Author Archives: Alison Bruener

The End of an Era

Closing of an Era What next for River City? By Alison Bruener South Wood County Historical Museum With Dave Engel, Wisconsin Rapids City Historian Note- At the time of original posting we incorrectly stated that in 2014, Verso was based … Continue reading

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Influenza in Grand Rapids, 1918

Angelica Engel, history correspondent In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I took a brief dip into the newspapers of yore to see what was happening in Wood County back in 1918, the year of the Spanish influenza pandemic. Here … Continue reading

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Museum Appointments

If planning on visiting the South Wood County Museum during the next few weeks, please call our number (715)423-1580 ahead of time to schedule a visit. Museum staff will still be in the office and archives on Tuesday-Thursday from 10 … Continue reading

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Master Gardener Request

Friends of Museum Gardens Program The Wood County Master Gardener Volunteers have maintained the museum gardens since 1996.  Our maintenance has included our time and some financial funding from our organization on an annual basis. We would like to extend … Continue reading

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2019 Christmas Tree Walk Dates

Saturday, December 7                     12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, December 8                       12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, December 13      … Continue reading

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Museum Open to Public Sunday, May 26th

by Alison Bruener, Museum Assistant Every off-season, staff touch up permanent displays and assemble a changing exhibit to be featured in the Marshall Buehler Gallery. Exhibits we have had in the past include Don Krohn’s photography, the Civil War, papermaking, … Continue reading

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The Huffmans: Owners of the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

by Alison Bruener, Museum Assistant Today with fewer and fewer newspapers circulating, I’m amazed how many local people over the years owned and published the numerous iterations of our local newspapers. In the days of the Wood County Reporter, the … Continue reading

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Examining the History of Our Local Newspaper

by Alison Bruener, Museum Assistant At the end of every season, we at the South Wood County Historical Museum ponder what are we going to do for next year’s Buehler Gallery exhibit. The 2018 exhibit featured the closing of East … Continue reading

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Photos from Christmas Tree Walk

Photos by SWCHC Website Coordinator Angelica Engel As we approach the end of our annual Christmas Tree Walk, here are a few images of the trees that so many people have seen around the Museum! You still have a chance … Continue reading

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Church’s Building Gone

The Church’s Drug Store building featured in our previous post has also been razed. Here are two photos documenting this event.

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