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Wisconsin Magazine of History, Winter 2010


A group of lumberjacks pose atop a large stack of recently harvested timber being readied for transit downstream to a lumber mill

The lives and times of the lumberjacks who cut a swath through Wisconsin's forests in the late 19th century are the stuff of Paul Bunyanesque legends, and true accounts of the lives of these hard-working pioneers are few and far between. Fortunately, a man named John Nelligan, who came to Wisconsin in 1871 at the age of 19 to work the northwoods lumber camps, decided late in his life to record the story of his years working as a lumberjack and frontier businessman. That story, "'Nothing more than a tradition': John Nelligan in the Wisconsin Pinery," graces the cover of the Winter 2010 issue of the "Wisconsin Magazine of History." It is a fascinating tale of a short-lived period in Wisconsin history and the rough-and-tumble men who made their living harvesting timber in the state's dense forests.

Other Stories in the Winter 2010 Issue

The cover of Winter 2010 issue of the "Wisconsin Magazine of History"

A diverse mix of other Wisconsin stories awaits readers of this issue. Stories tell of the chronicling of Wisconsin's folk music traditions in the 1940s, the interwoven lives of Wisconsin's two most prominent military families — the Mitchells and the MacArthurs — and archaeological discoveries that shed light on the life and work of Catholic missionary, Father Frederick Baraga, on Madeline Island in the 1830s and '40s. There's also a book excerpt from "Barns of Wisconsin" by Wisconsin Historical Society Press author, Jerry Apps.

Award of Merit Winner

The "Wisconsin Magazine of History" is the proud recipient of a prestigious 2010 Award of Merit from the American Association of State and Local History's Leadership in History Awards. The awards are presented for excellence in history programs, projects and people when compared with similar activities nationwide.

Wisconsin Magazine of History a Benefit of Society Membership

The "Wisconsin Magazine of History" is a benefit of Society membership. Individual issues are available through our online store. Sign up for membership today and start receiving this fine quarterly magazine.

:: Posted December 13, 2010

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