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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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Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Engine fragment from the van used in the Sterling Hall bombing, 1970. (Museum object #1994.8)

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Polka Rhythms Bandstand

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Bandstand used by Chad Przybylski and his Polka Rhythms of Pulaski, Wisconsin, from c. 1980 until 2003. (Museum object #2003.10.1)

Argument and an Unpopular Choice

Discover how Madison became the capitol city during the first Wisconsin territorial convention

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

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

The Battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia, in May 1864 pitted 100,000 Union troops against 52,000 Confederates.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Historical Essay

Logging in Wisconsin

Brief history of logging in Wisconsin.

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Historical Essay

Menominee Fancy Dance Bustle

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Fancy dance back bustle made of dyed turkey feathers, Neopit, Wisconsin on the Menominee Reservation, c. 1982. (Museum object # 1982.48.8)

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Shiloh, Battle of

Civil War Battle Summary

Learn about Wisconsin's role in one of the bloodiest battles during the Civil War. This article includes links to related documents and images.
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