Dunn County Historical Society

Dunn County Historical Society Formed in 1950, the Dunn County Historical Society discovers, preserves, interprets and shares knowledge about the history of Dunn County and its role in Wisconsin, and inspires interest in the past.

DETOUR THIS WEEKEND The direct route through Wakanda Park to the Rassbach Museum and Lion's Club Game Park will be close...
06/21/2019

DETOUR THIS WEEKEND

The direct route through Wakanda Park to the Rassbach Museum and Lion's Club Game Park will be closed again this weekend in the interest of safety for a baseball tournament. We'll still be open, and invite you to take the scenic route to the museum during that time. From Pine Avenue proceed to Wilson St., and turn north to 21st Ave NE. That will take you down the hill and become Wakanda St.

ON THIS DAY IN 1921»  the Wisconsin legislature passed the nation's first bill ensuring that women have the same legal ...
06/21/2019
Nation's First Equal Rights Bill Passed In 1921 In Wisconsin

ON THIS DAY IN 1921
» the Wisconsin legislature passed the nation's first bill ensuring that women have the same legal rights as men. Section 6.015 opened, "Women shall have the same rights and privileges under the law as men..." It was signed into law on July 11.

To learn more, read the 2017 article below:

On June 21, 1921, the Wisconsin Legislature passed the nation’s first equal rights bill. It was signed into law by Gov. John James Blaine a few weeks later.

Is the summer solstice the first day of summer? Yes and no. Astronomers and meteorologists disagree.
06/21/2019
Summer Solstice 2019: First Day of Summer

Is the summer solstice the first day of summer? Yes and no. Astronomers and meteorologists disagree.

When is the Summer Solstice 2019? See when the first day of summer is—plus, solstice facts, folklore, and more from The Old Farmer's Almanac!

IN THE MUSEUM Volunteer Bruce Gardow tells you everything you wanted to know about hardtack, but were afraid to ask. Rea...
06/20/2019

IN THE MUSEUM

Volunteer Bruce Gardow tells you everything you wanted to know about hardtack, but were afraid to ask.

Read the article at https://bit.ly/2XnXCIY

Vintage base ball action this weekend, rain or shine!
06/19/2019
Menomonie Blue Caps

Vintage base ball action this weekend, rain or shine!

The brothers-in-law team of Mad Dog and Hound Dog were on WEAU 13 News talking all things Vintage Base Ball. Remember, we are at Phelan Park all weekend. Unless there is lightning, the games will go on as scheduled!

FROM THE FILES Log jam above Cedar Fall attracts numerous visitors; bike thief foiled; Wakanda and Lakeview bathing beac...
06/19/2019

FROM THE FILES

Log jam above Cedar Fall attracts numerous visitors; bike thief foiled; Wakanda and Lakeview bathing beaches open for the summer season; Dale Hendricks of Colfax attends WWII monument dedication; Four rescued when canoe tips in Red Cedar River. Sofi Doane reports all this and more in From the Files (June 19, 2019).

To read the full article, go to https://bit.ly/2ZEvfnH

Tonight, the Dunn County Historical Society will run Hoop and Stick relay races(or you can just try your hand without ra...
06/18/2019

Tonight, the Dunn County Historical Society will run Hoop and Stick relay races(or you can just try your hand without racing) near the fountain in Wilson Park during the Ludington Guard Band Concert!

REMINDER » Two great days of 1860 rules vintage base ball this coming weekend at Menomonie's Phelan Park featuring ten ...
06/18/2019

REMINDER » Two great days of 1860 rules vintage base ball this coming weekend at Menomonie's Phelan Park featuring ten teams from across the nation hosted by your Menomonie Blue Caps.

Details at https://www.facebook.com/events/514201159055299/

Little Chomper! We found this little beaver chomping away at out mailbox post! Get your own adorable Dunn County Critter...
06/17/2019

Little Chomper! We found this little beaver chomping away at out mailbox post! Get your own adorable Dunn County Critter finger puppet in our museum store. Open Tuesday - Sunday 11-5!

