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How Wisconsin was Divided

Discover how the Ordinance of 1787 extended government, prohibited slavery and led to the survey of public lands north of the Ohio River.

Historical Essay

Newhall House Hotel Fire

The Tragedy of January 10, 1883

Read about the tragic fire that burned down Milwaukee landmark, the Newhall House Hotel, leaving 76 dead.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Historical Essay

Civil War Loyalty Flag

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

20-star United States Flag used in initiation ceremonies to the Union League, where members swore to protect the Union and its values, Prairie du Chien, Wi

Historical Essay

Falling Waters, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Read about the first Civil War battle in which Wisconsin soldiers engaged with the enemy. This article contains a link to original documents.

Historical Essay

Brown Wedding Dress

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Golden-brown silk gown worn by Miss Mary Dittberner at her 1887 wedding to Bernhard Stieg in Clintonville, Wisconsin. (Museum object #2008.129.1A-B)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Learn about the 11th Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War from 1861 to 1865 and lost 373 men.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

On the march toward Antietam, Maryland, a soldier from the 7th Wisconsin Infantry gets separated from his regiment and asks a local civilian for directions

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

Historical Essay

Victorian Baby Carriage

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Baby carriage used by the McFetridge family of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, c. 1871. (Museum object #1963.135.225)

Lawyer, Judge, Politician and Land Speculator

Biography of lawyer, judge, politician and land speculator Morgan Lewis Martin.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 6th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison and was mustered into service on July 16, 1861.

Historical Essay

Allis, Louis (1866-1950)

Industrialist and Businessman

Biography of Milwaukee industrialist and businessman Louis Allis.

Historical Essay

Burt's Solar Compass

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Solar Compass used to survey lands in Wisconsin and surrounding areas during the 1840s and 1850s. (Museum object #1962.60.2,A)

Circus Performer

Biography of Circus Performer Frederick W. Shadick.

Historical Essay

Travel and Tourism

The Invention of a new Pastime

Discover how new technology helped create the tourist industry in Wisconsin in the 19th century

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

Housing and Racism

Discover the history of the struggle for Civil Rights in Wisconsin

Father of the Wisconsin Dairy Industry, Wisconsin Governor

Find out about the Wisconsin governor who championed for high standards in the dairy industry and founded the State Dairyman's Association.
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