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

Historical Essay

The First Madison Lodgings

From Under a Tree to Madison's Most Popular Lodge

Discover the story surrounding the planning and construction of the first building erected in Madison.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Kelvinator Microwave “Radarange” thought to be the first home microwave oven used in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 1956. (Museum object #1985.30)

Learn about the Vietnam War and Wisconsin's role in supporting and opposing the American involvement in that conflict.

Historical Essay

Travel and Tourism

Discover how advancements in transportation, especially railroads and later the automobile,aided the growth of tourism in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Concentration camp sweater worn by Tadeusz Kowalczyk while a prisoner at Auschwitz during World War II. (Museum object #1985.92)

Learn about the various visits Presidents have made to Wisconsin's Capitol city!

Historical Essay

Hispanics in Wisconsin

Learn about the history of Hispanic Americans in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 33rd Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Utley in Racine and mustered into service on October 18, 1862

Read how German Americans opposed Americanization and Native Americans opposed assimilation through English instruction in their schools.
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