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Learn about the development of professional sports teams in Wisconsin in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Influential Early Wisconsin Settlers

Learn about the origin, and the many spellings and erronious meanings of Wisconsin

Historical Essay

The Founding of Major Cities

Read how land speculation and the development of transportation spurred settlement in 19th-century Wisconsin, leading to the rise of larger cities.

A Short History of Wisconsin

Historical Essay

Curling in Wisconsin

Discover the rich history of the sport of curling in Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Wisconsin's First Election

Here is the story of Wisconsin's first elections.

A Short Biography

Read about the development of social and cultural institutions such as public schools, churches, colleges and universities and Indian mission schools.

Promotions on Paper, 1850s-1975

Custom-designed letterheads were a universal way of proclaiming who you were. Historical letterheads are prime examples of early branding.

Discover how Wisconsin got it's first printing press.

Historical Essay

The War of 1812

Learn about the War of 1812 in Wisconsin when the British relinquished control over that territory and Americans took over the fur trade in the region.

Read an account of the French explorer who claimed much of Wisconsin for France and who traded with several Indian tribes near Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The first and only manifestation The Virgin Mary in the United States confirmed by Vatican officials happened near Green Bay.

Learn how the Ordinance of 1787 extended government, prohibited slavery, and let to the survey of public lands northwest of the Ohio River.

Photographs of Public Libraries in Wisconsin

Learn about how the Wisconsin Free Library Commission helped to establish and improve free public libraries in Wisconsin.

A Historical Look at Service Stations

Photographs of Wisconsin gas stations portray the development of service station architecture.

Wisconsin History textbooks will tell us that Jean Nicolet was the first white person to reach our state, but there's evidence that he was the second.
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