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Historical Essay

Joseph Wolter (1857 - 1929)

Shipbuilder and Businessman

Discover the history of Joseph Wolter

Historical Essay


Origin of Janesville, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Janesville, Wisconsin.

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

Mullet River, Sheboygan Co.

Origin of the Mullet River

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Historical Essay

X-Ray Shoe Fitting Machine

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Simplex fluoroscope machine by X-Ray Shoe Fitter, Inc., Milwaukee. Most likely used in a Sturgeon Bay shoe store, c 1945-1955. (Museum object #1992.109)

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

Historical Essay

Ainsworth, Ellen (1918-1944)

Nurse and soldier

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Historical Essay


Origin of Mosinee, Wisconsin

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Larger Than Life Images of Animals and Produce

Learn about the tall-tale postcard industry and the career of photographer Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr.

Circus Performer

Biography of Circus Performer Frederick W. Shadick.

Historical Essay

Racine County

Origin of Racine County, Wisconsin

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Historical Essay


Origin of Millville, Wisconsin

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Historical Essay

La Prairie

Origin of La Prairie, Wisconsin

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Civil War Battle Summary

Brief summary of the Battle of Appomattox Court House where Confederate General Robert E. Lee was forced to surrender to Union commander Ulysses S. Grant.

Historical Essay

Prairie du Chien

Origin of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

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Historical Essay

Canals in Wisconsin

Read about the canal era in Wisconsin, including the canal at the portage between the Fox and Wisconsin rivers and the Milwaukee and Rock River Canal

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.

Historical Essay

The War of 1812

Wisconsin's Involvement with the war on the French, British and Natives

Learn how the British relinquished control of Wisconsin and Americans took over the region's fur trade during the war of 1812.

Historical Essay


Origin of Fifield, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Fifield, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay


Origin of Doran, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Doran, Wisconsin.
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