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Wisconsin Facts

Statehood: May 29, 1848
Capital: Madison
Nickname: Badger State
State Animal: Badger
State Beverage: Milk
State Bird: American Robin
State Dance: Polka
State Dog: American Water Spaniel
State Domesticated Animal: Dairy Cow
State Fish: Muskellunge (Musky)
State Flower: Wood Violet
State Fossil: Trilobite Calymene Celebra
State Grain: Corn
State Insect: Honey Bee
State Mineral: Galena
State Motto: Forward
State Rock: Red Granite
State Soil: Antigo Silt Loam
State Song: On Wisconsin
State Symbol of Peace: Mourning Dove
State Tree: Sugar Maple
State Wildlife Animal: White-tailed Deer
Area: 56,153 sq. mi; 26th largest state
Highest Point: Timms Hill at 1952 ft.
Lowest Point: 581 ft on the shore of Lake Michigan

Wisconsin entered the Union on May 29th, 1848, as the 30th state. The state is named for the Wisconsin River, the name of which is derived from the French version of an Indian term which may mean, "gathering at the waters" or "place of the beaver." Wisconsin's nickname, the Badger State, refers to the miners who burrowed into the hillsides like badgers while searching for lead in the 1820's.


A Brief Wisconsin History

Wisconsin was first inhabited by varied Native American tribes in the 17th century. They included the Algonquian-speaking Menominee, Kickapoo, Miami, the Siouan-speaking Winnebago, Dakota (or Sioux) and Iowa. In the mid-1600's other groups entered Wisconsin, including the Fox, Sac, Potawatomi and Ojibewa (Chippewa).

The Wisconsin region was first explored for France by Jean Nicolet, who landed at Green Bay in 1634. Jean Nicolet, a native of France, was the first explorer to reach the area while searching for the Northwest Passage to China in 1634. The French lost possession of Wisconsin and all of its territories east of the Mississippi to Great Britain during the French and Indian War.

In 1660 a French trading post and Roman Catholic mission were established near present-day Ashland.

Great Britain obtained the region in settlement of the French and Indian Wars in 1763; British possession of Wisconsin ended in 1783, when Britain signed the treaty ending the American Revolution. Because the U.S. government had no effective control over Wisconsin, it remained under  unofficial British control. Fur trade continued as the foundation of Wisconsin's economy.

The first wave of American settlers in Wisconsin came in the 1820's as a result of a lead mining boom in northwest Illinois and southwest Wisconsin. The movement of white settlers into the Midwest caused intense conflict when the federal government and settlers attempted to move Native Americans from their lands. Federal policies included uprooting entire tribes and forcing them to resettle west of the Mississippi. When the Sac people tried to return in 1832, the Black Hawk war started ending in the Bad Axe Massacre with less than 1000 Native Americans surviving. Other Wisconsin tribes either left the area, or negotiated reservation lands.

The region was successively governed as part of the territories of Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan between 1800 and 1836, when it became a separate territory.

No longer having opposition from the Native Americans, a second wave of settlers came to Wisconsin and in 1836 the Wisconsin Territory was organized. Around the 1840's a third wave of settlers came to Wisconsin, attracted by good farmland. At that time the state became the nation's leading wheat producer. On May 29, 1848, Wisconsin was admitted to the Union as the 30th state.


For additional information:

  • Bloom, John Porter, compiler. Territorial Papers of the United States: Volume XXVII, the Territory of Wisconsin, Executive Journal 1836-1848, Papers, 1836-1839. Washington, D.C.: The National Archives and Records Service, 1969.

  • Brown, Victoria. Uncommon Lives of Common Women: The Missing Half of Wisconsin History. Madison, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Women's Network, 2004.

  • Current, Richard Nelson. "A German State?" in Wisconsin: A Bicentennial History. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1977.
     
  • Current, Richard Nelson. Exploration to Statehood.  Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society History of Wisconsin Series - vol. 2.
     
