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Confederacy President's Experience in Wisconsin

Discover the history of Confederacy president Jefferson Davis in Wisconsin

Historical Essay

Ojibwe Court Case

Buffalo and O-Sho-Ga Protest Forced Removal

Discover how two Ojibwe chiefs traveled to Washington DC and negotiated with President Millard Fillmore to keep rights to their land.

Zoologist, Professor and University President

Biography of zoologist and professor Edward Asahel Birge who was president of the University of Wisconsin from 1918 to 1925.

An Old Man's Tall Tale

Wisconsin pioneer Joseph Crelie was said to be 139 years old when he was exhibited to spectators in 1864. But how old was he really?

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

This Milwaukee born woman successfully advocated for progressive reforms in the educational system and was influential in the Milwaukee socialist movement.

A Wisconsin Educator

Read about the Wisconsinite who was one of the first women to attend the University of Wisconsin and became the president of Milwaukee-Downer College.

Historical Essay

Nash Ambassador Automobile

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

1948 Ambassador sedan, manufactured by the Nash Motors Division of the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation, Kenosha, WI, 1947-1948. (Museum object #1992.156)

Circus Performer

Biography of Circus Performer Frederick W. Shadick.

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 8th Wisconsin Light Artillery, known as "Lyons' Pinery Battery," which was organized at Racine and served in the Civil War from 1862-1865.

Suffragist and Lecturer

Biography of Jessie Annette Jack Hooper, prominent suffragist in Wisconsin civic reform groups and women's organizations.

Historical Essay

Wisconsin's Early Schools

How the University was Began

Discover how the lack of educational opportunities in Wisconsin helped create the University of Wisconsin.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Historical Essay

Surveying 1830s Wisconsin

Learn about the creation of Wisconsin's first maps, with links to the surveyors' notebooks and diaries and the state's first township maps.

Historical Essay

Petersburg, Siege of

Civil War Battle Summary

Read about Wisconsin troops' role in the 10-month Union siege of Petersburg, Virginia, which led to the surrender of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Deauville-style chair used at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Memorial Union Terrace on Lake Mendota, 1930s. (Museum object #1982.271.9)

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Wisconsin Civil War Regiment

Read about the 30th Wisconsin Infantry, which served in the Civil War 1862-1865 and lost 69 men in service.

Historical Essay

1857 Promenade Dress

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Promenade dress worn by Hannah Billinghurst of Juneau, Wisconsin, 1857. (Museum object #1955.1449,A)

Historical Essay

Bascom Hill Pink Flamingo

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Pink flamingo from the flock that graced Bascom Hill on on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, 1979. (Museum object #1979.302A-C)
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