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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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English in Wisconsin

Brief history of English immigrants in Wisconsin.

The Constitutional Convention's Influence on the City

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

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Catholics in Wisconsin

Brief history of Catholics in Wisconsin.

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Fort Koshkonong

A Fortification That may not Have Existed

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

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

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Gein, Edward 1906 - 1984

Murder

Brief biography of Ed Gein (1906-1984).

Brief history of Mass transportation in Wisconsin.

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

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Industrial School for Girls

Read about the Milwaukee Industrial School reform school, later the Wisconsin Industrial School for Girls and Oakhill Correctional Institution in Oregon

How the State was Formed

Discover how Wisconsin was formed.
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