  • Civilian Conservation Corps Index of States/Camp Listing 
  • Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Volume 11. Ancestry.com This volume is a collection of several different kinds of important historical documents published by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. It opens with a biographical article and bibliography of Jean Nicolet, the first European to reach the Wisconsin Region in 1634. It continues with a compilation of Western State Papers from periods of differing domination of the Upper Midwest during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Selections from the third and fourth voyages of Radisson and Groseilliers (1658-1659) follow and chronicle their adventures along the Fox-Wisconsin watercourse, in the Chequamegon Bay vincinity, and in the Chippewa River's headwaters. A group of papers from the Canadian Archives illuminates the Wisconsin region's hisotry during the Revolutionary War and encompasses copies of all the Haldimand Papers which mention operations in that area. The Haldimand Papers contain the correspondence of British officers with each other and with their commanding officer, General Frederick Haldimand, at Quebec. Thompson Maxwell's narrative describes what may have been the first voyage across Lake Superior under British command, and there are additional documents detailing life at the fur-trading post of Milwaukee.. There are also descriptions of Prairie du Chien and Green Bay in the early neneteenth century. This volume provides much information on the fur trade and the Native Americans who participated in it. The material included also discusses European, Native American, and American relations as well as boundary issues, local government structures, Jefferson County's early days, and the financial career of Andrew Mitchell. An index appears at the end of the volume.

  • Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Volume 12. Ancestry.com. This database is a collection of several different kinds of important historical documents published by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. After an extensive list of materials published by the Historical Society (1850-1892) and a memoir of Lyman Coleman Draper, the Society's guiding spirit during most of that period, this volume continues with papers from the Canadian Archives illuminating British influence in the Wisconsin region from 1763 to 1814. Most of the documents are letters from military officers at frontier posts and provide information on the fur trade, Indian affairs (with estimates of tribal populations as well as descriptions of diplomatic negotiations and commerce with the Indians), martial law, and a court of inquiry at Green Bay. There is also an article on Robert Dickson, the Native American trader, a list of American Fur Company Employees, and a biographical sketch and the journal of James McCall, one of three commissioners empowered by President Jackson to settle land disputes between the Winnebagoes, Menomonees, and New York Indians in 1830. In addition, this volume contains Reuben Thwaite's annotated chronicle of the Black Hawk War of 1832, papers from Indian Agent George Boyd in 1832, articles on Wisconsin's German and Swiss populations, a list of Chippewa geographical names, an oral reminiscence of the Wisconsin Winnebagoes, a discussion of missions on Chequamegon Bay and a history of Green Bay's early schools.

  • Dictionary of Wisconsin History. This Dictionary explains more than 8,000 terms (people, places, things, and events) used in writings about Wisconsin history.
     
  • Doudna, Edgar George. The Thirtieth Star, 1848-1948. Madison, Wisconsin: Wisconsin State Centennial Committee, 1948.
     
  • Draper, Lyman Copeland, ed. Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. 24 vols. Madison, Wisconsin: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1855-
     
  • Earthquake History of Wisconsin. U.S. Geological Survey.
     
  • The Great Fires of 1871 in the Northwest.  From: Wisconsin Electronic Reader.

  • Gregory, John Goadby. West Central Wisconsin: A History. Indianapolis, Indiana: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1933.
     
  • Hansen, James L. "Voyageurs and Habitants: Tracing the Early French in the Great Lakes Region." National Genealogical Society Conference in the States. San Diego,California, 1995.

  • Historical Primary Sources. Presents a collection of historical texts - a classic in city development (Madison-a Model City), an account by an involved eyewitness (Annals of the Famine in Ireland), and an insightful view by a gifted Swedish writer of the United States and Cuba at the middle of the nineteenth century (The Homes of the New World) - mark the beginnings of a project intended to bring to a wider audience a selection of historical primary source materials which might otherwise no longer be available in the collections of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.

  • History Collection. Selected by librarians, scholars, and other subject specialists along a wide range of criteria, this collection includes published materials as well as archival documents. The items were digitized from a variety of formats including books, manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs, maps, and other resources.  University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.
     
  • History of Northern Wisconsin. Iron Mountain, Michigan: R.W. Secord Press, 1988.

