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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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The Origins of Thanksgiving

Examining the historical evidence documenting the first Thanksgiving.

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

Find out where some of the most traveled streets of Madison got their names.

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

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.

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

Discover this bittersweetly tragic story that brings together a feminist pioneer and the infant her husband found in the aftermath of Wounded Knee.

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

Historical Essay

The Birth of Lake Delton

Learn about the rise of Wisconsin Dells tourism, and read about the creation and collapse of the manmade river it was founded on. Links to pictures.

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Madison's First Thanksgiving

Read the story of the first Thanksgiving celebrated in Madison.
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