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Learn how contact with Europeans, the fur trade, and warfare among the tribes drove many Indans to the Wisconsin territory in the 17th century.

Historical Essay

Kennesaw Mountain, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Read about Wisconsin's role in this Civil War battle. This article includes links to a battle map and original documents.

The Many Varied Photographs

Read about the diverse career of photographer Harold Gauer, who is perhaps best known for his humorous photographs.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Learn about the life and career of self-proclaimed 'Photo Artist' from Baraboo who had a vast range of photographic abilities.

Historical Essay

Space Age Brassiere

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Strapless bra worn by Clara Kuester of Clintonville, Wisconsin and made by Jantzen, Inc. in the early 1950s. (Museum object #2000.74.28)

Historical Essay

War of 1812 Cannonball

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Fragment of six-pound cannonball fired in battle between American and British forces on July 1814 at Prairie du Chien, Illinois Territory (now Wisconsin).

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 41st Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War 1864-1865 and lost 18 men during service.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 6th Wisconsin Light Artillery, the Buena Vista Artillery, which served in the Civil War from 1861-1865 and lost 29 men during service.

Learn about Wisconsin's contributions to the Civil War effort, including the Iron Brigade and Old Abe, the war eagle.

Read about Wisconsin's Indian tribes and their changing legal status throughout the 20th century.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

On July 4, 1863, Mary Gates writes to her fiancé, Colonel Rufus Dawes of the 6th Wisconsin Infantry, as he turns 25 years old during Battle of Gettysburg

Historical Essay

1930s Permanent Wave Machine

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Frederics permanent wave machine used in Crisella's Beauty Shop in Blanchardville, Wisconsin, late 1930s. (Museum object #1986.79.2)

Historical Essay

Atlanta Campaign

Civil War Battle Summary

By seizing Atlanta, Georgia, the center of Confederate industry and transportation, the Union crippled the Confederacy's ability to wage war.

Historical Essay

Champion Hill, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Learn about Wisconsin's role in this Civil War battle. This article includes links to battle maps and original documents.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Elaborately beaded jacket worn by pianist, performer, and Wisconsin native Liberace during his performances in the late 1970s. (Museum object #2008.77.1)

Learn the inside story of the Teasdale Vice Committee Investigation of 1913 in Wisconsin and their crusade against "social evil."

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)

Learn about the history of Christmas cards and their various uses during World War I and II, and in postwar America.
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