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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 how man-made light evolved

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A League of Their Own

All-American Girls Baseball League Thrives During WWII

The story of the All-American Girls Baseball League that thrilled fans for 12 seasons in cities and towns including Kenosha, Racine, and Milwaukee.

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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.

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

Discover how Wisconsin got it's first printing press.

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Petersylvania, Wisconsin

Read the amazing story of a man who watched his potential 10,000-square-mile northern Wisconsin empire disappear into thin air.

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

Learn about the election that was so close that Wisconsin briefly had two governors until one was exposed for tampering with ballots.

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