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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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A Brief Introduction

Read about the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin and learn more through links to the Oneida website and to visual materials in our collections.

Historical Essay

Lottery Ball Drawing Machine

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Ball drawing machine used by the Wisconsin Lottery for Daily Pick 3 and Daily Pick 4 games, 1992-2000. (Museum object #2001.83.16.1A-B)

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Historical Essay

Appleton, Wisconsin

Outagamie County

Discover the history of Appleton, Wisconsin

The Civil Right's Leader Shows his Support

Discover the connection Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King had with the 1960s protests in Milwaukee.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 11th Wisconsin Light Artillery was organized with the 17th Wisconsin Infantry at Camp Randall in Madison on February 22, 1862.

Learn about how the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry helped capture Confederate President Jefferson Davis in 1865.

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Shiloh, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Learn about Wisconsin's role in one of the bloodiest battles during the Civil War. This article includes links to related documents and images.

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The World War II Home Front

The Benefits and Costs of War

Discover how World War II affected daily life in Wisconsin.

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