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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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Oldest Toast in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Charred bread slices recovered from the Alden's Corners archaeological site in Dane County, Wisconsin. (Museum object #2002.211.1,3,5)

Historical Essay

Punch Card Voting Device

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Votomatic punch card voting device used in Walworth County, Wisconsin, until 2000. (Museum object #2006.24.1)

Historical Essay

Spotsylvania, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Learn about Wisconsin's involvement in one of the fiercest battles of the Civil War. This article includes links to primary sources and battle maps.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 46th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison and mustered into service on March 2, 1865, only a few weeks before the war ended.

Historical Essay

Nativity Scene Crèche Set

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Nativity scene creche set assembled and used by a Polish-American family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin beginning around 1895. (Museum accession #2007.100)

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Mequon, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Pauline Pottery Covered Jar

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Hand-painted earthenware jar manufactured by the Pauline Pottery, Edgerton, Wisconsin, 1888-1892. (Museum object # 1964.95.1,A)

Historical Essay

Frank Lloyd Wright Furniture

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Chest of drawers with mirror designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for commercial market, c. 1955. (Museum object #1995.2.2.1-2)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 38th Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War 1864-1865 and lost 113 men during service.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Eagle feather from Old Abe, the mascot of the 8th Regiment of the Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. (Museum object #1972.59)
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