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Historical Essay

Depression and Unemployment

Read about the Great Depression, its effect on Wisconsin industry, agriculture, banks and labor, and New Deal efforts that aided economic recovery.

Historical Essay

Knights of Labor

Term: Knights of Labor in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

On July 1, 1863, Colonel Rufus R. Dawes and the 6th Wisconsin Infantry bravely move forward amid hidden enemy fire and finally capture the rebels

Historical Essay

Troop (Civil War)

Term: Troop (Civil War) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Historical Essay

Dairyland Rat Poison

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Dairyland Rat Poison container made for the Wisconsin Pharmacal Co. of Milwaukee, 1955-1965. (Museum object #1999.143.34)

Wisconsin Civil War Officer

He traveled the world as a young naval officer before helping to lead the 4th Wisconsin Infantry during the Civil War. He died in battle.

Historical Essay

Birl (logging)

Term: Birl (logging) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Historical Essay

Fort Michilimackinac

Term: Fort Michilimackinac in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

This Milwaukee born woman successfully advocated for progressive reforms in the educational system and was influential in the Milwaukee socialist movement.

Historical Essay

Adjutant General (Civil War)

Term: Adjutant General (Civil War) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Wisconsin Works, BadgerCare, Pathways to Independence

Learn about Tommy Thompson's welfare legislation that became a national model for state-supported aid to low-income families and disabled people.

View many photographs of Cassville Wisconsin's varied river life, taken by Frank W. Feiker

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

On the march toward Antietam, Maryland, a soldier from the 7th Wisconsin Infantry gets separated from his regiment and asks a local civilian for directions

Historical Essay

Civil War: 18th Infantry

Term: Civil War (18th Infantry) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Historical Essay

Ojibwe Presentation Pipe

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Ojibwe pipe presented to Wisconsin territorial governor James Duane Doty, 1844. (Museum object #1955.399,A)

Historical Essay

Milwaukee Sewer Socialism

Read about the era in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when Milwaukee became the first Socialist city in the United States.

Term: Columbia Rifles (Civil War military unit) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Term: Milwaukee Riflemen (Civil War) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Historical Essay

Bohunk (logging)

Term: bohunk (logging) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Historical Essay

Fort Edward Augustus

Term: Fort Edward Augustus in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

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