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Drawing the Line from the Mississippi to Lake Michigan

Discover how businessmen and the legislature cooperated to create Wisconsin's first railroad.

Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Wisconsin Model Academic Standards

Download the chart that describes how each chapter of the student textbook correlates to academic standards

Historical Essay

Depression and Unemployment

Hard Times in Wisconsin

Discover the role Wisconsin played in ending the Great Depression

Historical Essay

1957 Soap Box Derby Racer

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

"Soap box" coaster car operated by Van Steiner in the All-American Soap Box Derby in 1957. (Museum object # 2009.56.1)

Historical Essay


Origin of Denzer, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Denzer, Wisconsin.

Origin of the Des Plaines River

Brief description of the history of the Des Plaines River.

Online Exhibit

Toy Stories

Read and share stories about favorite childhood toys and games.

Historical Essay

More Bank Failures (1857)

Discover the effects that the Panic of 1857 had on La Crosse.

Historical Essay

School Forests

Brief description and history of school forests.

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.

Historical Essay

Appleton, Wisconsin

Outagamie County

Discover the history of Appleton, Wisconsin

Historical Essay

Schurz, Carl (1829-1906)

Wisconsin Civil War Soldier, U. S. Senator, German-Language Newpaper Editor

Read about Carl Schurz, the German immigrant and political reformer who helped elect President Lincoln, fought in the Civil War, served as a U.S. Senator.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Historical Essay

Cheesemaking in Wisconsin

Brief history of cheesemaking in Wisconsin.

Origin of the city of Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Reaume, Charles 1752-1821


Brief biography of legendary judge Charles Reaume.

Supplemental materials for the 4th-grade textbook, 'Wisconsin: Our State Our Story'

Chapter 8 supplemental materials for the 4th-grade textbook, 'Wisconsin: Our State Our Story'

Historical Essay


Origin of Gilman, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Gilman, Wisconsin.

Brief history of the carriage and wagon industry in Wisconsin.

Lawyer and Senator

Biography of lawyer and U.S. Senator Matthew Hale Carpenter.
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