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From Sacred Calumets to Ashtrays

Discover the important role that tobacco and the Peace Pipe have played throughout Wisconsin's history.

How Years of Failure led to Success

Discover the history of suffrage in Wisconsin, and how the state became the first to ratify the 19th amendment after many difficulties.

Historical Essay

Fort Koshkonong

A Fortification That may not Have Existed

Learn the story surrounding the building of Fort Koshkonong by General Henry Atkinson.

Historical Essay

Madison Fire Company Banner

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Madison Fire Company No. 2 silk banner, 1857. (Museum object #1951.288)

Read about Governor Tommy Thompson's efforts to revitalize Wisconsin's economy and reform the state's welfare programs in the 1980s and 1990s.

Menominee War Chief

Learn about the leadership of this Menominee War Chief and his negotiations with the U.S. Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

Historical Essay

Stephen Bolles (1866 - 1941)

Newspaperman and Politician

Discover the history of Stephen Bolles

A New Vision for the United States

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

Learn about the creation of the U.S. Social Security system and Wisconsin's extensive influence on the program.

Historical Essay

Williams, Eleazer 1788-1858

Canadian Clergyman, Missionary and Con Artist

Biography of Eleazer Williams, a Canadian clergyman and missionary who claimed to be the French Lost Dauphin.

Check out some vital statistics and fun facts about Wisconsin

Historical Essay

Plants native to Wisconsin

Brief description of plants native to Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 10th Wisconsin Light Artillery was organized at New Lisbon and mustered into service on February 10, 1862, at Camp Utley in Racine.

Historical Essay

Woodland

Origin of Woodland, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Woodland, Wisconsin

Historical Essay

Frog Bay

Origin of Frog Bay, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Frog Bay, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

The Wisconsin Angel

A Brief Biography of Cordelia Harvey

Discover how Cordelia Harvey went from teaching school children to petitioning President Abraham Lincoln for Wisconsin hospitals.

Photographs of Public Libraries in Wisconsin

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

Historical Essay

Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975

Learn more about this Madisonian's contribution to the literary community. This article details his Pulitzer prize-winning plays and novels.

Historical Essay

New Richmond tornado (1899)

Brief description of the New Richmond tornado (1899).

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