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Learn how the landscape of Wisconsin, which was transformed by the glaciers, shaped the history of the state.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Festivus pole made of extruded aluminum alloy, manufacturer The Wagner Companies, Milwaukee, WI, used by Gov. Jim Doyle, 2005.(Museum object 2007.84.1A-C)

Historical Essay

Surveyor's Tree Blaze

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Surveyor's tree blaze from the 1841 expedition to lay out the boundary between Wisconsin and Michigan, found at Trout Lake, Vilas County, Wisconsin. (Museu

Historical Essay

Milwaukee Orphanage Shirt

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Shirt given to a child leaving St. Joseph Orphanage, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, c. 1920. (Museum object #2005.82.1)

Historical Essay

Bull Run, Second Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Read about Wisconsin's role in the Civil War battle that drove the Union army back to Washington, DC. This article includes links to original documents.

Historical Essay

King, Gen. Rufus (1814-1876)

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Newspaper Editor

Brief biography of Gen. Rufus King, a leader of the famous Iron Brigade and influential newspaper editor.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Historical Essay

Madison's First Thanksgiving

Read the story of the first Thanksgiving celebrated in Madison.

Historical Essay

Jose Canseco Baseball Card

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Baseball card featuring Jose Canseco of the Madison Muskies, published by Larry Fritsch Cards, Inc, Stevens Point, WI, 1983. (Museum object #1984.156.13)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The components of the 1st Wisconsin Heavy Artillery regiment were spread throughout the South during the war.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Author

Learn about the Colonel who kept detailed accounts of several important battles of the Civil War.

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

Historical Essay

The Birth of Lake Delton

Learn about the rise of Wisconsin Dells tourism, and read about the creation and collapse of the manmade river it was founded on. Links to pictures.

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

Historical Essay

Corinth, Siege of

Civil War Battle Summary

This Union victory stopped the movement of Confederate troops and supplies throughout much of the South.

Historical Essay

Fort Koshkonong

Learn the story surrounding the building of Fort Koshkonong by General Henry Atkinson.

Brief bio of Richard Theodore Ely, professor, economist, social reformer and author who played a votal role in shaping the "Wisconsin Idea."

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Read how Colonel Louis Crane of the 3rd Wisconsin Infantry shared his feelings with his brother, James, on the day before the battle of Cedar Mountain
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