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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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Brief history of the General Motors plant in Janesville.

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Caine Mutiny Costume

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Naval uniform costume worn by actor Fred MacMurray in the 1954 motion picture "The Caine Mutiny." (Museum object #2009.19.1)

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Curling in Wisconsin

Discover the rich history of the sport of curling in Wisconsin.

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Boy's Dress

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Dress worn by John Kiser as a child near Oregon, Wisconsin, c. 1856. (Museum object #1950.5744)

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Capital, Attempted Removal

Brief description of the various attempts to move the Wisconsin Capitol building to other locations.

Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to West Bend, Wisconsin.

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Fallen Timbers, Battle of

Read about the Battle of Fallen Timbers and the subsequent Treety of Greenville which compelled the Indians to treat with the United States

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Puerto Ricans in Wisconsin

Brief history of Puerto Ricans in Wisconsin.

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Paper Industry in Wisconsin

Brief history of the paper industry in Wisconsin.

Two Lawyers Spur Abolitionist Reform and Universal Voting Rights

Learn how Byron Paine and Halbert E. Paine used the power of law for radical abolitionist reform in mid-19th century Wisconsin.
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