Turtle Lake Museum

Turtle Lake Museum The Turtle Lake Museum has multiple buildings and outdoor exhibits to tour. Open June - September, 2nd & 3rd weekends. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
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Here is a photo from Jane Schradle.  We are still looking for old Turtle Lake photos and especially old time farming in ...
02/28/2020

Here is a photo from Jane Schradle. We are still looking for old Turtle Lake photos and especially old time farming in the area. Please look through old family photos and let us know if you have something you'd like to share with us.

The A.O. Blix store in the process of demolition. I remember going there over lunch break, (we had open campus back then...
02/23/2020

The A.O. Blix store in the process of demolition. I remember going there over lunch break, (we had open campus back then). You could leave there with a big bag of candy for only five cents. Share your memories.

When horse power was measured in horses and farming was even more labor intensive.  Do you have any farming photos to sh...
12/16/2019

When horse power was measured in horses and farming was even more labor intensive. Do you have any farming photos to share? Let us know.

Here are two contrasting views of Main Street Turtle Lake.  The first was from the 1920's and the second was from the 19...
10/27/2019

Here are two contrasting views of Main Street Turtle Lake. The first was from the 1920's and the second was from the 1950's. Note that at one time half of the Gambles Store was a bakery and soda fountain. We are still looking for old Turtle Lake photos, especially for life on the farm. Please consider sharing them with us.

Thank you Turtle Lake Class of 1969 for visiting the Museum as part of your 50th Reunion celebration.  We are also open ...
10/06/2019

Thank you Turtle Lake Class of 1969 for visiting the Museum as part of your 50th Reunion celebration. We are also open to other special events like family reunions. Thanks to the Meyer, Morgan and Revard families as well as the Turtle Lake 4th grade class who are studying Wisconsin history. We are now officially closed for the year, but look forward to June of 2020 when we will reopen with new exhibits.

These Photos were provided by Dorothy (Barr) Henrich.  The first shows Dorothy's Grandmother Pearl Barr at the farm that...
10/06/2019

These Photos were provided by Dorothy (Barr) Henrich. The first shows Dorothy's Grandmother Pearl Barr at the farm that they purchased in Turtle Lake. The original farm they purchased was resold to another family before they arrived. The farm they had to settle for was full of stumps from the logging era that had to be removed. (Bate and Switch). The stumps were dynamited out of the ground. The next photo is the Dairyman's Inn that was moved from the Balsam Lake area. The Barr family operated it for a number of years. It is now Springer Eye Care. The last photo shows Dorothy's father Shorty (George) Barr who road a horse into the Hotel Bar on a bet. Who says that we don't know how to have fun in Turtle Lake. If you have any old photos of Turtle Lake and would like to share for a new history book, you can contact us through this site.

Here are a few teaser photos from historic Turtle Lake.  We are looking to publish a new book and need your old photos. ...
04/27/2019

Here are a few teaser photos from historic Turtle Lake. We are looking to publish a new book and need your old photos. Please contact us.

Here are a few new Turtle Lake photos in response to our request and in anticipation to an addendum to the previous TL h...
03/09/2019

Here are a few new Turtle Lake photos in response to our request and in anticipation to an addendum to the previous TL history book. The first shows the original Turtle Lake Depot; next is the depot photo that most people recognize and the last is a blue print map of Turtle Lake, (note the location of a round house and the saw mill where the Lumber Yard / TL Museum is located). Keep those photos coming. Thanks!

The TL Museum under the auspices  of the GTLAA (Greater Turtle Lake Area Association) is attempting to put together anot...
02/17/2019

The TL Museum under the auspices of the GTLAA (Greater Turtle Lake Area Association) is attempting to put together another TL History book to celebrate Turtle Lake's upcoming 125 anniversary. It will be a companion book to our centennial book, A Tribute to the Time. We are looking for old photos and history to add to what we already have. All original photos and negatives will be scanned and can be returned to the contributors. If you have something you'd like to share, including from the 1960's and older, please let us know. This photograph was taken from the current Turtle Lake water tower in the park and shows the old water tower and parts of the Turtle Lake School that no longer exists and are now part of history.

In anticipation for our 125th village celebration in 2022, the Turtle Lake Museum in coordination with the GTLAA is in t...
02/02/2019

In anticipation for our 125th village celebration in 2022, the Turtle Lake Museum in coordination with the GTLAA is in the process of gathering old area photographs to use in the production of a companion photo book to the Turtle Lake history book, A Tribute To The Time. We are looking for old photographs that have not been previously published. It could include photos including the 1960's. Negatives, original photos or high definition scans would work. Old framing photos, especially with horses or vintage equipment, old businesses, old cars, trucks or motorcycles,Turtle Lake postcards, old school pictures are examples of subjects we are looking for. Please let us know if you have any of these. Become a part of Turtle Lake's written history.

