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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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Discover how man-made light evolved

Read the story of Madison's first and most beloved drunkard, Pinneo.

Learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor through these first hand accounts from Wisconsinites who were there when it happened.

Learn about Mary Ann Menard, Wisconsin's first doctor.

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Madison's First Thanksgiving

Read the story of the first Thanksgiving celebrated in Madison.

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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.

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English Tudor Logging Camp

The story of how the lumber town of Elchon, WI came to be as aesthetically pleasing as any main street in England or France.

In 1959 Rev. A.A.A. Schmirler traced the path Fr. Rene Menard took in 1661 down northern Wisconsins rivers to discover where Menard likely died.

Find out where some of the most traveled streets of Madison got their names.

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The Story of Memorial Day

Discover the history of Memorial Day celebrations in Wisconsin.
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