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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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Read about the Cold War, the Korean War, and the rise of the anti-communist movement in the 1950s spearheaded by Joseph McCarthy.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Baseball uniform worn by William Gates, second baseman for the Wittenberg Grays in the early 1920s. (Museum object #1975.90A-B)

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Arndt Vest

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Vest worn by Charles C.P. Arndt when he was shot on the floor of the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature, 1842. (Museum object #1963.300)

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

merciless bullets rang and soldiers were slaughtered as Captain Rufus R. Dawes' 6th Wisconsin Infantry was pinned down by enemy sharpshooters.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

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Gumball Slot Machine

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Trade stimulator gumball slot machine seized from a Shullsburg, Wisconsin tavern in 1945. (Museum object #2008.13.1A-B)

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Road jersey worn by Milwaukee Braves first baseman Joe Adcock in 1957. (Museum object #2006.68.1)

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Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 33rd Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Utley in Racine and mustered into service on October 18, 1862
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