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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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A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Kehl School of Dancing’s "Midget Wedding" Costume, 1940. (Museum object #2005.108.1A-C)

A brief description of the history of dining out as a cultural tradition in Wisconsin.

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

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

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Lice Comb from Fort Crawford

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Bone lice comb from site of first Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, 1816-1829. (Museum object #1997.62.11941)

A Plot of Land Becomes a City

Discover how Wisconsin went from a small part of a territory to a capital city.

The Story of Lost Bird

Discover this harrowing story that brings together a feminist pioneer and the infant her husband found in the aftermath of Wounded Knee.

Brief description fo the events surrounding Milwaukee's Third Ward fire of 1892.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 20th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison and mustered into service on August 23, 1862.
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