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

Discover how The Wisconsin Dells came to prominence as a Midwestern tourism institution.

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More Bank Failures (1857)

Discover the effects that the Panic of 1857 had on La Crosse.

Learn about the various visits Presidents have made to Wisconsin's Capitol city!

Discover Belle Boyd, the celebrity Civil War spy who died while performing in The Wisconsin Dells.

Learn about the most successful Utopian community in Wisconsin and the interesting fact that it was born in the wake of a failed doomsday prediction.

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Labor Day in Wisconsin

Explore the history of Labor Day celebrations in Wisconsin

Discover how two Ojibwe chiefs traveled to Washington DC and negotiated with then-President Millard Fillmore to keep rights to their land.

Discover the connection between P.T. Barnum and the 1853 statewide referendum on liquor sales and why it failed.

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Fort Koshkonong

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