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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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Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Elaborately beaded jacket worn by pianist, performer, and Wisconsin native Liberace during his performances in the late 1970s. (Museum object #2008.77.1)

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Inauguration gown worn by Wisconsin First Lady Sue Ann Thompson at her first inauguration ball, 1987. (Museum object #2003.61.1a-b)

A brief timeline of Wisconsin history, 1750-1783.

Read about the desperate 1832 battle near Madison, WI, of the starving Sauk, Fox and Kickapoo Native Americans against the British and the Ho-Chunk.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

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

Historical Essay

Elections in Wisconsin

Brief history of elections in Wisconsin.

The history of tanning and leather processing in Wiscosin.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Gold-plated commemorative Ray-O-Vac flashlight produced to celebrate production milestone, 1950. (Museum object #1950.2541)

Read about the pottery industry in Wisconsin, which began when English potters emigrated in the 1840s and operated until the early 20th century.
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