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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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1930s UW Gym Suit

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

University of Wisconsin student gym suit worn by George Williams, 1933-1934. (Museum object #2005.144.1.1-2)

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Banjo-ukulele used by jingle composer Richard Trentlage in the first recording of the Oscar Mayer Wiener Song, 1962. (Museum object #2009.59.1)

Read the story of Madison's first and most beloved drunkard, Pinneo.

Historical Essay

Spotsylvania, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Learn about Wisconsin's involvement in one of the fiercest battles of the Civil War. This article includes links to primary sources and battle maps.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Winning entry for the first Alice in Dairyland dress design, 1948. (Museum object #2005.157.1)

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Half gallon milk bottle used by Hoard's Dairyman Farm of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, c. 1934-1944. (Museum Object 1977.354.84)

Historical Essay

Dairyland Rat Poison

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Dairyland Rat Poison container made for the Wisconsin Pharmacal Co. of Milwaukee, 1955-1965. (Museum object #1999.143.34)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 22nd Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War 1862-1865 and lost 243 men during service.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 1st Wisconsin Infantry. Includes links to a longer history, the Infantry's roster, list of casualities, original documents and assignments.

Historical Essay

Allis-Chalmers Governor

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Governor for hydraulic turbine engine, made by the Allis-Chalmers Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1905. (Museum object #2008.64.1)
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