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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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The Story of Memorial Day

Discover the history of Memorial Day celebrations in Wisconsin.

Discover the connection between P.T. Barnum and the 1853 statewide referendum on liquor sales and why it failed.

Discover how man-made light evolved

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English Tudor Logging Camp

The story of how the lumber town of Elchon, WI came to be as aesthetically pleasing as any main street in England or France.

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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Bonne Fete, Sieur La Salle!*

Robert de La Salle was on the first expedition to the upper Great Lakes and went on to claim the Mississippi River watershed in the name of France.

Find out where some of the most traveled streets of Madison got their names.

Discover the significant role that the Peace Pipe has played in a number of moments throughout Wisconsin's history.

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A League of Their Own

All-American Girls Baseball League Thrives During WWII

The story of the All-American Girls Baseball League that thrilled fans for 12 seasons in cities and towns including Kenosha, Racine, and Milwaukee.

Discover the role the Wisconsin played in women being allowed to practice law in The Supreme Court.
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