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Historical Essay

Wild Rice

A Brief History of one of Wisconsin's Earliest Crops

Discover the history of wild rice in Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Ainsworth, Ellen (1918-1944)

Nurse and soldier

Discover the history of nurse and soldier Ellen Ainsworth

Historical Essay

Harley-Davidson Knucklehead

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

1941 Model FL motorcycle manufactured by the Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1941. (Museum object #2003.19.1)

Term: Allouez Bay [origin of place name] in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Historical Essay

1880s "Aesthetic" Dress

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Tea gown inspired by the "Aesthetic" Movement of the late nineteenth century, worn by Annie Cronk of Oregon, Wisconsin, c. 1881. (Museum object #1952.128)

Term: Albion [origin of place name] in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Historical Essay

Lapham, Increase, 1811-1875

Wisconsin's First Scientist

Read about Wisconsin's first scientist. Learn about his achievements; including his scientific writings, and his work as an engineer and land surveyor.

Historical Essay

Schurz, Carl (1829-1906)

Wisconsin Civil War Soldier, U. S. Senator, German-Language Newpaper Editor

Read about Carl Schurz, the German immigrant and political reformer who helped elect President Lincoln, fought in the Civil War, served as a U.S. Senator.

Historical Essay

Sundae Sermon

Defining Sundaes

Was the first ice cream sundae made in Wisconsin or New York? Give this whimsical story a read and come to your own conclusion.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 6th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison and was mustered into service on July 16, 1861.

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

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 13th Wisconsin Light Artillery, which served at New Orleans and Baton Rouge during the Civil War.

Wisconsin Works, BadgerCare, Pathways to Independence

Learn about Tommy Thompson's welfare legislation that became a national model for state-supported aid to low-income families and disabled people.

Historical Essay

Robert M. La Follette

Governor and Progressive

Discover how Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette and the Progressive Movement reformed state government and the Republican Party.

Wisconsin Civil War Officer, Politician, Manufacturer

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Block-printed wall hanging produced by workers of the Milwaukee Handicraft Project, 1935-1943. (Museum object #1981.184.4)

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

The 42nd Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison and mustered into service on September 7, 1864.

Learn about how archaeologist explore underwater shipwrecks

The story of Capt. Jonathan Walker whose hand was branded with "S.S." (for "slave stealer") for assisting fugitive slaves.
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