Museum Open for the Summer! — Our Hours

written by Alison Bruener, Museum Assistant

Blooming apple trees and lilacs can only mean one thing here at 540 Third Street South:  the South Wood County Historical Museum is open for visitors!

Our hours from Memorial Day through Labor Day:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Please join us for the Museum’s Ice Cream Social on June 16th from 11 am to 3 pm!

Below are some photos of previous exhibits, our museum gardens (maintained by the Master Gardeners of Wood County) and past ice cream socials.

This black and white image is from 1973, when the Museum was first open. We have since changed the layout of the Country Store exhibit, which is still available to the public.

This colored photo is of Dr. Lee Pomainville looking through the Doctor’s Office exhibit in 1973. Visitors this year will see a greater focus on local medical history.

This picture from 2008 depicts the Museum from the lower lawn. The Wood County Master Gardeners maintain the gardens year round.

The ice cream social from the 2010 Cranberry Blossom Festival.

2017 Ice Cream Social. From left to right: Maya Hernandez (Princess Court), Adriana Galvan (Princess Court), Isabelle St. Myers (Cranberry Princess), Taya Cassiani (Princess Court)

Click here to see more photos from last year’s Ice Cream Social. Over the winter months, we freshened up exhibits, completed building maintenance and printed tour programs. We hope to see you soon!

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Photos of Former Lincoln High School & East Junior High Building

Compiled by Kathy Engel, SWCHC Librarian

The Wisconsin Rapids Public School District will discontinue the use of the East Junior High School building. Here are pictures from the past 115 years.

The original Lincoln High School was built in 1903, on the current site of East Junior High School.

“New Lincoln High School,” shown in this postcard drawing, was built in 1931.

This aerial photo shows Lincoln High School, left, Witter Manual Training School, middle, and the Teacher Training School, right. The picture was taken in about 1954.

The vocational section of Lincoln High School was added in 1957. To the right is the Witter building.

This picture shows Lincoln High School with the 1957 addition, right, but not the 1962 addition.

The aerial photo shows Lincoln High School in about 1970. The Wood County Normal School, right (formerly the Teacher Training School) was torn down in 1978. In 1979, the Witter building, center, was demolished.

The school building became East Junior High in the fall of 1979.

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Documents from the Historical and Literary Club

Compiled by Alison Bruener, Museum Assistant

Over time, collections from local clubs and organizations have found their way to the South Wood County Historical Museum. The following are some examples of items donated by the Historical and Literary Club, which disbanded after 122 years.

Programs contained meeting dates, host information, and the topics for every gathering.

 

Receipt from the Grand Rapids Tribune for printing the 1912 program booklet.

 

Handwritten Constitution of Historical and Literary Club. This list was later typed and was in use until disbandment.

 

Correspondence from a family in Holland in 1947, thanking Mrs. Carl Otto for the package they received. The Historical and Literary Club was known for sending packages during and after WWII to families affected in Europe.

For more information on the Historical and Literary Club or to donate items of your own, please email Museum Administrator Lori Brost at lori@southwoodcountyhistory.org.

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