Artifacts 51 has arrived!

The latest issue of our local history magazine, Artifacts, is currently appearing in subscribers’ postal boxes. Here is a small glimpse of what the magazine contains this October.

Scenes of various fender benders.

Story by Dave Engel about Packer trainer Dominic Gentile

Story by Dawn Davis Wesenberg about a famous friend’s kindness

To receive a complete print version of this 32-page historic document, email lori@southwoodcountyhistory.org for a membership to the South Wood County Historical Corp. If you are interested in contributing stories or pictures to the February 2018 Artifacts, please contact the editor, “Uncle Dave” Engel at dave@southwoodcountyhistory.org or 540 Third Street S., Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494.

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Good Friend Gone

Written by (Uncle) Dave Engel, Director Emeritus

James C. Nuhlicek, fellow traveler since ’59, died Thursday, Sept. 14, from the effects of a brain tumor.

Rapids residents of a certain age will remember “Nuhly” as a Coke-bottle glassed, Maynard G. Krebs-inspired, “tennie”-shod, heartbreaker—found Friday nights at the Rapids theater and, in college years, at Buzz’s and the Brig. Jim was a minor celebrity because his father, Joe, operated the Chatterbox snack shack on West Grand Avenue. To our amusement, his mother, Gatha, gave him a good-night peck even when he came home late and redolent of wickedness.

Jim and I, both English majors, roomed together at Point college. After graduation, Jim joined me at Western Illinois University, where I taught English and he reeled in an M.A., retiring in 2012 as a distinguished English professor at State University of New York-Cobleskill, where he developed a specialty in Eastern Philosophy. Along the way, he lived with gentle compassion and prickly humor. He said he wasn’t afraid to die, that his main concern was for those left behind.

See the upcoming February Artifacts for more about Jim.

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Another Season Ends

written by Alison Bruener, Museum Assistant

There’s the saying “time flies by” that you heard as a child but don’t realize until you’re grown. I started my internship with the South Wood County Historical Museum the summer before my senior year at Northland College; this week marks the end of the third season I’ve been fortunate to be here. There is always a project to be done, new faces to greet and more knowledge to gain from this place and the people who enter.

While working to preserve the history of South Wood County, we thought about how to document the Museum’s own history.  While there were scans available to preserve our images, we felt it be a good idea to compile these images. As it turns out, this project encompassed great amounts of photos. A previous blog post showed what the early days of the museum were like. With the help of Uncle Dave, I’ve learned a lot about the people who have helped get to where we are today.

Shirley Temple Doll Exhibit 1988

Marshall Buehler working on Depot Exhibit in 1993

Chair Exhibit 1993

Senior Expo 1996

Front porch restoration 1996

Betty with Artifacts 2011

Ice Cream Social 2016

Christmas Tree Walk 2016

As another season ends, I’ve seen firsthand how “time flies by.” From the newcomers who I greet, to the donations people can’t wait to talk about, there is always more to learn and experience in this fantastic building that has seen so much history.

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