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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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Epidemic Anniversary

A History of Disease in Wisconsin

Read this informative collection of all the outbreaks and epidemics in Wisconsin's history.

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Driftless Area

Discover the ominously named hilly landscape environment of southwestern Wisconsin.

When the Beaver was King

Discover how beavers transformed Wisconsin's economy in the 1650s for the next two centuries.

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Alice in Dairyland

Brief history of the Alice In Dairyland program, which promotes Wisconsin's dairy industry nationwide.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer

Read about this ardent abolitionist who rose from company captain to brigadier general.

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Skunk Grease Medicine

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Skunk grease made by Henry Blumer as a home health remedy for Adolph Strahm of Green County, Wisconsin, c. 1920. (Museum object #2006.1.1A-B)

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

Brief history of African Americans in Wisconsin.

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