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Wisconsin History Tour: Hudson
Hudson Area Library.

Hudson Area Library

Join the Wisconsin History Tour in Hudson, Wisconsin!

Location Information
Dates: Jan 6 - Mar 30, 2016
Location:Hudson Area Library
700 First St, Hudson, WI 54016 map

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Certificate Presentation

Ellsworth Brown of the Wisconsin Historical Society presents a certificate of appreciation to Tina Norris, Director of the Hudson Area Library.

A Toast to Our Hosts

Thank you to our hosts and partners in Hudson!

Hudson's week of programs kicked off with Society Press author Marnie Mamminga sharing stories from her time spent "up north" at her family's cabin, followed by Villa Louis Site Director Susan Caya-Slusser giving a real taste of Victorian-era foods with her presentation "Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen." Later that evening, rural historian and author Jerry Apps captivated the crowd with stories from the land at the Phipps Center for the Arts.

Throughout the week Wisconsin Historical Society staff shared their expertise, giving tips for researching your family history and for preserving treasures like photo albums and letters. We let loose at Dick's Bar and Grill for History Happy Hour, where Society Press Author Jim Draeger shared a bit of Prohibition history while attendees decorated beer labels and sipped on Wisconsin-made brews.

The week concluded with Water Heritage Day, a celebration of Wisconsin's waterways. Society Press Author Ann Lewis shared what it was like to grow up as the daughter of a Great Lakes ship captain. Guests also got a glimpse beneath waves of the Mississippi River and other Wisconsin waters with a discussion of Wisconsin shipwrecks by Society Underwater Archaeologist Tamara Thomsen.

Thank you, Hudson! We had a wonderful time sharing Wisconsin's history with you!

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Thanks to all who were able to attend the week of programming in Hudson. To see more events from the Wisconsin Historical Society around the state visit

Please note: these events have passed.

+Tuesday, February 23

  • 10 AM

    Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts

    Book Talk Presented by author Marnie O. Mamminga

    Join Northwoods vacationer Marnie O. Mamminga on a trip through a 5-generations-tradition of visits to her family’s cabin, Wake Robin. 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.

  • 12 PM

    Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen

    Presented by Director of Villa Louis Susan Caya-Slusser

    Enjoy a culinary tour of the late 19th century with actual menus and recipes from the Dousman family, who lived at Villa Louis. Explore the foods, etiquette, and technology of the Victorian era and get a real taste of the time period with samples of jams and preserves.

  • 5:30 PM

    Meet & Greet and Guided Tour of the Exhibit

    Join Society Director of Outreach Jim Draeger at the Hudson Area Library for a personal welcome and a guided tour of the exhibit.

  • 7 PM

    Stories from the Land with Jerry Apps

    Book Talk Presented by rural historian Jerry Apps

    Located at the Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust Street: North entrance is across the street from Library’s main entrance.

    Legendary rural historian and prolific Society Press author Jerry Apps has written several books about growing up and living in rural Wisconsin. Come listen to Apps speak about his experiences and learn more about the lessons of rural Wisconsin life. A book signing will follow.

+Wednesday, February 24

  • 10 AM

    Practical Preservation for Your Family Treasures

    Presented by Society Conservator Robin Carlson and Preservation Specialist Sara Andrews

    Do you have treasured items passed down from family members? Come and learn pragmatic ways to preserve a variety of family treasures including scrapbooks and digital photographs, as well as inherited family heirlooms or collections. Learn when and where to find a conservator to help.
  • 12 PM

    Preservation 101

    Presented by State Historic Preservation Officer Jim Draeger

    Join Jim Draeger to learn how historic preservation benefits your community by encouraging reinvestment, attracting heritage tourists, fostering community pride, and preserving a strong sense of place. Draeger will discuss the tools, techniques, and benefits that heritage preservation has brought to Wisconsin communities. If you love Hudson, or own an historic house or commercial building that needs help, you should attend.

  • 2 PM

    Discover the Roots of Your Family Tree and Local History

    Presented by Society Reference Archivist Simone Munson and Head of UW-River Falls Archives and Area Research Center (ARC) Kathryn Otto

    Come stump our librarians and archivists! The Society houses one of the nation’s greatest genealogical and history collections. In this two-part session the presenters will discuss the Society’s collections in Madison and throughout the state at the ARCs, and will then answer questions and unearth more resources for your research.

+Thursday, February 25

  • 10 AM

    Your Stuff, Your Story

    Virtually everyone collects something. We want to know what you collect. Bring an item that has a story to tell such as a historic photo, art, glassware, clothing, or collectables such as breweriana or dolls and share your story with us. Have your story posted on “That’s My Story,” a collection of objects and stories from around Wisconsin on!
  • 12 PM

    The ‘Real’ Paul Bunyan

    Book Talk Presented by Society Library-Archives Deputy Director Michael Edmonds

    For 100 years the exploits of Paul Bunyan and his big blue ox, Babe, have filled cartoons, magazines and children's books. Unravel the mystery of this Wisconsin legend and discover the “real” Paul Bunyan with Michael Edmonds, author of the Society Press book “Out of the Northwoods: The Many Lives of Paul Bunyan.” A book signing will follow.
  • 2 PM

    Wisconsin Mounds: Giant Mysteries of Pre-History

    Presented by State Archeologist John Broihahn

    Wisconsin is home to one of the world’s largest and most diverse collections of human burial mounds. They range from small low domes and ridges to mounds shaped like animals, humans, and spirit beings. Learn how these mounds were used and why several mounds in northwestern Wisconsin are considered unusual for their size, method of construction, and contents.
  • 5:30 PM

    History Happy Hour

    Dick’s Bar & Grill, 111 Walnut Street, Hudson, WI 54016

    Join author Jim Draeger for 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. Signed copies of Draeger’s best-selling book, “Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin’s Historic Bars and Breweries,” will be available for purchase. Wisconsin Historical Society Members get a free drink!

+Friday, February 26

  • 10 AM

    Ship Captain’s Daughter: Growing Up on the Great Lakes

    Book Talk Presented by author Ann Lewis

    Sail through the history of shipping on the Great Lakes with the daughter of a long-time captain. Ann Lewis, author of the new Society Press book “Ship Captain’s Daughter: Growing Up on the Great Lakes,” will share stories of life as a shipping industry family including memories from the deck as she sailed Lake Superior and beyond with her father, and from at home with her mother awaiting her father’s safe return. A book signing will follow.

  • 12 PM

    Shipwrecks of Wisconsin’s Rivers and Coastlines

    Presented by Underwater Archaeologist Tamara Thomsen

    Dive into the history hidden beneath the waves of the Mississippi River and other Wisconsin waters with Underwater Archaeologist Tamara Thomsen as she takes you on a journey of the shipwrecks, including the War Eagle shipwreck in the Mississippi River. Many of Thomsen’s shipwreck photos and shipwreck tales also appear in the Society Press book for young readers, “Great Ships on the Great Lakes: A Maritime History,” available for sale after the presentation.
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A Toast to Our Hosts

Hudson Area Library

The Wisconsin Historical Society thanks the Hudson Area Library for hosting the Wisconsin History Tour exhibit and events during the months of January through March.

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April 2016

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