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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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Morris Pratt was a well known psychic medium whose legacy is his eponymous spiritualist institution in Whitewater, known locally as "Pratt's Folly."

Discover how The Wisconsin Dells came to prominence as a Midwestern tourism institution.

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Madison's Fur Traders

The first white residents of Madison were fur traders Wallace Rowan, Olivier Ammel, and Michel St. Cyr.

When and where did The Gideons International really begin? There are more answers then you would think. Give this a read and decide for yourself.

Get to know Isaac P. Walker, the first Wisconsin resident to be a presidential candidate contender in 1850.

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

Read the story of Madison's first and most beloved drunkard, Pinneo.

Discover how Wisconsin got it's first printing press.

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Milwaukee's Maverick Aviator

Milwaukee's William Mitchell went from a court-martial for insubordination to being widely understood to be the father of the modern U.S. Air Force.

Learn about the tragic story of what happened when Ho-Chunk warrior Red Bird and three companions surrender themselves after killing settlers.
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