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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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Learn about the various visits Presidents have made to Wisconsin's Capitol city!

Discover how electric power came to Wisconsin homes, business, and farms in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

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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.

Read about opposition to and participation in World War I before and during American involvement, as well as anti-German sentiment in Wisconsin.

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Happy Days Bowling Shirt

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Leopard Lodge League bowling shirt costume worn on Happy Days television series, 1977-1984. (Museum object #2006.39.1)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 48th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Washburn in Milwaukee in February-March 1865, just a few weeks before the war ended.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Historical Essay

Vinnie Ream Marble Sculpture

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Spirito Del Carnevale (Spirit of the Carnival)sculpture by Vinnie Ream, 1870. (Museum Object #1965.270.2)
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