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Wisconsin History Essays

Learn something new about the past and gain a deeper understanding of your world. Hundreds of essays tell the stories of the people, places and events that are Wisconsin history.

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Death to Capital Punishment

Read about the final person to be executed in Wisconsin before the state prohibited the death penalty.

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English Tudor Logging Camp

The story of how the lumber town of Elchon, WI came to be as aesthetically pleasing as any main street in England or France.

Discover how The Wisconsin Dells came to prominence as a Midwestern tourism institution.

Morris Pratt was a well known psychic medium whose legacy is his eponymous spiritualist institution in Whitewater, known locally as "Pratt's Folly."

Read about John Till and his miraculous "medical" plaster treatment that got him arrested by the WI State Medical Board a number of times.

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Labor Day in Wisconsin

Explore the history of Labor Day celebrations in Wisconsin

Read the story of Madison's first and most beloved drunkard, Pinneo.

The story of Louise Williams who provided business and legal counsel for women who lived all over southern WI for five decades after the Civil War.
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