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Wisconsin history road show has landed in Hudson

Hudson librarian Tina Norris said she and her staff are excited to have the exhibit include Hudson in its stops around the state. (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Meg Heaton)1 / 2
The Wisconsin History Tour has arrived in Hudson and is drawing lots of visitors to the library to see the interactive exhibit. Star Observer photos by Meg Heaton2 / 2

The Wisconsin history tour is drawing them in at the Hudson Area Library.

The interactive traveling exhibit is presented by the Wisconsin Historical Society and is underwritten by organizations and businesses across the state. Hudson is one of 16 stops around the state. It will be here through March 30.

Hudson’s new library director Tina Norris is excited to have the exhibit stop in Hudson. “It really is an amazing exhibit. It includes all the Wisconsin history you ever would want to know.”

Norris says the exhibit covers the origins of the state to the present, and touches on its geography, geology, diversity, cities,  rural life, politics and industries from agriculture to beer.

And next week it gets even better with a series of special events at the library and around town  that showcase both state and local history:


Tuesday, Feb. 23

-- 10 a.m., Author Marnie O. Mamminga talks about her book “Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts, covering  five generations of life at her family’s cabin.  A book signing will follow her presentation.

--Noon, Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen, presented by Susan Caya-Slusser, direction of Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien. The event is a culinary tour of Wisconsin the in the late 19th century complete with menus and recipes, etiquette and kitchen equipment and a chance to sample jams and preserves from the day.

--5:30 p.m., Wisconsin Historical Society Director of Outreach Jim Draeger gives a guided tour of the exhibit.

--7 p.m., Rural historian  and author Jerry Apps will talk about growing up in rural Wisconsin and life on the farm at The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St. A book signing will follow.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

--10 a.m., Practical Preservation of Your Family Treasures presented by WHS conservator  Robin Carlson and preservation specialist Sara Andrews.

--Noon, Preservation 101, how preservation benefits the community presented by WHS preservation officer Jim Draeger.

2 p.m., Discover the Roots of Your Family Tree and Local History presented by WHS reference archivist Simon Munson and UW-River Falls Archive and Area Research Center head Kathryn Otto.

Thursday, Feb. 25

--10 a.m., The public is invited to bring an item that has a story, share it and post it on the WHS history tour web site.

--Noon, Unravel the story of the “real” Paul Bunyan with Michael Edmonds, author of “Out of the Northwoods: The Many Lives of Paul Bunyan.

2 p.m., Wisconsin Mounds, one of the largest and most diverse collections of human burial mounds, presented by state archeologist John Broihahn.

5:30 p.m., History Happy Hour at Dick’s Bar and Grill, 111 Walnut St., for a look at beer history in Wisconsin.

Friday, Feb. 26

--10 a.m., Learn about the history of shipping on the Great Lakes with the daughter of a long-time captain. Ann Lewis, author of “Ship Captain’s Daughter: Growing up on the Great Lakes,” will share stories and memories of sailing Lake Superior and waiting her father’s return.

--Noon, archeologist Tamara Thomsen dives into the history of shipwrecks on Wisconsin rivers and coastlines.

See the exhibit during regular library hours: Monday, noon-6 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

For more information contact the library at (715) 386-3101 or go online at or

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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