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State Historical Society’s Wisconsin History Tour in Hudson

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The Wisconsin Historical Society is taking history on the road with the Wisconsin History Tour and it's now in Hudson through March 30 at the Hudson Area Library, 700 First St. The Tour features a handcrafted traveling exhibit and free programming for all ages.

“It’s great to have the Wisconsin Historical Society stopping in Hudson for their statewide tour,” said, Tina Norris, director for the Hudson Area Library. “The Tour is a great opportunity for local residents to learn more about the rich and unique history of Wisconsin as well as the vast history of the Hudson area.”

Programming week, Feb. 23-26, offers guests the chance to attend free programs about a variety of topics. The week will kick off with a presentation from author, Marnie O. Mamminga. The award-winning author of the Society Press book “Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts” invites you to share the campfire tales and family cabin memories. A book signing will follow.

Villa Louis site director, Susan Caya-Slusser will also explore the foods, etiquette, and technology of the Victorian era and give attendees a real taste of the time period with samples of jams and preserves. A meet and greet and guided tour of the exhibit with state historic preservation officer Jim Draeger will begin at 5:30 p.m. The day will conclude with a talk from rural historian, Jerry Apps at 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts: North entrance is across the street from Library’s main entrance. Join Apps as he talks about his experiences and learn more about the lessons of rural Wisconsin life. A book signing will follow.

The week of programming also gives the community a chance to:

--Learn how to preserve family treasures that are passed down from generation to generation as well as how to preserve your historic home or business.

--Hear from Michael Edmonds, author of the Society Press book “Out of the Northwoods: The Many Lives of Paul Bunyan”  and Ann Lewis, author of the new Society Press book “Ship Captain’s Daughter: Growing Up on the Great Lakes.”

--Share pieces from your personal collections during “Your Stuff, Your Story.”

--Learn about Wisconsin mounds and find out why several mounds in northwestern Wisconsin are considered unusual for their size, method of construction, and contents.

--Attend a history happy hour at Dick’s Bar & Grill. Yak it up over a Wisconsin-made brew, decorate your own beer labels and learn something new about Wisconsin’s beer history.

--Dive into the history hidden beneath the waves of the Mississippi River and other Wisconsin waters with Underwater Archaeologist Tamara Thomsen as she takes visitors on a journey of the shipwrecks, including the War Eagle shipwreck in the Mississippi River.

--Much more

The history tour will be in Hudson through March, then in Oshkosh April/May and in Ashland June/July. For further updates and the full schedule of events, go to

The Wisconsin History Tour is underwritten in part by the Kohler Trust for Preservation with additional support from Bemis Company Foundation, BMO Harris Bank, Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, Green Bay Packers Foundation, Hilbert Communications and the Community Impact Fund of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.

Historical Society

The Wisconsin Historical Society, founded in 1846, ranks as one of the largest, most active and most diversified state historical societies in the nation. As both a state agency and a private membership organization, its mission is to help people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories. The Wisconsin Historical Society serves millions of people every year through a wide range of sites, programs and services. For more information, go to