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Historical Essay

Land Speculation and Cities

How Real Estate Owners Created Wisconsin

Discover how land owners promoted their towns and villages for settlers and created the cities you know today.

Learn about the history of Wisconsin between the years 1700-1749.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Lawyer, Politician

Read about the creation and early success of the famous Ringling Brothers circus founded in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Lottery Ball Drawing Machine

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Ball drawing machine used by the Wisconsin Lottery for Daily Pick 3 and Daily Pick 4 games, 1992-2000. (Museum object #2001.83.16.1A-B)

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

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Deauville-style chair used at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Memorial Union Terrace on Lake Mendota, 1930s. (Museum object #1982.271.9)

Historical Essay

Solomon Adler (1816 - 1890)

Clothing Merchant and Jewish Serviceman

Discover the history of merchant and serviceman Solomon Adler

Historical Essay

Durand

Origin of Durand, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Durnad, Wisconsin.

Term: Civil War (9th Light Artillery) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Historical Essay

Cast Iron Effigy Mound Model

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Cast iron Wisconsin effigy mound model in the shape of a "trunk and arms of a man", designed by Increase A. Lapham, c. 1875. (Museum object #1975.8.12)

Historical Essay

Baptists in Wisconsin

Learn about the Baptist congregations which began organizing in Wisconsin in the 1830s.

Historical Essay

Watertown Rifles (Civil War)

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

Historical Essay

Shipbuilding in Wisconsin

Brief history of shipbuilding in Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Lumberjack Saved Union Fleet

3,000 Dam the Red River

Read this wild story about a Wisconsin Dells lumberjack applying his knowledge of dams to help Union forces escape a Confederate attack.

Historical Essay

Grantsburg

Origin of Grantsburg, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Grantsburg, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

The Black Hawk War

A Misunderstanding Leads to Massacre

Discover how a Treaty Misunderstanding led to the Massacre of Thousands of Sauk Indians

Historical Essay

WPA (in Wisconsin)

Read about the Works Progress Administration and efforts to create jobs and stimulate the economy in Wisconsin during the Great Depression.

Historical Essay

Civil War: 16th Infantry

Term: Civil War (16th Infantry) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Inventor, Explorer and Taxidermist

Term: Carl Ethan Akeley (1864-1926) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History
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