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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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Labor Day in Wisconsin

Explore the history of Labor Day celebrations in Wisconsin

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The First Madison Lodgings

Discover the story surrounding the planning and construction of the first building erected in Madison.

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Valentine's Callers

Stories and characters related to the arrival of the telephone in Wisconsin thanks to Janesville's Richard Valentine.

Discover the connections Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King had with the Civil Rights non-violent protests in Milwaukee.

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

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

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Death to Capital Punishment

Read about the final person to be executed in Wisconsin before the state prohibited the death penalty.

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Wisconsin's First Election

Here is the story of Wisconsin's first elections.

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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.

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