  • History of Northern Wisconsin: Containing an Account of its Settlement, Growth, Development Resources; an Extensive Sketch of its Counties, Cities, Towns and Villages, Their Improvement, Industries, Manufactories; Biographical Sketches, Portraits of Prominent Men and Early Settlers; Views of County Seats, etc. Chicago, Illinois: Western Historical, 1881.
     
  • History of Wisconsin. Vols 1-6. Madison, Wisconsin: State Historical Society, 1973-1988.
     
  • History of Wisconsin. From: Wikipedia

  • Kohler, Ruth Miriam De Young. The Story of Wisconsin Women. Kohler, Wisconsin: Committee on Wisconsin Women for the 1948 Wisconsin Centennial, 1948.

  • The Ku Klux Klan in Northwestern Wisconsin, circa 1915-1950
     
  • Local History & Genealogical Reading Room, Library of Congress
     
  • Midwest Pioneers  Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Vol. 14. Ancestry.com. This database is a collection of several different kinds of important historical documents published by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. It contains a variety of primary and secondary source materials dealing with the history of Wisconsin from the mid-seventeenth century through the mid-nineteenth century. The opening article, "The Story of Mackinac," is followed by reminiscences of girlhood on the island during the second and third decades of the nineteenth century by Elizabeth Therese Baird, who was of Scots and Native American ancestry. The community she describes, and the tools, techniques, and cultural practices that sustained it, are a blend of European and Native American influences. A history of Fort Winnebago, along with an accompanying orderly book, emphasizes the military aspects of life in the Wisconsin region. Other articles discuss Abraham Lincoln's role as captain of a company of volunteers in the Black Hawk War, Capt. Frederick Marryat's description of his journey through Wisconsin in 1837, early Wisconsin railroad legislation, the Cornish settlements of southwest Wisconsin and the Icelandic settlers of Washington Island. There is also information on the geographical origins and religious motivations of German immigration to Wisconsin and material about the Catholic Church and the Episcopal mission in Green Bay. There is also a first-hand account of the capture of Jefferson Davis, the travel journal of the Rev. Jackson Kemper, an Episcopalian missionary writing about his tour to Green Bay in 1834, and a short biography of Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, the Catholic missionary.
     
  • Midwest Pioneers  Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Vol. 15  Ancestry.com. This database is a collection of several different kinds of important historical documents published by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. In this volume, several documents reveal how Native Americans conveyed land and access rights to pre-Territorial pioneers and others show how the Presbyterian and Methodist churches took root in early Wisconsin. The Presbyterian missionary, Cutting Marsh, sent annual reports to the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge, and these are published here along with other papers and a biographical sketch of his life and work among the Stockbridge Indians at Statesburg (Kaukana). Alfred Brunson, a Methodist minister, wrties of his journey on horseback from Pennsylvania to Wisconsin in 1835. Elizabeth Therese Baird (Whose girlhood was chronicled in volume 14) is represented here by her "Reminiscences of Life in Territorial Wisconsin," (1824-1842), and there is a complete diary by Mathias Duerst, a leader the Swiss colony at New Glarus. Another Swiss immigrant, Theodore Rodolf, writes of "Pioneering in the Wisconsin Lead Region" (1834-1848). This volume also includes a Sac legend, "Osawgenong," and the narratives of a fur-trader, a surveyor, and others involved in early commercial activities. A "Report on the Quality and Condition of Wisconsin territory," by Samuel Stambaugh, the Indian Agent at Green Bay, describes Wisconsin just before it acquired Territorial status.
     
  • Midwest Pioneers  Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Vol. 16  Ancestry.com. This volume is a collection of several different kinds of important historical documents published by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. It is the first of three volumes devoted to the era of French dominance in the fur trade region of the upper Great Lakes and the upper Mississippi (1634-1763), emphasizing the period between 1634 and 1727. Documents are arranged chronologically with the last entries dating from 1727. Much of the material is from the Jesuit Relations and is summarized or excerpted in translation. Accounts of Native American diplomatic and military histories mingle with narratives, reports, and letters by such explorers, traders, and missionaries as Nicolet, Radisson and Groseilliers, Menard, Allouez, Perrot, Galinee and Dolier, Dablon, Joliet and Marquette, Le Sueur, and Charlevoix. These men provide extensive information, mediated by their own experiences and adventures, about the customs and practices of the Native American groups with whom they came into contact in the Wisconsin area and other parts of what is now considered to be the Midwest. There is much information about the Fox War, the fur trade, the policies of the French government in both Europe and New France, and life at Michilimackinac, Detroit, and other military posts and missions.
     
