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From Slave to Healer

Learn about Mary Ann Menard, Wisconsin's first doctor.

Historical Essay

Scotch Giant's Shoe Last

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Shoe last (form) used to make boots for Frederick Shadick of Cottage Inn, Wisconsin, 1849-1854. (Museum object #1968.15.1)

Historical Essay

Gay History in Wisconsin

Contains links to relevant articles.

Historical Essay

Hmong in Wisconsin

Bries explanation of Hmong communities in Wisconsin.

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

Steamships, Canals and the 19th Century Economy

Discover what happened when 19th century Wisconsin settlers tried to construct a canal between the Mississippi and the Great Lakes.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Portrait of Lucius Fairchild by John Singer Sargent, 1887. (Museum object #1942.305)

Historical Essay

Missionary Ridge, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Read about Wisconsin's role in one of the engagements that broke the Confederate siege of Chattanooga, TN. The article includes links to related documents.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Baseball uniform worn by William Gates, second baseman for the Wittenberg Grays in the early 1920s. (Museum object #1975.90A-B)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 33rd Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Utley in Racine and mustered into service on October 18, 1862

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

General Bragg recalls Captain Dennis Dailey, of Company G, 6th Wisconsin Regiment, who attempted to seize an entire Confederate brigade by himself

Historical Essay

The Vietnam War

America's Longest, Most Expensive War

Discover the history of America's longest, most expensive war and the incredible events that happened in Wisconsin.

Important events in Wisconsin history, from 1622-1699.

French Fur Trader

Learn about one of the first French fur traders to visit Wisconsin. Read about his experiences with Indian tribes and his exploration of the countryside.

Learn more about the 1904 fire that destroyed the third Wisconsin State Capitol.

Historical Essay

The Origins of Thanksgiving

It's not What You Might Think

Discover the historical evidence of the first Thanksgiving.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Politician, University of Wisconsin Regent

Read about one of the Democratic Party politicians around the time of the Civil War. This article details his Civil War service and contains several links.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Badge worn to support William Jennings Bryan by Wisconsin delegate Charles Donohue at Democratic Convention, Denver, July 1908 (Museum object #1997.36.1)

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.

Historical Essay

Cranberry Harvesting Rake

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Handmade all wooden cranberry rake used for harvesting cranberries in Grand Marsh, Wisconsin, early 20th century. (Museum object # 1973.121)

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