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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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Historical Essay

Soap Box Derby Racer

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

"Soap box" coaster car operated by Van Steiner in the All-American Soap Box Derby in 1957. (Museum object # 2009.56.1)

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Warner "Auto-Meter," Model K-2, made by the Warner Instrument Company of Beloit, Wisconsin, c. 1906-1910. (Museum object #1989.81.1)

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Cardboard Hanukkah decoration used by three generations of a Wisconsin family, c. 1960. (Museum object #2002.388.6)

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Baseball bat issued to Milwaukee Braves second baseman Red Schoendienst for the 1957 World Series. (Museum object #2005.128.1)

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Badge worn to support William Jennings Bryan by Wisconsin delegate Charles Donohue at Democratic Convention, Denver, July 1908 (Museum object #1997.36.1)

Historical Essay

Original Model Barbie Doll

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Barbie doll purchased in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, c. 1961. (Museum object #1972.17.10)

Historical Essay

Madison Style Ice Boat Model

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Madison Style ice boat model built by the Bernard family, c. 1917, rebuilt 1977. (Museum object #1983.292)

Learn about the origin, and the many spellings and erronious meanings of Wisconsin

Read the history of Pleasant Ridge, Wisconsin, a unique a community developed by freed Southern African American slaves in the mid-19th century.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Read a soldier's letter describing how some soldiers generally treated chaplains during the Siege of Vicksburg.
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