Digital Library

Hosted via Recollection Wisconsin and Youtube- The following links will take you to a partner site.

An organization called Recollection Wisconsin has allowed us to share our photo collections on their website, which the Milwaukee Public Library hosts. If you recognize anyone or anything in these photos and can offer us information, please contact Lori at the Museum. Your assistance is always welcome.

“Feeding Babies”-Lawrence Oliver

Lawrence Oliver Photographs
A collection of rural Wisconsin photos taken mid-20th century by Lawrence Oliver of Vesper, Wisconsin.

“Romanski Girls with Cow”- Don Krohn

Don Krohn Photographs
A collection of post-WWII photos Don Krohn took while working for the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune.

Gaynor’s Rakers, 1912

Cranberry Photo Collection
Selections from our archives, available online from the Wetherby Cranberry Library, Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center.

Cranberry Labels




Grand Avenue- West Side- Grand Rapids

Nekoosa Edwards Paper Mill- Nekoosa

Port Edwards Postcards


Postcard Collection, Nekoosa, Port Edwards and Grand Rapids, East Side ~ click to view.


1986- East Side 


Tom Taylor Blotters

In November of 1935, Nekoosa Port Edwards Paper Company  (NEPCO) introduced the first copy of their monthly publication, “The Nepco Digester, Published by and for the NEPCO family.”  Though not every year would have twelve issues, the stories and information within each are not only interesting and fun but show what a family community their work environment was.

1930’s: 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939

1940’s: 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1949

1950’s: 1950, 1951, 1952


South Wood County Historical Museum Youtube Channel

Click the link above to be directed to our channel

Paul Gross “History of Wisconsin Rapids” Video Series

Click the link above to watch Paul Gross’s collection!

Local historian Paul Gross produced over thirty videos about central Wisconsin’s history from 1965 through 2016.

Paul Gross’s passion for filmmaking began at a young age. In 1938, when he was 15, he acquired an Irwin Modernene movie camera, marking the beginning of a lifelong journey in film.

From 1940 to about 1942, Gross worked as a projectionist in all three Rapids movie houses (The Wisconsin Theatre, the Palace Theatre, and the Rapids Theatre. Following a short period of employment at Consolidated Water Power & Paper Company, Paul served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943-1946.

Upon his return to Wisconsin Rapids, Paul became a successful jeweler and opened Paul Gross Jewelers in 1978. In 1998, he was named the Wisconsin Rapids “Citizen of the Year” for his work in numerous civic and community organizations and for preserving local history.