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Brief biography of Helen Farnsworth Mears, the sculptress whose nine-foot statue, "Genius of Wisconsin," now stands in the WI state capitol.

How the Natives Lost Their Land

Learn about the many treaties between the United States government and native tribes.

Read an account of the French explorer who claimed much of Wisconsin for France and who traded with several Indian tribes near Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Historical Essay

Industrial School for Boys

Read about the school for juvenile delinquents that was formed in Waukesha, WI. This article contains links to images and official reports.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Sergeant Major George Driggs of Company E, 8th Wisconsin Infantry, introduced readers of his 1864 memoir to the regiment's mascot and most famous member.

Historical Essay

A League of Their Own

All-American Girls Baseball League Thrives During World War II

The story of the All-American Girls Baseball League that thrilled fans for 12 seasons in cities and towns including Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee.

Historical Essay

Ainsworth, John H. 1940

Term: John H. Ainsworth 1940 in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History

Read about the Wisconsin State Prison at Waupun, which opened in 1851 and housed men and women prisoners.

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

Lesson Plan

The Costs of War

Wisconsin World War II Stories: Europe

Students study national records detailing casualties resulting from World War II and draw conclusions

Historical Essay

Floods in Wisconsin

Read a detailed account of the most significant floods in Wisconsin history. This article contains links to photographs and newspaper articles.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Judge, Lawyer, Politician

Discover the history of William Francis Bailey

Classroom Material

What to Know About Polio

Limping Through Life: A Farm Boy's Polio Memoir

Useful facts about polio and post-polio syndrome

Historical Essay

Parker Pen Trim Lathe

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Trim lathe used by the Parker Pen Company of Janesville, Wisconsin to manufacture pen barrels and caps, c. 1946-1999. (Museum Object #2001.51.1)

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

Agricultural Innovator

Biography of Racine-based Jerome Increase Case, one of the leaders in the agricultural revolution.

Lawyer, Politician, Judge, Author

Discover the history of John Bradley Winslow

Historical Essay

Spiritualist's Séance Robe

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Séance robe worn by Louise Parke during her work as a Spiritualist in Wisconsin, 1895-1905. (Museum object #1958.650)

Historical Essay

Nuclear Fuel Assembly

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Control rod and replica fuel assembly from Wisconsin's first nuclear power plant. (Museum object 1997.56.13-14)
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