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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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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.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry, organized at Kenosha, which served in the Civil War 1861-1865 and lost 401 men in service.

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Black History in Wisconsin

Read about Black history in Wisconsin. There are many links to original documents, pictures, eyewitness accounts, and other primary sources.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

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The Rise of Dairy Farming

How Wisconsin Became the Dairy State

Discover how Wisconsin became the Dairy State.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Pair of Nike running spikes worn by Suzy Favor Hamilton during the 2000 track season. (Museum object #2006.110.1A-B)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Learn about the 11th Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War from 1861 to 1865 and lost 373 men.

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English Tudor Logging Camp

The story of how the lumber town of Elchon, WI came to be as aesthetically pleasing as any main street in England or France.

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

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Burt's Solar Compass

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Solar Compass used to survey lands in Wisconsin and surrounding areas during the 1840s and 1850s. (Museum object #1962.60.2,A)
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