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Read about the early French explorers who mapped and described the Wisconsin territory in the 17th century.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Campaign jacket worn by Chris Farley in the 1996 movie "Black Sheep." (Museum object #2007.86.1)

Harry and Roy Aitken

View the photographic stills from early silent film producers and Waukesha natives Harry and Roy Aitken.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

On the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1, 1863, the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry struggles to escape from encroaching Confederates

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Learn about the 44th Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War at Nashville and Paducah, Kentucky, and lost 58 men.

Underground Newspapers of the 1960s and 1970s

Images of the Wisconsin Historical Society's collection of underground newspapers.

Historical Essay

Paul Bunyan

America's Best-Known Folk Hero

Read about America's best-known folk hero. This article details the extensive folklore tradition surrounding the legacy of Paul Bunyan.

Read about how Madison was chosen the capitol city during the first Wisconsin territorial convention

Read about Earth Day's founder, Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin senator and early environmentalist.

View many photographs of Cassville Wisconsin's varied river life, taken by Frank W. Feiker

Madison's Settlement House

Images of Madison's only settlement house, Neighborhood House, from 1916 until the 1960.

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

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

Historical Essay

Vitamin-Finding Feces Bucket

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Sheetmetal bucket with wooden handle. Collected cow manure for University of Wisconsin, Madison, nutrition experiments, 1907-1911.(Museum object #1992.103)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 53rd Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison during March and April 1865, at the very end of the war.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, U.S. Marshall, Business Owner

Historical Essay

The Origins of Thanksgiving

It's not What You Might Think

Discover the historical evidence of the first Thanksgiving.

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

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Fruit Famer, Postmaster

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 19th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison and mustered into service on April 30, 1862.
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