About Wisconsin Biographies
- Tag: English Language Arts
- Tag: Wisconsin History
- Tag: Grades 3–6
Wisconsin is shaped by people who have made history: the freedom seekers, community builders, innovators of industry, land protectors, and more. The Wisconsin Biographies collection brings their stories to life for learners today with short animated videos, digital books, historical images, and extension activity ideas that support academic standards. Visit the Educator Resources page for a quick-start chart for the collection, and guides for each story.
Discover life stories from Wisconsinites of the past and recognize their contributions to history.
Interpret informational and multimodal texts in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
Identify connections between past and present, and relate to the lives of people who made Wisconsin history.
Life in Territorial Wisconsin
Elizabeth Baird was a woman with fierce determination living on the Wisconsin frontier. She taught herself English and worked as an interpreter in her husband’s law firm, all while operating her family’s farm and recording her memoirs. Her descriptions about the fur trade, 1800s Green Bay, and the Peshtigo Fire offer a window into life in early Wisconsin.