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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 Man with the Iron Hand

Learn about explorer Robert de La Salle's iron-handed chief lieutenant, Henri de Tonty, and what resulted in most likely the worst winter of his life.

The story of Louise Williams who provided business and legal counsel for women who lived all over southern WI for five decades after the Civil War.

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

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Madison's First Thanksgiving

Read the story of the first Thanksgiving celebrated in Madison.

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

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Epidemic Anniversary

Read this informative collection of all the outbreaks and epidemics in Wisconsin's history.

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

Discover how two Ojibwe chiefs traveled to Washington DC and negotiated with then-President Millard Fillmore to keep rights to their land.

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The Crowning of King James

Early Mormon leader James J. Strang declares himself successor to Joseph Smith, relocates followers to Burlington, WI, and has himself crowned "king."

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How Madison Became a City

Madison went from a small village in 1836 to being organized and governed as a city in 20 years time
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