  • Midwest Pioneers  Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Vol. 17  Ancestry.com. This volume is a collection of several different kinds of important historical documents published by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. It is the second of three volumes devoted to the era of French dominance of the fur trade region of the upper Great Lakes and the upper Mississippi (1634-1763), emphasizing the period between 1727 and 1748. During this period, Native Americans increasingly participated in economic and cultural transactions with the Europeans. Trading posts at Mackinac and Detroit were linked by trade and travel to subsidiary communities such as Green Bay (La Baye) and Chequamegon (La Pointe). Many of the documents here provide evidence of Fox (Mesquakie) resistance to French dominance and their anti-French alliances with other Native Americans ranging from the Sioux further west to the Six Nations of the Iroquois in the east. Other peoples, such as the Detroit Hurons, the Ottawa, and the Potttawatomie are shown playing out localized hostilities in an international arena. After several crippling defeats by the French, tribes loosely confederated against the French revived and revolted during King George's War (1744-1748). The costs of curbing their unrest depleted France's colonial treasury, which the government attempted to restore by leasing posts to the highest bidder. The French government also used its monopoly of the Indian trade to increase prices for supplies sold to their Native-American trading partners. This provoked some of them to develop closer ties with the English. The papers in this database are arranged chronologically and consist chiefly of translations made from transcripts of papers in French archives, although some previously-published items also appear. They deal with diplomatic, military, and commercial activities, as well as the structures and operations of the French colonial administration.
     
  • Midwest Pioneers  Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Vol. 18  Ancestry.com. This database is a collection of several different kinds of important historical documents published by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. It traces the decline of French dominance of the fur trade region of the upper Great Lakes and the upper Mississippi from 1743, when the Sioux allied themselves with the Fox or Mesquakie, to 1760, when the British took control of Mackinac. It also provides extensive information about the British administration of Wisconsin and the influence of both Spanish Louisiana and the United States. There is also a register of marriages performed at Mackinac from 1725-1821, and the journal of Peter Pond describing a visit to Wisconsin (1773-1775) and conveying much about Native American and frontier life as seen through the eyes of a Connecticut traveler. Many documents, some of which have been published before, illuminate the role played by Wisconsin's various population groups and economic interests during the American Revolution. Spanish materials from the Archives of the Indies at Seville appear here in translation and show how Upper Louisiana impinged on the affairs of the Upper Midwest.
     
  • Midwest Pioneers  Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Vol. 19  Ancestry.com. This database is a collection of several different kinds of important historical documents published by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. It presents listings of baptisms and burials at Mackinac between 1695 and 1821, supplementing the listings of marriages from the same register that appeared in Volume 18. These mission records shed light on relationships between Native Americans, fur traders, guides, military officers and their families at an important military post and center of the fur trade in the upper Great Lakes region between 1778 and 1815. First there is the journal of Francois Victor Maliot, a novice fur-trader wintering in Lac du Flambeau among the Chippewa in 1804-1805. His text is accompanied by invoices and memoranda illuminating economic practices and business rivalries. Other documents (business and personal correspondence interspersed with a few official documents) are grouped under "The Fur Trade on the Upper Lakes--1778-1815," which discusses the Northwest fur trade during its height under British domination and the earliest years of American influence. The last group of documents, organized as "The Fur Trade in Wisconsin--1815-1817," chronicles the ascendancy of John Jacob Astor's American Fur Company and the United States' regional expansion. Both of these collections have much to say about the era's great fur corporations--how they organized and managed themselves as economic institutions and how they fostered an occupational culture in which many ethnic groups participated.
     