HAPPY FATHER'S DAYFather's Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of ...
06/16/2019
A Brief History of Father's Day | The Art of Manliness

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY

Father's Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March, April and June. It was not celebrated in the US, outside Catholic traditions, until the early 20th century to complement Mother's Day in celebrating fathers, fathering, and fatherhood.

There are two stories of when the first Father's Day was celebrated.

Is your dad a history buff? A sports fan? A hunter? Does he like beer, or perhaps UFO's? We've got you covered with some...
06/14/2019

Is your dad a history buff? A sports fan? A hunter? Does he like beer, or perhaps UFO's? We've got you covered with some fantastic books for Father's Day in our Museum Store! Shop local and get your dad a unique and engaging book! We are open 11-5 Tuesday - Sunday.

2019 Dunn County Flag Day Ceremony
06/14/2019

2019 Dunn County Flag Day Ceremony

DETOUR THIS WEEKEND The direct route through Wakanda Park to the Rassbach Museum and Lion's Club Game Park will be close...
06/14/2019

DETOUR THIS WEEKEND

The direct route through Wakanda Park to the Rassbach Museum and Lion's Club Game Park will be closed this weekend in the interest of safety for a baseball tournament. We'll still be open, and invite you to take the scenic route to the museum during that time. From Pine Avenue proceed to Wilson St., and turn north to 21st Ave NE. That will take you down the hill and become Wakanda St.

ON THIS DAY IN 1855» Sen. Robert M. La Follette BornOn this date, Robert M. La Follette was born in Primrose, Dane Coun...
06/14/2019

ON THIS DAY IN 1855
» Sen. Robert M. La Follette Born

On this date, Robert M. La Follette was born in Primrose, Dane County. A renowned lawyer, politician, governor, and U.S. Senator, La Follette was the son of a prosperous, politically active Republican farmer who died eight months after Robert was born. Robert grew up on his family's farm and entered the UW in 1874.

While a student at UW, he edited the campus newspaper and was strongly influenced by the teachings of John Bascom. After receiving a B.A. in 1879, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1880. The same year, he was nominated and elected district attorney over the opposition of local political boss Elisha W. Keyes. On December 31, 1881 he married his college sweetheart, Belle Case. In 1884 he was elected to Congress, again defeating Keyes.

Known as "Fighting Bob", he actively advocated conservation, preservation of public lands, and conservative public spending. Defeated in the 1890 election, he returned to his Madison law practice but remained active in state politics. He served as governor from 1900 to 1906, where he pushed a broad reform agenda which became known as "the Wisconsin Idea." As governor, he enacted a program that included direct primaries, more equitable taxation, a more effective railroad commission, civil service reform, conservation, control of lobbyists, a legislative reference library, and bank reform. In 1905 the Wisconsin legislature elected La Follette to the U.S. Senate. He was a controversial senator almost from the beginning.

After William Howard Taft became president, La Follette forged the progressive Republican opposition to the Payne-Aldrich Tariff and became a persistent critic of the administration. In 1909, he founded La Follette's Weekly Magazine (later known as The Progressive) to promote his ideology. In 1911 he was chosen as the progressive Republican candidate to displace Taft, but he was superseded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1912. La Follette supported most of the policies of Democratic President Woodrow Wilson until the question of U.S. entry into World War I arose. Vigorously opposed to entry, he was the victim of an unsuccessful attempt to expel him from the Senate for an antiwar speech. In the postwar period, La Follette resisted the anti-Communist scare and fought for the interests of workers and farmers against the business-oriented Republican administrations. He initiated the investigation into the Teapot Dome scandal in 1922.

