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Draper Manuscripts

Brief explanation of the importance of the manuscripts of Lyman Copeland Draper.
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1930s Folklore Interviews Go Online

Read about thousands of interviews with small-town residents preserving folklore traditions that would otherwise die out. Includes link to interviews.
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Turning Points in Wisconsin History

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View original documents, lesson plans, classroom activities and background essays on key events in Wisconsin history.
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Father Groppi: Marching for Civil Rights

A leveled essay related to the Badger Biographies book Father Groppi: Marching for Civil Rights
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What to Know About Polio

Limping Through Life: A Farm Boy's Polio Memoir
Useful facts about polio and post-polio syndrome
Historical Essay

Pleasant Ridge a Refuge for Former Slaves

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

Jesuit Missionaries in Early Wisconsin

Brief history of Jesuit Missionaries and key figures
Names and brief bios of principal missionaries who served in or wrote about Wisconsin, or are mentioned in Jesuit Relations concerning Wisconsin.
Historical Essay

Wisconsin Territory

A Brief History of Wisconsin before Statehood
Wisconsin's population growth as the territory expanded from 1836 to 1846.
Historical Essay

Wisconsin Territorial Governors

List of Wisconsin's territorial governors from 1836 to 1848 and a brief summation of the responsibilities of the position.
Historical Essay

Bad Axe, Battle of

Brief summation of the events pertaining to the concluding engagement of the Black Hawk War, The Battle of Bad Axe.
Historical Essay

Fort Blue Mounds

Brief description of Fort Blue Mounds, built near the town of the same name during the Black Hawk War of 1832.
Historical Essay

Iron Brigade

Civil War unit
Discover the only Civil War brigade made up chiefly of Wisconsin men, The Iron Brigade.
Historical Essay

Milwaukee, Wisconsin History

History of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Discover historical details and explore our online collections related to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Historical Essay

U.S. Indian Allotment Policy in Wisconsin, 1887-1934

Read about "allotment," which was the Indian policy of the U.S. government from 1887-1934; also called the Dawes Act.
Historical Essay

Survey, Rectangular

History of the U.S. Rectangular Survey
Learn about the "Public Land Survey System," the U.S. General Land Office's system of measuring and naming land.
Historical Essay

Carr, Ezra Slocum (1819-1894)

Brief biography of University of Wisconsin chemistry and natural history professor, Ezra Slocum Carr.
Brief biography of University of Wisconsin chemistry and natural history professor, Ezra Slocum Carr.
Historical Essay

Catlin, John, 1803-1874

Brief biography of pioneer lawyer, politician and railroad man John Catlin.
Brief biography of pioneer lawyer, politician and railroad man John Catlin.
Historical Essay

Wilderness, Battle of the

Civil War Battle Summary
Learn about the Battle of the Wilderness that occurred from May 5 to June 12, 1864.
Historical Essay

Peck, George Wilbur (1840-1916)

Brief biography of newspaperman and eventual Governor (1891-1895)
Historical Essay

Driftless Area

Discover the ominously named hilly landscape environment of southwestern Wisconsin.

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