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 an opportunity to the community to join us in volunteering your time to work with the master gardeners to help keep these two plus acres a community show piece and destination spot.  “Shadow Lawn,” as it was called by the Isaac Witter family, is used as a popular photo spot for weddings, prom, graduation, and other special events.

If you would like to help, please contact Micky Erickson at 715-435-3616 or garymicky@charter.net  or Christine Griffith at 715-424-3609 or cgriffith@solarus.net

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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                         4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 14                    12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, December 15                      12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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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, and minor league baseball at Witter Field.

This year, the Marshall Buehler Gallery’s featured exhibit will be the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, which has covered local news for over a century. We invite citizens and visitors alike to step through the doors, page through bound editions and remember how newspapers looked before the digital era.

Newspaper carriers at a picnic in 1968

We will be open every week from Memorial Day to Labor Day on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm. Our hours are also listed on the front page of our website.

The Daily Tribune exhibit would not be possible without the help of former Tribune writer (Uncle) Dave Engel, who helped compose the verbiage and whose personal images and objects have been indispensable in showcasing the work that went into a daily newspaper. Thank you also to Lori Brost, the museum administrator, for always hearing my thoughts and helping focus them into a narrative. I’d also like to give a special thank you to the Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre for their use of props in the “Editors Office.”

The staff at the museum hope you can make it through our doors this summer to view our local history, to enjoy the former Witter home and the abundant gardens impeccably maintained by the Wood County Master Gardeners. See you soon!

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