  • Midwest Pioneers  Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Vol. 20  Ancestry.com. This database is a collection of several different kinds of important historical documents published by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Although it opens with an 1812 assessment of the impact of the United States fur trade's "factory system" on Canada's ability to control Native American economic and diplomatic activities, most of the other materials date from 1818 to 1825. In 1825, a peace treaty at Prairie du Chien fixed territorial boundaries for the Eastern Sioux and made peace between them and the Lake Superior Ojibwe, Sac and Fox, Menominee, Iowa, Winnebago and some of the Ottawa and Pottawattomies. It was during this period that the United States took control of the Northwest fur trade and protected its interests with a series of forts: Mackinac, Detroit, Green Bay, Prairie du Chien, and the newly built Fort Snelling at the headwaters of the Mississippi. Correspondence and reports reflect divergent opinions on whether the fur trade should be privatized, increasingly under the aegis of the American Fur Company, or supervised through the government's factory system. For those peoples who had been involved with Wisconsin's fur trade for centuries, this was a time of crisis and transition: their trade networks and system of alliances were being disrupted even as their trading practices were subjected to increased local competition and government regulation. Many of the traditional fur traders of the Wisconsin area were of mixed French and Native American ancestry and were regarded as foreigners by the Americans. Letters to and from August Grignon, a trader on the upper Mississippi, reveal how he was driven from the region through the cutthroat strategies of a competitor. The last document in this volume is the journal kept by Michel Curot, a fur-trader on Yellow River in 1802-03. In it, the author reveals much about the customs of those who depended on trapping, trading, and other forest activities while Canada was still in control of regional commerce.
     
  • Midwest Pioneers  Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Vol. 25  Ancestry.com. This database is a collection of important historical documents published by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. It is entirely devoted to letters from an English immigrant, Edwin Bottomley, written between 1842 and 1850 to his father, Captain Thomas Bottomley. Edwin was born in Mossley near Manchester and moved to Huddersfield and South Crossland, where his father became manager of the Crossland mills. As a pattern designer and leader of the Methodist church choir, he became a prominent member of the community. In 1842, however, seeking better prospects than could be found "in a cuntry wher Labour the sorce of all Real wealth is troden under foot By Monopoly Taxation and Opprssion," he emigrated with his wife, Martha, their five children, and his bass viol to what would soon be known as the English settlement in western Racine County, Wisconsin. Bottomley farmed seventy acres and, within eighteen months, moved his family from a temporary shanty to a substantial brick house. The years brought hard work and regular bouts of fever, but enough prosperity for Bottomley to add 300 contiguous acres to the original holding. (The mortgage on this purchase caused him considerable anxiety, and he later turned to his father and brother for financial help.) From the beginning, Bottomley was active in civic affairs, helping to establish the local school house and Methodist Episcopal church. His letters contain many references to British political issues and reflect some of the religious tensions of the period. In 1850, Bottomley succumbed to typhoid fever, leaving a will and inventory here.
     
  • Moll, Allan, Mrs. Index to History of Northern Wisconsin Illustrated: Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1881. Madison, Wisconsin: Wisconsin State Genealogical Society, 1981.

  • Nesbit, Robert C. Wisconsin: A History. 2nd ed. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1986.
     
  • Northwest History and Men of Progress  1901. Ancestry.com. This database contains a history of the Great Northwest with "Northwest" being the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. It also contains biographical sketches and portraits of the more prominent and representative people of those states.
     
  • Orphan Train. A WIGenWeb Project.
     
  • Our Wisconsin Ancestors: American History and Genealogy Project.
     
  • Pioneering the Upper Midwest  - Pioneering the Upper Midwest, ca. 1820-1910, contains seventeenth- to early twentieth-century accounts of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin as recorded in 138 books drawn from the Library of Congress's General Collections and Rare Books and Special Collections Division.
     
  • Quaife, Milo Milton.  Wisconsin: Its History and Its People, 1634-1924. 4 vols. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1924.
     
  • Schlinkert, Leroy. Subject Bibliography of Wisconsin History. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1947.
     
  • Smith, William Rudolph. History of Wisconsin. Volume 1. In three parts, historical, documentary, and descriptive. 1854.
     
  • Smith, William Rudolph. History of Wisconsin. Volume 3. In three parts, historical, documentary, and descriptive.1854.

  • Smith, William Rudolph. Observations on the Wisconsin Territory. New York: Arno Press, 1975, 1838.
     
