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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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Read the history of Pleasant Ridge, Wisconsin, a unique a community developed by freed Southern African American slaves in the mid-19th century.

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Petrified Man Hoax

Brief description of the Petrified Man Hoax.

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Gein, Edward 1906 - 1984

Murder

Brief biography of Ed Gein (1906-1984).

Brief history of Mass transportation in Wisconsin.

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Original Model Barbie Doll

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Barbie doll purchased in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, c. 1961. (Museum object #1972.17.10)

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

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Industrial School for Girls

Read about the Milwaukee Industrial School reform school, later the Wisconsin Industrial School for Girls and Oakhill Correctional Institution in Oregon

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Kennesaw Mountain, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Read about Wisconsin's role in this Civil War battle. This article includes links to a battle map and original documents.

How the State was Formed

Discover how Wisconsin was formed.

Read about the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) , the New Deal program to conserve natural resources
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