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Historical Essay

Electrical Power

How Wisconsin Became an Electrical Pioneer

Discover the electrical innovations that made Wisconsin one of America's most important electric centers

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 9th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Sigel, in Milwaukee, mustered into service on October 26, 1861.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer

Read about the colonel of the 6th Wisconsin Infantry who was also one of the leaders of the Iron Brigade. This article includes several links.

Historical Essay

First Practical Typewriter

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Sholes & Glidden typewriter developed by Christopher Latham Sholes of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and marketed c. 1874. (Museum object #1964.31)

Read about the most famous escapes of fugitive slaves along Wisconsin's Underground Railroad. Includes links to primary sources.

Historical Essay

The Civil War Home Front

How the Women of Wisconsin Helped Win the War

Discover how women on the Wisconsin home front helped win the Civil War.

Learn how Frank Zeidler propelled social, economic and structural improvements in Milwaukee as America's last Socialist Mayor in 1948 - 1960.

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

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 43rd Wisconsin Infantry from Milwaukee, which served in the Civil War 1864-1865 and lost 75 men in service.

Drawing the Line from the Mississippi to Lake Michigan

Discover how businessmen and the legislature cooperated to create Wisconsin's first railroad.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Bandana featuring music score for campaign song "We Want Teddy," used at a Milwaukee campaign rally for Theodore Roosevelt, 1912. (Museum object #1970.204)

Historical Essay

Old Abe and the Iron Brigade

Wisconsin in the Civil War

Discover how a pet eagle named Old Abe helped Wisconsin serve the Union in the Civil War

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 35th Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War 1864-1865 and lost 276 men during service.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Evacuation Route road sign used to direct Milwaukee, Wisconsin residents out of town in the event of a potential nuclear bomb detonation, installed 1955-19

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 41st Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War 1864-1865 and lost 18 men during service.

Historical Essay

World Series Welcome Sign

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

"Welcome" sign used to decorate lamp posts in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the 1957 World Series. (Museum object #2007.68.1)

Historical Essay

African American Migration

World War II and it Effect on Blacks

Discover the effects World War II had on Blacks in Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Women's History in Wisconsin

Provides a comprehensive summary of women's history in Wisconsin and contains primary sources from the 16th century to the early 21st century.

Historical Essay

Curling in Wisconsin

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