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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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Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Patch that accompanied "Deke" Slayton on Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, July 15-24, 1975. (Museum object #1982.432.1)

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Kickapoo Indians

A Brief Introduction

Read about the term Kickapoo Indians and learn more through links to Kickapoo tribes in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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Schlitz, Joseph 1831 - 1875

brewer, businessman

Brief biography of brewer and businessman Joseph Schlitz (1831-1875).

Brief history of Wisconsin's various capitol buildings built and destroyed over the decades.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 5th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison and mustered into service for three years on July 12, 1861.

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Brentwood, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Read about the 22nd Wisconsin Infantry's role in this Civil War battle. This article includes links to original documents and other accounts of the battle.

Brief biography of newspaperman and eventual Governor (1891-1895)

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Shipwrecks in Wisconsin

Brief history of shipwrecks in Wisconsin.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

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