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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.

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The Story of Memorial Day

Discover the history of Memorial Day celebrations in Wisconsin.

Discover how Wisconsin got it's first printing press.

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

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

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

Learn about the various visits Presidents have made to Wisconsin's Capitol city!

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

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Bonne Fete, Sieur La Salle!*

Robert de La Salle was on the first expedition to the upper Great Lakes and went on to claim the Mississippi River watershed in the name of France.

Discover how man-made light evolved
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