In 1924, he ran for president on the Progressive Party ticket but lost to Calvin Coolidge. He died on June 18, 1925, still a fervent believer in democracy. Both of La Follette's sons, Robert Jr. and Philip, carried on his political ideals after his death. La Follette was one of the most eloquent orators of his time, consistently speaking out in favor of popular democracy and in opposition to government by special interests. He is regarded as one of the most important Progressives in American history.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin Biography, SHSW 1960, pg. 217]

06/13/2019

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Don't forget the Flag Day Observance tomorrow in downtown Menomonie from 10 am to noon. For more information go to https...
06/13/2019

Don't forget the Flag Day Observance tomorrow in downtown Menomonie from 10 am to noon. For more information go to https://bit.ly/2I8TuV2

06/12/2019

An early Father's Day Gift! This museum visitor is sporting his new historic Blue Caps base ball pill box hat! Come pick up Blue Caps merch. for a unique gift for Father's day - Bonus, you will fit right in at the Blue Caps Base ball festival June 22-23! Check out our event page for more info on the festival!

FROM THE FILES Public urged to take preventive measures against dread disease diphtheria; Pete Wilson will establish a m...
06/12/2019

FROM THE FILES

Public urged to take preventive measures against dread disease diphtheria; Pete Wilson will establish a mill for the Knapp, Stout & Co. in Leeper, Mo.; free gasoline dispensed after truck overturns; Menomonie has a new sister city in Konakovo, Russia. Sofi Doane reports all this and more in From the Files (June 12, 2019).

To read the full article, go to https://bit.ly/2R70CUC

We didn't lose it. We know right where it is.
06/11/2019
How Wisconsin "Lost" Michigan's Upper Peninsula

We didn't lose it. We know right where it is.

It's (kind of) common knowledge in Wisconsin that what is now Michigan's upper peninsula was once part of America's dairyland, and was somehow ceded our eastern neighbors. But just like most common knowledge, this isn't quite as true ...

TEMPERANCE LAW TESTED» From the June 8, 1872 Dunn County News
06/08/2019

TEMPERANCE LAW TESTED
» From the June 8, 1872 Dunn County News

"At first you look at it like, excuse me? I’m supposed to do what with that?" » Jeff Zupan
06/07/2019
Cannibal Sandwiches: A Polarizing And Misunderstood Wisconsin Tradition

"At first you look at it like, excuse me? I’m supposed to do what with that?"

» Jeff Zupan

Imagine. It’s the holidays and to quiet your pre-dinner hunger, someone hands you a slice of rye bread topped with a thick spread of fresh raw beef, chopped onion and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

Two Stout Institute students were involved in D-Day operations and are honored in UW-Stout's Hall of Heroes in the Memor...
06/06/2019

Two Stout Institute students were involved in D-Day operations and are honored in UW-Stout's Hall of Heroes in the Memorial Student Center.

Today is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion. We want to take a moment to honor two heroes from our Hall of Heroes. James Homer Day died on June 6th, 1944 during the D-Day Invasion. George Schultis was another hero who fought in the D-Day Invasion and later died in action in Belgium on January 29, 1945.

For more information on the Hall of Heroes, please follow the link: https://buff.ly/2Qg6Otd.

CIVIL WAR PRESENTATION»  at the Mabel following Flag Day Ceremony on June 14 Attend a free presentation at the Mabel Ta...
06/06/2019

CIVIL WAR PRESENTATION
» at the Mabel following Flag Day Ceremony on June 14

Attend a free presentation at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts following the Flag Day ceremony. Author and Downtown Menomonie Executive Director Dustyn Dubuque will talk about Civil War Veteran Newell Burch and his survival as a prisoner of war. Burch was the longest-held Union prisoner of the entire war, surviving 661 days and being transferred between several prisons. Burch has a commemorative brick in the Veteran’s Memorial. Refreshments will be provided.

“Newell Burch was a man of resilience and selflessness. He survived 21 months as a prisoner of war, 13 months of which were in the infamous Andersonville Prison. He truly was a remarkable man.” --- Dustyn Dubuque

FROM THE FILES John Black bruised by a bull; thirty acres of strawberries ready to pick for markets in Duluth and Superi...
06/05/2019

FROM THE FILES

John Black bruised by a bull; thirty acres of strawberries ready to pick for markets in Duluth and Superior; Sergt. Gus Billis arrived home from overseas in time to march in the Memorial Day parade; John Russell will speak at the national convention of the Professional Photographers of America. Sofi Doane reports all this and more in From the Files (June 5, 2019).

