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A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Brief bio of Richard Theodore Ely, professor, economist, social reformer and author who played a votal role in shaping the "Wisconsin Idea."

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Winning entry for the first Alice in Dairyland dress design, 1948. (Museum object #2005.157.1)

Black Voting Rights Activist

Biography of Ezekiel Gillespie who was active in Milwaukee's small Black community, especially on voting rights issues.

A Wisconsin Educator

Read about the Wisconsinite who was one of the first women to attend the University of Wisconsin and became the president of Milwaukee-Downer College.

Chief of the Sauk Indians

Biography of Indian war chief Black Hawk

Historical Essay

Workman's Time Recorder

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Time clock used by workers at the Appleton Woolen Mills, Appleton, Wisconsin, c. 1894 - c. 1915. (Museum object #1964.58.1,A)

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Desk used by Milwaukee Alder Vel Phillips, made by the Northwestern Furniture Company for Milwaukee City Hall, 1895. (Museum object #2007.16.1)

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.

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

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Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 48th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Washburn in Milwaukee in February-March 1865, just a few weeks before the war ended.

Read about the life of this influential Wisconsonite and his contributions to the field of architecture. Article includes links to many primary sources.

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Historical Essay

Nicolet, Jean 1598-1642

French Explorer

Biography of French explorer Jean Nicolet, believed to be the first European to see Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

King, Gen. Rufus (1814-1876)

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Newspaper Editor

Brief biography of Gen. Rufus King, a leader of the famous Iron Brigade and influential newspaper editor.

Historical Essay

Beaver Top Hat

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Top hat made from beaver felt and worn by Green Bay resident Morgan L. Martin, c. 1825. (Museum object #1968.644)

Newspaperman, Politician and Inventor

Biography of newspaperman, a politician and typewriter inventor Christopher Latham Sholes.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Wisconsin Governor

Brief biography of Gov. Louis P. Harvey, helped organize the Republican Party in 1854, state senator from 1854-1857 and in 1862 became governor.

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