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2013 Local History and Historic Preservation Conference.

2013 Events

Friday, October 11

On Friday evening, join your friends and colleagues at these entertaining events
celebrating Wisconsin history.

Grand Ave Bridge in Wisconsin Rapids. WHI 80249

Wisconsin Rapids History Tour by Bus - SOLD OUT

5–6 pm
Pre-Registration Required (SOLD OUT)
Cost: $10, Limit: 24

This event has sold out.

Hop on the bus and enjoy a guided tour of scenic Wisconsin Rapids! Phil Brown, president of the South Wood County Historical Corporation, will share highlights of the city's history, including the importance of the Wisconsin River and related paper industry. The tour focuses on historic business buildings, as well as "Quality Row," a wonderful historic district with many architecturally significant early 20th century residences.

Historic image of downtown Wisconsin Rapids. WHI 80158

Wisconsin Rapids Self-Guided Walking Tours

5–6 pm
No Registration Required
Cost: Free

Take an opportunity to stretch your legs and explore Wisconsin Rapids! Choose from three self-guided walking tours that each take about 30-45 minutes to complete. "Grand Beginnings" focuses on the importance of the Wisconsin River and lumber and paper industries. "Tale of Two Towns" details the early history of Grand Rapids and neighboring Centralia, which together would become Wisconsin Rapids. "Quality Row" focuses on the architecture of Third Street South and the stories of the people who built these grand homes.

Betty Boop cartoon. WHI 101522

From Boop to Bennett: An Evening of Wisconsin Film and Filmmakers

7:30 pm
Pre-Registration Requested
McMillan Memorial Library
Cost: Free and open to the public

From a commercial production of Betty Boop drawn by Wisconsin Rapids' own Grim Natwick to a delightful amateur film from famed Wisconsin photographer H.H. Bennett's daughter, Miriam, the evening promises to be full of Wisconsin scenes, Wisconsin history and Wisconsin fun.

After a Boop cartoon (or two) there will be historical scenes from urban and rural Wisconsin captured by the motion picture cameras of both commercial and amateur cinematographers alike. Our evening will end with the screening of Miriam Bennett's "A Study in Reds," which was placed on the Library of Congress's National Film Registry in 2009, over seventy-five years after it was made!

Woman with cranberry harvesting rake. WHI 84873
Saturday, October 12
Optional afternoon events

Glacial Lake Cranberry Tour - SOLD OUT

2–3 pm
Pre-Registration Required (SOLD OUT)
Cost: $15, Limit: 24

Enjoy a tradition that began over 125 years ago and visit Glacial Lake Cranberries, one of the oldest cranberry marshes in central Wisconsin. Harvest time, during the last week of September and through at least the third week of October, is the most colorful time to appreciate the natural beauty of the cranberry wetlands. During a guided tour you will be able to witness a cranberry harvest and you will be connecting with North America's Native Red Fruit by visiting the Visitor Center, where you can view videos, cranberry memorabilia, and cranberry collectibles. The Visitor Center also offers fresh cranberries and cranberry-related items for sale.

South Wood County Historical Society. AHI 32399
South Wood County Historical Museum

Open for tours throughout the conference
See the South Wood County Historical Museum website
Cost: Free

Founded in 1956, the South Wood County Historical Corporation (SWCHC) actively works to preserve and share the history of the county. In 1970, the SWCHC moved into the former T.B. Scott Public library. Located on the east bank of the Wisconsin River, this beautiful building in the heart of "Quality Row" was built in 1907 as the home of Isaac and Charlotte Witter. Today, local history exhibits occupy much of the basement, with exhibits and offices on the first and second floors. On the third floor, the former servants' quarters and a two-story ballroom house extensive historical archives. A favorite exhibit at the South Wood County Historical Museum is dedicated to a local artist, Myron H. "Grim" Natwick. Other exhibits explore the history of the lumbering and cranberry industries.

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