To read the full article, go to https://bit.ly/2wFDza0

A big "thank you" to all who braved the rain last night to join us under the Wilson Park pavilion for the pie social. De...
06/05/2019

A big "thank you" to all who braved the rain last night to join us under the Wilson Park pavilion for the pie social. Despite the concert cancellation we sold many pies and treats and made many friends. We'll see you at several of this summer's free concerts with a variety of historic games for all ages, including three kinds of races: hoop and stick, sack, and three-legged!

06/04/2019

It may be raining and the Ludington Guard Band and we may get cancelled but if you want some pie, bars or cupcakes....come down and support us.

Mark your calendars -- Flag Day, June 14, starting at 10 a.m. at the Dunn County Veteran’s Memorial  (intersection of ...
06/04/2019
Klatt Brothers to be Honored on Flag Day – Community Foundation of Dunn County

Mark your calendars -- Flag Day, June 14, starting at 10 a.m. at the Dunn County Veteran’s Memorial (intersection of 2nd Street and 6th Avenue in downtown Menomonie).

Dunn County to celebrate 19th annual Veteran’s brick dedication Klatt brothers honored on Flag Day Veterans, their families and military supporters alike will gather together at the Veteran’s Memorial in Menomonie for the 19th annual Veteran’s Brick Dedication Ceremony, to honor those whom hav...

OOPS!  » From the June 3, 1926 Dunn County News
06/03/2019

OOPS!
» From the June 3, 1926 Dunn County News

"These guys are so resourceful. And they're known for being tough and being able to make it through a lot of different c...
05/31/2019
How The Badger Burrowed Into Wisconsin's Identity

"These guys are so resourceful. And they're known for being tough and being able to make it through a lot of different circumstances."

» Jess Thomson

Why is the badger Wisconsin's state animal? Turns out it has more to do with the state's early mining history than the cute but ferocious mammal.

You are invited to share your thoughts and ideas with the Wisconsin Historical Society as they seek to create a modern, ...
05/30/2019
Share Your Voice Eau Claire!

You are invited to share your thoughts and ideas with the Wisconsin Historical Society as they seek to create a modern, state-of-the-art history museum that connects and tells the story of all Wisconsinites.

Share Your Voice!Statewide Public Forum Series to Create a New Wisconsin History Museum You are invited to share your thoughts and ideas with the Wisconsin Historical Society as we seek to create a modern, state-of-the-art history museum that connects and tells the story of all Wisconsinites. Your p...

We posted on this a few years back, but the story is worth revisiting. And perhaps worth a road trip south to Durand.
05/30/2019
Durand Restaurant Uncovers Hidden History

We posted on this a few years back, but the story is worth revisiting. And perhaps worth a road trip south to Durand.

A few years ago, Ron Berger was doing a renovation on his family’s restaurant in Durand, southwest of Eau Claire. As he pulled back a part of the dining room wall, he spotted something that hadn’t been seen in over a century.

ON THIS DAY in 1848 » Wisconsin Enters the UnionOn this date in 1848, Wisconsin became the 30th state to enter the Unio...
05/29/2019

ON THIS DAY in 1848
» Wisconsin Enters the Union

On this date in 1848, Wisconsin became the 30th state to enter the Union. The state's 56,154 square miles comprised 1/56 of the United States at the time. Its nickname, the "Badger State," was not in reference to the fierce animal but miners who spent their winters in the state, living in dugouts and burrowing much like a badger.

FROM THE FILES Planning underway for fourth of July celebrations; I.O.O.F. lodge under construction in Downsville; Memor...
05/29/2019

FROM THE FILES

Planning underway for fourth of July celebrations; I.O.O.F. lodge under construction in Downsville; Memorial Day dance opposed; Eau Galle, Menomin and Tainter lakes will be lowered to destroy carp; Oaklawn Elementary School students raise $3,002 for the American Heart Association. Sofi Doane reports all this and more in From the Files (May 29, 2019).

