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Historical Essay

Giant Punt Gun

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Punt gun used to hunt waterfowl on Lake Mendota, Madison, Wisconsin, c. 1866-1870. (Museum object #1947.1743)

Historical Essay

Episcopals in Wisconsin

Brief history of Episcopals in Wisconsin.

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

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Historical Essay

Disasters in Wisconsin

Learn about the meaning of "disasters in Wisconsin" and the various tragedies the state endured.

The Story of Lost Bird

Discover this harrowing story that brings together a feminist pioneer and the infant her husband found in the aftermath of Wounded Knee.

List of known Presidential Visits to Madison.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Mexican-American War Officer

Historical Essay

Old Abe, the War Eagle

Civil War Mascot, 8th Wisconsin Infantry

Read about the war eagle who served as the mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry. This article contains links to original documents, images, and accounts.

Historical Essay

Jimmy the Groundhog

Brief description of Jimmy the Groundhog.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Inauguration gown worn by Wisconsin First Lady Sue Ann Thompson at her first inauguration ball, 1987. (Museum object #2003.61.1a-b)

Historical Essay

Governor Dreyfus's Red Vest

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Red velveteen vest worn by Wisconsin Governor Lee Sherman Dreyfus, c. 1975. (Museum object #1982.450.15)

Historical Essay

French in Wisconsin

Brief history of the French in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 49th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison between December 24, 1864, and March 5, 1865.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, U.S. Marshall, Business Owner

Learn about the pottery company that developed in Edgerton, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Learn about the 44th Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War at Nashville and Paducah, Kentucky, and lost 58 men.

Historical Essay

African American Migration

World War II and it Effect on Blacks

Discover the effects World War II had on Blacks in Wisconsin.

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 more about the 1904 fire that destroyed the third Wisconsin State Capitol.
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