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Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Wisconsin Attorney General and State Senator

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

Read about the pottery industry in Wisconsin, which began when English potters emigrated in the 1840s and operated until the early 20th century.

Historical Essay

Prohibition Soda Pop

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Case of soda pop bottles shipped by the Kurth Company of Columbus, Wisconsin during prohibition, 1920-1933. (Museum object #1994.77.1)

Historical Essay

Lithuanians in Wisconsin

Learn about the Lithuanians who emigrated to Wisconsin in the early 20th century and again after World War II.

Read about Wisconsin's role in the development of the environmental movement in the United States in the 20th century.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

"Blitz Fog" pesticide package, manufactured for Northern Industries, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, c. 1965-1967. (Museum object # 1999.143.22)

Historical Essay

Dow riot (1967)

Brief description of the Dow riots that took place in Madison during the Vietnam war and politicized thousands of previously apathetic students.

Brief history of the labor movement in Wisconsin.

How Industry Transformed the State

Discover how skilled industries like ship building and paper milling transformed Wisconsin history.

Read an account of the French explorer who claimed much of Wisconsin for France and who traded with several Indian tribes near Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Wisconsin's First Election

Creating the Wisconsin Territory

Discover the story of Wisconsin's first elections and how the state was divided into its present-day areas.

Historical Essay

Schorer, Mark 1908-1977

Novelist, Biographer, Scholar and Teacher

Biography of novelist, biographer, scholar and teacher Mark Schorer.

Historical Essay

Swedes in Wisconsin

Brief history of Swedes in Wisconsin.

Pitcher

Learn about Warren Spahn, who pitched for the Milwaukee Braves from 1953 to 1964.

Historical Essay

Farming and Industry

How a Disaster Made Wisconsin the Dairy State

Discover how Wisconsin became the nation's leader in wheat long before it was renowned for dairy, and the disaster that made it all possible.

Learn about the oldest cities and towns in Wisconsin which were established by 1836 and still exist today.

How the State was Formed

Discover how Wisconsin was formed.

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

Learn about the origin, and the many spellings and multiple meanings of "Wisconsin."
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