Historical Essay


Origin of Wilson, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Wilson, Wisconsin

Historical Essay

Survey, Rectangular

History of the U.S. Rectangular Survey

Learn about the "Public Land Survey System," the U.S. General Land Office's system of measuring and naming land.

Historical Essay


Origin of Galesville, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Galesville, Wisconsin.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

On May 31, 1864, the 6th Infantry take advantage of the shade while encamped in Virginia to battle not enemy troops but body lice.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Lumberman

Brief biography of Col. Joseph Bailey, the lumberman famous for his creative application of dams during the failed Civil War Red River Campaign of 1864.

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

Historical Essay

Trade Unions in Wisconsin

Brief history of trade unions in Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Wood County

Origin of Wood County, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Wood County, Wisconsin

Indian Agent

Biography of Indian agent Joseph Montfort Street.

How the French Began the Fur Trade

Discover how early French explorers mapped Wisconsin and began the state's fur trade.

Historical Essay

Bascom Hill Pink Flamingo

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Pink flamingo from the flock that graced Bascom Hill on on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, 1979. (Museum object #1979.302A-C)

This image gallery depicts Madison, Wisconsin, as a hub of dynamic social, political and cultrual change from the 1960s through the mid-1970s.

Term: Albion [origin of place name] in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Historical Essay


Origin of Eden, Wisconsin

Discover the history of Eden, Wisconsin

Historical Essay

Civil War: 1st Cavalry

Term: Civil War (1st Cavalry) in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

How the Natives Lost Their Land

Learn about the many treaties between the United States government and native tribes.

Historical Essay

Porlier, Jacques 1765-1839

Fur Trader and Chief Justice

Biography of fur trader and chief justice of the Brown County Court Jacques Porlier.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Learn about the 17th Wisconsin Infantry, which served from 1862 to 1865 during the Civil War, losing 269 men during that service.

Historical Essay

Anneke, Mathilde, 1817-1884

This woman founded the first feminist newspaper in the United States. Read about her dedication to women's rights and her opposition to slavery.

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