Category Archives: Local history

Communal Neglect: More buildings bite the dust

Four photos by David Farmbrough show old houses in Wisconsin Rapids before they were razed.

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Greeting Cards from Christmas Past

written by Kathy Engel, SWCHC Librarian Over the years, many greeting cards have been donated to the South Wood County Historical Museum. Here are some examples I have compiled. Card #1: This Christmas card, from Claude and Ruth Aniol, dated … Continue reading

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Connected to One Another with History

written by Alison Bruener, Museum Assistant As I prepare to welcome 2018, I begin to wonder what items will find their way to 540 3rd St. S. in the coming year. It’s been a busy year for museum staff. We’ve … Continue reading

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Slip Sliding into the Future

written by Angelica Engel, Website Coordinator Recently, I have been editing, proofreading, and posting the class of 1965’s “Lincoln High Newsletter,” curated by Kent Vasby, whose wife is a member of that class. Vasby himself graduated from Fort Atkinson High … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The Brazeau Family

written by Kathy Engel, SWCHC Librarian Recent donations by South Wood County Historical Corp. board member Nicholas J. Brazeau, Sr. contained the following photographs of Brazeau ancestors who made their home in Grand Rapids, Wis., now Wisconsin Rapids. The first … Continue reading

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Witter History, Family-Style

written by Angelica Engel, Website Coordinator On June 28, 2007, my father and I crashed through underbrush in the woods of Hopkinton, Rhode Island, looking for the grave of Josiah Witter, the (how many greats?) grandfather of Isaac Witter, whose … Continue reading

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Photos from the Museum’s First Two Years

The following photos were captured during the Museum’s first two years of operation, 1972 and 1973. Museum Assistant Alison Bruener is compiling a portfolio of photos taken throughout the Museum’s 45 years at what used to be the T.B. Scott … Continue reading

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Goodbye Forever

written by (Uncle) Dave Engel, LHS 1963, SWCHC Director Emeritus When I left town, I thought it was for good. Late summer 50 years ago, in 1967, I abandoned the Rapids paper mill beater room to motor west from River … Continue reading

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The Face of the Museum

written by Lori Brost, Museum Administrator Phil likes to refer to me as the “Face of the Museum”— that first person you see when you walk into the building. I am also the voice on the end of the line … Continue reading

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