  • The State of Wisconsin, embracing brief sketches of its history, position, resources and industries, and a catalogue of its exhibits at the Centennial at Philadelphia. 1876.
     
  • The Story Of Wisconsin, 1634-1848, submitted by Tina Vickery.
     
  • Timeline of Wisconsin from the WIGenWeb Project
     
  • Thwaites, Reuben Gold. Stories of the Badger State.

  • Turning Points in Wisconsin History. Hundreds of eyewitness accounts, pictures, and museum objects. Dozens of essays, lesson plans and reference tools.
     
  • Tuttle, Charles Richard.  An Illustrated History of the State of Wisconsin, 1875.
     
  • Tuttle, Charles Richard. An Illustrated History of the State of Wisconsin: Being a Complete Civil, Political, and Military History of the State, from its First Exploration Down to 1875. Boston: B.B. Russell, 1875.
     
  • Virtual Silurian Reef -Geologic History of Wisconsin
     
  • Wisconsin and its Resources, Wisconsin and its resources; with lake Superior, its commerce and navigation. Including a trip up the Mississippi, and a canoe voyage on the St. Croix and Brule rivers to lake Superior. To which are appended, the constitution of the state [etc.] By James S. Ritchie. 1853.
     
  • The Wisconsin Capitol -- Official Guide and History
     
  • Wisconsin Electronic Reader.  Stories, essays, letters, poems, biographies, journals and tidbits from Wisconsin history.

  • Wisconsin Elks, 100 Years, 1902-2002. Wisconsin: Elks, 2001.
     
  • Wisconsin Handbook, 1856. Ancestry.com. Given territorial status in 1836 and granted statehood in 1848, Wisconsin grew in population from 300,000 to 775,000 in just the first ten years as a state. This database is a reprint of a handbook for the state originally published in 1856. It provides descriptions of the public lands, educational opportunities, commercial statistics, and counties in that year. It also includes information regarding the 1855 state census and a comparison with it and the 1850 federal census. For researchers of Wisconsin ancestors, this database can illuminate historical and geographic aspects of the area not commonly known.
     
  • Wisconsin Historical Background - listing of important historical events in Wisconsin.

  • Wisconsin Historical Collection. 1,000 articles, memoirs, interviews and other primary sources on early Wisconsin history.
     
  • Wisconsin Historical Society, Volume 30. Ancestry.com. As one of the most important historical societies in the Midwest, the Wisconsin State Historical Society has preserved helpful documents from the region since the nineteenth century. This database is a collection of academic papers presented around the turn of the century. It provides important information regarding the Native Americans of the area, railroad expansion, and forts around Detroit and Green Bay. Additionally, it provides facts and figures about the fur trading industry. For researchers of Wisconsin ancestors, this database can illuminate historical aspects of the area not commonly known.
     
  • Wisconsin History. Find more than 15,000 pages of rare books, articles, and manuscripts in the online Turning Points in Wisconsin History; thousands of historic photographs of cities and towns in Wisconsin Historic Images; and thousands of biographies, maps, and other basic data in the online Dictionary of Wisconsin History.  Wisconsin Historical Society.
     
  • Wisconsin History Links 
     
  • Wisconsin Local History & Biography Articles  - Historical and biographical articles preserved in scrapbooks at the Wisconsin Historical Society in the late 19th and 20th centuries. The original material was organized into two groups (people and communities) and arranged alphabetically. Most articles were published between 1860 and 1940, though a few published earlier or later than these years are also included. Hundreds of Wisconsin local newspapers, and a few from other states.
     
  • Wisconsin Local History Network
     
  • Wisconsin Lynchings, 1849-1891 
     
  • Wisconsin Magazine Of History Archives. Search here to find more than 2,000 feature articles totaling over 35,000 pages, exactly as they originally appeared in the Wisconsin Magazine of History. The entire archive of previous issues, back to 1917, has been made available online in 2007.
     
  • Wisconsin Pioneer Experience  A digital collection of diaries, letters, reminiscences, speeches and other writings of people who settled and built Wisconsin during the 19th century.
     
  • Yahoo!...History...Wisconsin