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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."

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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.

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

Read about how Madison was chosen the capitol city during the first Wisconsin territorial convention

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Epidemic Anniversary

Read this informative collection of all the outbreaks and epidemics in Wisconsin's history.

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

The first and only manifestation The Virgin Mary in the United States confirmed by Vatican officials happened near Green Bay.

Discover Belle Boyd, the celebrity Civil War spy who died while performing in The Wisconsin Dells.

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

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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