To read the full article, go to https://bit.ly/2HIHPfh

By the start of the 1920 racing season, Harry Miller was designing and building race cars that were decades ahead of the...
05/25/2019
Legends: Harry Miller – American Race Car Designer and Builder (Part 2)

By the start of the 1920 racing season, Harry Miller was designing and building race cars that were decades ahead of the competition in terms of engineering as well as style. Join Scott and Ben of the Car Stuff Show podcast for part two of the Harry Miller story.

By the start of the 1920 racing season, Harry Miller was designing and building race cars that were decades ahead of the competition in terms of engineering as well as style. Join Scott and Ben for part two of the Harry Miller story.

You are invited to share your thoughts and ideas with the Wisconsin Historical Society as we seek to create a modern, st...
05/24/2019
Share Your Voice Barron County!

You are invited to share your thoughts and ideas with the Wisconsin Historical Society as we seek to create a modern, state-of-the-art history museum that connects and tells the story of all Wisconsinites. Wed., May 29, 2019

Share Your Voice!Statewide Public Forum Series to Create a New Wisconsin History Museum You are invited to share your thoughts and ideas with the Wisconsin Historical Society as we seek to create a modern, state-of-the-art history museum that connects and tells the story of all Wisconsinites. Your p...

The legendary American race car designer and builder Harry Miller was known as "the greatest creative figure in the hist...
05/24/2019
Legends: Harry Miller – American Race Car Designer and Builder (Part 1)

The legendary American race car designer and builder Harry Miller was known as "the greatest creative figure in the history of the American racing car." His cars and engines dominated the American oval-track racing scene for almost half a century.

Grab a cup of coffee and listen to this podcast from the Car Stuff Show. (Part 2 tomorrow)

The legendary American race car designer and builder Harry Miller was known as "the greatest creative figure in the history of the American racing car." His cars and engines dominated the American oval-track racing scene for almost half a century.

AREA MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCESThe Menomonie Patriotic Council will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Ev...
05/23/2019

AREA MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCES

The Menomonie Patriotic Council will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Evergreen Cemetery, on the east side of Lake Menomin (13th St. NE, Menomonie). The speaker will be Lieutenant John Roosen, US Marine Corps and Navy veteran. Due to the length of the program, spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. The road to the cemetery closes at 9:30 a.m. and stays closed through the ceremony. In case of heavy rain, services will be moved to the Veterans Center of Menomonie, E4710 Highway BB, which is two miles north of Menomonie on Highway 25.

Attendees will each receive a United States flag, provided by Menomonie Ace Hardware and the “One Million Flag Giveaway.”

Other observances in Dunn County on May 27 are:

Hay River Cemetery, 7:45 a.m. (located HWY 25 & 64)
Johnson-Whistler American Legion Post 323 | AMVETS Post 72

Zion Cemetery, 8:30 a.m.
Johnson-Whistler American Legion Post 323 | AMVETS Post 72

New Haven Cemetery, 9:15 a.m.
Johnson-Whistler American Legion Post 323 | AMVETS Post 72

Connorsville Lutheran Cemetery, 9:45 a.m.
Johnson-Whistler American Legion Post 323 | AMVETS Post 72

Chimney Rock, 10:15 a.m.
Johnson-Whistler American Legion Post 323 | AMVETS Post 72

Hay River Town Hall, 11 a.m.
Johnson-Whistler American Legion Post 323 | AMVETS Post 72

Wheeler Cemetery, 11:30 a.m.
AMVETS Post 72 | Wheeler VFW

Lucas Cemetery, 1 p.m.
AMVETS Post 72

Potters Field, Menomonie, Wis., 3 p.m.
AMVETS Post 72 | Menomonie Guard

Address

1820 Wakanda St NE
Menomonie, WI
54751

Located in Menomonie's Wakanda Park near the Wakanda Elementary School, the Lions Club Game Park, and the water park.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 17:00
Thursday 11:00 - 17:00
Friday 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(715) 232-8685

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