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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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Discover how two Ojibwe chiefs traveled to Washington DC and negotiated with then-President Millard Fillmore to keep rights to their land.

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The Crowning of King James

Early Mormon leader James J. Strang declares himself successor to Joseph Smith, relocates followers to Burlington, WI, and has himself crowned "king."

Learn about the election that was so close that Wisconsin briefly had two governors until one was exposed for tampering with ballots.

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The Origins of Thanksgiving

Examining the historical evidence documenting the first Thanksgiving.

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Fort Koshkonong

Learn the story surrounding the building of Fort Koshkonong by General Henry Atkinson.

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

Learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor through these first hand accounts from Wisconsinites who were there when it happened.

Wisconsin pioneer Joseph Crelie, might have been exhibited to spectators in 1864 as being 139 years old. But how old was he really?

The story of Louise Williams who provided business and legal counsel for women who lived all over southern WI for five decades after the Civil War.

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Wisconsin's First Election

Here is the story of Wisconsin's first elections.
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