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Historical Essay

Berger, Victor, 1860-1929

Symbol of Milwaukee Socialism

Learn about the man who was the symbol of Milwaukee Socialism. Read about his involvement in the newspaper business, politics, and his anti-war stance.

Historical Essay

Big Boy

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Trade figure from the Big Boy restaurant on South Park Street, Madison, Wisconsin, 1971-1985. (Museum object #1993.52)

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.

Poet and Temperance Advocate

Biography of Wisconsin poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

Brief biography of Helen Farnsworth Mears, the sculptress whose nine-foot statue, "Genius of Wisconsin," now stands in the WI state capitol.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 30th Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War 1862-1865 and lost 69 men in service.

Two Lawyers Spur Abolitionist Reform and Universal Voting Rights

Learn how Byron Paine and Halbert E. Paine used the power of law for radical abolitionist reform in mid-19th century Wisconsin.

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

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Co. F of the 29th Infantry, U.S. Colored Troops, was the only African American Civil War unit credited to Wisconsin

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

Historical Essay

Milwaukee's Maverick Aviator

Milwaukee's William Mitchell went from a court-martial for insubordination to being widely understood to be the father of the modern U.S. Air Force.

How Industry Transformed the State

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

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Lumber Mill Owner, Founded the Town of Somerset

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Historical Essay

Carpenter's Tool Chest

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Tool chest used by carpenter Charles Colburn of Wonewoc, Wisconsin, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. (Museum object #2004.137.1-248)

Steamships, Canals and the 19th Century Economy

Discover what happened when 19th century Wisconsin settlers tried to construct a canal between the Mississippi and the Great Lakes.

Too Progressive for Wisconsin

Discover why Wisconsin's 1846 was re-written and passed in 1848

Read about this Wisconsonite, whose leadership in the Women's Suffrage Movement helped Wisconsin become the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

"Bright beer" storage tank by Dunck Tank Works, Milwaukee, c 1910. Used by Stevens Point Brewery, Stevens Point, c 1915-1995.(Museum object #2007.83.2)

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Read a soldier's letter describing how some soldiers generally treated chaplains during the Siege of Vicksburg.
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