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12/2/22: Early Wausau In One Picture | History Chats
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Is it possible to sum up a century and a half of a community's history in just five pictures? That's the general idea for December's History Chats. We are starting with the first few decades of the city of Wausau, when everything centered around the lumber industry. History Chats programs are presented in conjunction with the Marathon County Public Library. Go check out all the great programs and materials they offer at their website! www.mcpl.us

11/24/22: John Muir Middle School & Neighborhood | History Chats
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As we near the end of 2022, we return to celebration of the City of Wausau's 150th anniversary by looking at stories of a few of Wausau's neighborhoods. To wrap up the month, Ben Clark intended to talk about the neighborhood around Wausau's John Muir School on the west side, but it ended up being more about the origin of Wausau's Junior High school and the interesting decision of where to build it. Still a great bit of local history. History Chats programs are presented in conjunction with the Marathon County Public Library. Go check out all the great programs and materials they offer at their website! www.mcpl.us

11/18/22: Wausau's Near West Side | History Chats
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As we near the end of 2022, we return to celebration of the City of Wausau's 150th anniversary by looking at stories of a few of Wausau's neighborhoods. This time, Gary Gisselman looks at how Wausau's west side first started, and the community that emerged there. History Chats programs are presented in conjunction with the Marathon County Public Library. Go check out all the great programs and materials they offer at their website! www.mcpl.us

11/11/22: Wausau's South-East Neighborhood | History Chats
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As we near the end of 2022, we return to celebration of the City of Wausau's 150th anniversary by looking at stories of a few of Wausau's neighborhoods. This time, Ben Clark examines the origins of a neighborhood on the south-east side of Wausau, arguably Wausau's first suburb. History Chats programs are presented in conjunction with the Marathon County Public Library. Go check out all the great programs and materials they offer at their website! www.mcpl.us

11/4/22: Wausau's German Neighborhood | History Chats
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As we near the end of 2022, we return to celebration of the City of Wausau's 150th anniversary by looking at stories of a few of Wausau's neighborhoods. This time, Gary Gisselman examines the early "German" neighborhood that emerged south of downtown Wausau. History Chats programs are presented in cooperation with the Marathon County Public Library. Go check out all the great programs and materials they offer at their website! www.mcpl.us

10/27/22: The County Homemakers Collection | History Chats
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This week History Chats continues our look at some of our archival collections, by digging through the boxes containing the Marathon County Highway Department Collection. This week, Assistant Archivist Martina Kostreva tells us about the Homemakers Collection and the story of the Marathon County clubs. History Chats programs are presented in cooperation with the Marathon County Public Library. Go check out all the great programs and materials they offer at their website! www.mcpl.us

10/21/22: The County Highway Dept Collection | History Chats
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This week History Chats continues our look at some of our archival collections, by digging through the boxes containing the Marathon County Highway Department Collection. We may not think about the historical origins of the roads we use every day, but someone had to design, build, and maintain those roads. History Chats programs are presented in cooperation with the Marathon County Public Library. Go check out all the great programs and materials they offer at their website! www.mcpl.us

10/13/22: The Wylie Aviation Collection | History Chats
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The shelves in our archives have hundreds of boxes that may not always look very exciting from the outside, but as is often the case, it’s what is on the inside that’s important. This October, History Chats takes a look at some interesting archival collections to tell the stories of the people who created them. This Ben and Gary are away from the museum, so we have a pre-recorded presentation by Brenna Welch, about her experience digitizing the Wylie Aviation Collection, and sharing some of the stories she has found interesting. www.mcpl.us

10/7/22: The League of Women Voters Collection | History Chats
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The shelves in our archives have hundreds of boxes that may not always look very exciting from the outside, but as is often the case, it’s what is on the inside that’s important. This October, History Chats takes a look at some interesting archival collections to tell the stories of the people who created them. This week Gary Gisselman looks at how they did this in Marathon County by examining the League of Women Voters Collection in our archives. For more than a century, the LoWV has worked to foster informed voters in their communities. History Chats programs are presented in cooperation with the Marathon County Public Library. www.mcpl.us

9/30/22: The Last Street Car in Wausau | History Chats
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The trolley or electric street car had a major impact on how people saw the world around them, and obviously the way they traveled around that world. In Wausau and Schofield, a trolley line transported local commuters from 1907 to 1940. But after 33 years of service, the street cars were phased out of use in Wausau in favor of the auto-bus. On this program, Ben Clark looks at the rise and fall of Wausau's streetcars. History Chats programs are presented in cooperation with the Marathon County Public Library. www.mcpl.us