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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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Madison's Fur Traders

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

Discover the significant role that the Peace Pipe has played in a number of moments throughout Wisconsin's history.

The story of Capt. Jonathan Walker whose hand was branded with "S.S." (for "slave stealer") for assisting fugitive slaves.

Read about John Till and his miraculous "medical" plaster treatment that got him arrested by the WI State Medical Board a number of times.

Historical Essay

Labor Day in Wisconsin

Explore the history of Labor Day celebrations in Wisconsin

Discover Eau Claire's naughty past as a hub of prostitution for the lumbermen looking to support the world's oldest profession.

Read the sad story of the naturally-conceived set of quintuplets, born in Watertown, believed to be the first set of quints in the US.

Learn about the most successful Utopian community in Wisconsin and the interesting fact that it was born in the wake of a failed doomsday prediction.

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The Story of Memorial Day

Discover the history of Memorial Day celebrations in Wisconsin.
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