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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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Hardanger Fiddle

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Mid-nineteenth century violin converted into Hardanger fiddle by Knute Hellund, c. 1893. (Museum object #1973.56)

Read about John Till and his miraculous "medical" plaster treatment that got him arrested by the WI State Medical Board a number of times.

Historical Essay

Arkansas Post, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Learn about the Civil War battle that gave Union forces control of the Mississippi River. Article details Wisconsin's involvement in the battle.

Read about Wisconsin's role in the development of the environmental movement in the United States in the 20th century.

Read about Governor Tommy Thompson's efforts to revitalize Wisconsin's economy and reform the state's welfare programs in the 1980s and 1990s.

Historical Essay

Wild Rice Harvesting

Read about the importance of wild rice as a food staple to the Ojibwe and Menominee Indians in northern Wisconsin.

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Reform of Military Hospitals

Read about Cordelia Harvey's mission to reform Civil War era military hospitals and how invaluable her efforts were.
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