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SOUTH WOOD COUNTY HISTOR ICAL MUSEUM                                          Collections Highlight:

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                                      The whimsical artwork of Grim           A FAVOR ITE EXHIBIT at the South Wood               Woodpecker, Popeye, Felix the Cat and many
                                      Natwick                                 County Historical Museum in Wisconsin               other 1940s and ‘50s cartoon greats. The exhibit
                                                                              Rapids features the whimsical artistry of native    features original sketches of Mickey Mouse and
                                        What to Know                          son, Myron H. “Grim” Natwick, one of the            Betty Boop from 1974, as well as many of his
                                        Before You Go                         most influential animators of the 20th century.     earlier Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs drawings.
                                                                              Best known for drawing the popular cartoon
                                         The South Wood County Historical     character, Betty Boop, produced by Fleischer           After cartoons, Natwick finished his career
                                         Museum, 540 Third Street South,      Studios, New York in 1930, Grim would go on         doing commercial work in New York, including
                                         Wisconsin R apids, is open to the    to do important animation work for Walt Disney.     Exxon’s Tiger in Your Tank series, Sinclair’s Dino
                                         public Memorial Day through          The gallery features numerous pieces of Natwick’s   the Dinosaur, the Coo-Coo bird for Cocoa Puffs,
                                         Labor Day on Sunday, Tuesday,        original artwork.                                   and Post’s Raisin Bran. Visitors to the gallery will
                                         Wednesday and Thursday from                                                              encounter his original drawings of these iconic
                                         1-4 p.m. Admission is free. Tours       By 1935 Grim was working with Disney on the      cultural images.
                                         are also available by appointment    first full-length animated movie, Snow White and
                                         by calling (715) 423-1580. For       the Seven Dwarfs. He often considered his work         Natwick also created original artwork for the
                                         further information, visit swch-     on the character of Snow White the highlight of a   covers of Consolidated News, a company magazine
                                         museum.com.                          long career that lasted for more than 60 years. In  of Consolidated Papers Inc. Several of these
                                                                              1939 Natwick was back at the Fleischer Studio,      covers are on display, dating from 1921 to 1930.
                                         The 2013 Annual Local History        where he was in charge of drawing the Prince and    The exhibit highlights another aspect of his career
                                         and Historic Preservation            the Princess for Gulliver’s Travels.                as well. From 1914 to 1919 Natwick worked for
                                         Conference will be held in                                                               various sheet music companies in Chicago and
                                         Wisconsin R apids, October              He also helped to animate Mickey Mouse           New York. The companies commissioned him to
                                         11-12, 2013. The museum              in Fantasia as well as Mr. Magoo, Woody             create artwork for the cover of the sheet music. •
                                         welcomes attendees to visit
                                         and will be open throughout          S
                                         the conference (see the story at     and Historic Preservation Conference
                                         right).
                                                                              HOTEL MEAD IN WISCONSIN R APIDS will host           Music and American History, a series of songs,
                                        Watch for More                        the Society’s 2013 Local History and Historic       supported by spoken commentary, that comment
                                        Information                           Preservation Conference on October 11-12. This      on a variety of topics and trends in American
                                                                              will be the seventh annual conference in which the  history from the 1920s through the early 1950s.
                                         You can find more conference         Society brings together professionals, volunteers
                                         details at wihist.org/LocalHist2013  and history enthusiasts to share their stories and     The Wisconsin Council for Local History will
                                         as they become available. If you     tips on preserving and sharing our history.         sponsor the second annual Town Square, where
                                         missed a previous conference,                                                            historical and preservation groups display and
                                         you can still view many of the          This year’s conference will offer 24 sessions    share information about their organizations and
                                         archived presentations at wihist.    covering a diversity of subjects including: care    programs. The popular Saturday morning Coffee
                                         org/2012presentations. We hope       and preservation of wood and bricks; restoration    and Conversation hour will also return.
                                         you’ll make plans to join us in      methods for historic building interiors; working    Explore Wisconsin Rapids
                                         Wisconsin R apids on October         with digital collections; care and management       On Friday afternoon, attendees can explore the
                                         11-12.                               of oversize paper collections; and more. It will    city on a “Magical History Tour” of Wisconsin
                                                                              also offer 12 workshops for in-depth exploration    Rapids by bus, or choose from three different
                                                                              of topics including film conservation, archival     self-guided walking tours of the beautiful
                                                                              collections, preserving photographs, researching    historic district. On Friday evening guests will
                                                                              historic buildings, and vintage gardening.          enjoy vintage film selections from the Society’s
                                                                                                                                  film archives at Wisconsin Movie Night at
                                                                                 Keynote speakers include Lee Somerville,         the McMillan Memorial Library. After the
                                                                              a landscape historian, master gardener, and the     conference ends Saturday, there will be a guided
                                                                              author of Vintage Wisconsin Gardens: A History of   tour of Glacial Lake Cranberries, including a bus
                                                                              Home Gardening, published by the Society Press.     trip out to the marsh. •
                                                                              Bill and Bobbie Malone will present Country

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