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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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A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Historical Essay

Wild Rice

A Brief History of one of Wisconsin's Earliest Crops

Discover the history of wild rice in Wisconsin.

Learn about Robert M. La Follette's significant role in establishing the direct primary elections in Wisconsin.

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

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 9th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Sigel, in Milwaukee, mustered into service on October 26, 1861.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 6th Wisconsin Light Artillery, the Buena Vista Artillery, which served in the Civil War from 1861-1865 and lost 29 men during service.

Evidence of First Feasts

Take a look at some first hand accounts of the ways Native Americans of Wisconsin celebrated their own Thanksgiving ceremonies.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Learn about the 14th Wisconsin Infantry, which served from 1862 to 1865 during the Civil War, losing 319 men during that service.

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Oneota Ceramic Vessel

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Decorated shell-tempered pot from the OT site (47-LC-0262), 1500-1625. (Museum object #1995.218.39)

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X-Ray Shoe Fitting Machine

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Simplex fluoroscope machine by X-Ray Shoe Fitter, Inc., Milwaukee. Most likely used in a Sturgeon Bay shoe store, c 1945-1955. (Museum object #1992.109)
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