fugitive Slave Collar

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Iron collar removed from a fugitive slave by Wisconsin soldiers in 1862. (Museum object #1961.73)

Read about the career of Milwaukee-based photographer Simon L. Stein who is known for his portraits of prominent Wisconsin citizens.
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