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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

20th Century Immigration

The History of Modern Immigration in Wisconsin

Discover the economic and cultural changes that brought new immigrants to Wisconsin in the 20th century.

A New Vision for the United States

Discover how a few key political issues in the 1850s gave birth to the Republican Party

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 52nd Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison in April 1865, at the very end of the war.

A Wisconsin family's photography of their life, pets, parades and other festivities from the late 19th through the early 20th century.

Historical Essay

Madison's First Thanksgiving

The Power of the Pumpkin

Read the story of the first Thanksgiving celebrated in Madison.

Historical Essay

Bull, Ole Borneman 1810-1880

Musician and Concert Violinist

Read about Ole Bull, the Norwegian musician and concert violinist who resided in Madison for several years in the 1870s.

Read about the life of this influential Wisconsonite and his contributions to the field of architecture. Article includes links to many primary sources.

James T. Potter's Photos

View this image collection of architectural details of places in Madison, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Copy of Gilbert Stuart's portrait of George Washington painted by Thomas Sully, 1854. (Museum object #1942.506)

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, 9th Wisconsin Secretary of State, Newspaper Publisher

Thomas S. Allen is best remembered for his leadership of the 5th Wisconsin Infantry during the Civil War.

Historical Essay

Vinnie Ream Marble Sculpture

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Spirito Del Carnevale (Spirit of the Carnival)sculpture by Vinnie Ream, 1870. (Museum Object #1965.270.2)

View images of regional singers and musicians from the Helene Stratman-Thomas folk music project.

The Brief Stay of Rutherford B. Hayes

Discover the visits US presidents have paid to Wisconsin

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 23rd Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison and mustered into service on August 30, 1862.

Historical Essay

Brewing and Prohibition

Read about the brewing industry, the temperance movement, and the effects of prohibition in Wisconsin.

Madison's Soap Box Derby

Learn about the history of Madison's Soap Box Derby, a popular racing sport amongst young boys nation-wide in the early to mid-1900s.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Wisconsin Attorney General and State Senator

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 37th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison and mustered into service on April 9, 1864.
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