01/31/2019

The Turtle Lake Museum and this site were established to preserve and educate the public about the history of our community and the surrounding area. It is not a platform for political debate. Apparently we have been hacked. We are attempting to find out how it happened and to put a stop it. We apologize for any offense, but please note we did not post them.

Turtle Lake 4th graders visited the Museum as part of their Wisconsin History unit.  Local history makes Wisconsin Histo...
11/02/2018

Turtle Lake 4th graders visited the Museum as part of their Wisconsin History unit. Local history makes Wisconsin History come alive.

The Leisz family had a family reunion in Turtle Lake.  Here is a little bit of their history.  Feel free to add to it.
09/29/2018

The Leisz family had a family reunion in Turtle Lake. Here is a little bit of their history. Feel free to add to it.

09/02/2018

If you haven't visited the TL Museum this year, September is the end of our season (aside from special events). We will be open Sept. 8-9 and 15-16. Just because you have been there once, don't think you've seen it all. Every year we change displays as new items are acquired. There is more about Turtle Lake that we find out every year.

If you are planning on a Turtle Lake Class or Family
Reunion, please consider adding us to your agenda, even if it's not during our regular open hours. Please contact us.

Scenes from around Turtle Lake.
09/02/2018

Scenes from around Turtle Lake.

Untitled Album
07/15/2018

Untitled Album

Turtle Lake Museum's entries in the Turtle Lake Fair Parade

07/04/2018
We are looking for old photos from local farm activities, especially farming with horses, but it could be anything from ...
06/24/2018

We are looking for old photos from local farm activities, especially farming with horses, but it could be anything from the working in the kitchen to barns to planting to old tractors etc.

05/13/2018
We found this advertisement used as the backing of a 1921 framed High School diploma.  There were a number of businesses...
01/06/2018

We found this advertisement used as the backing of a 1921 framed High School diploma. There were a number of businesses located in Turtle Lake that we are just now discovering. Interesting stuff. Does anyone out there have something they would like to share?

Camping trips were a bit more complicated in the 1920s &30s.  Notice the TL Motor company advertisement on the rear whee...
12/11/2017

Camping trips were a bit more complicated in the 1920s &30s. Notice the TL Motor company advertisement on the rear wheel. These photos are from the Loyd Johnson family album. Here are some early photos of a much less developed Interstate Park. If you look close, you will see some interesting details. Got photos to share? We'd love to scan them and give you back the originals.

Wisconsin Historical Society
12/11/2017

Wisconsin Historical Society

"My bologna has a first name, it's O-S-C-A-R…"

The Wisconsin Historical Society is collaborating with retirees from Oscar Mayer to collect, preserve, and share the vital living history of Oscar Mayer and we need your help! If you worked at Oscar Mayer, were a relative of someone who worked there, or were otherwise impacted by the company, we need your voice. Please consider sharing a few memories with us.

Together, your stories will honor the historic role Oscar Mayer played in the community.

Submit your stories here: www.oscarmayerstories.com

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Here is a short article about the 1945 Train wreck
11/27/2017

Here is a short article about the 1945 Train wreck

From Richard Smiley: “This was in 1943 two trains head on in front of station I was walking home from school and saw it....
11/27/2017

From Richard Smiley: “This was in 1943 two trains head on in front of station I was walking home from school and saw it. My dad was on the train coming back from St Paul and gave me the heck for being there the whole town was out there I remember the noise of the steam escaping it was big news in Turtle Lake” ( Editor's note: This actually occurred in 1945. Great photo we have not seen this one before. Thanks for sharing)

Thanks, Jennie, for the great photo share and story!
11/26/2017

Thanks, Jennie, for the great photo share and story!

I'm sharing a family photo of the house that is currently located across from the Turtle Lake museum (former Lamperts). I believe that this photo was taken between 1905 and 1910. The adults in the photo are my great great grandparents, Rosa and John Reisch. The young girl is their youngest daughter Hazel Reisch who was born in 1899. Rosa and John and six children; Lillie born 1883, Mary (Wittenbrear) born 1885 (my great grandmother also grandmother to my grandmother Nancy (Olson, Sundvall) Lange , Johnny born 1888, Clara born 1891 , Hattie born 1893, and Hazel born 1899. My grandma Nancy has many childhood memories at this home, including swimming in Mill Pond. When I look closely at this home today I can easily see the structure of the home where my ancestors once lived.

11/24/2017
I forgot to add this photo.  Probably a Homecomming  Parade.  Note the UB Church behind the truck, so it looks like it i...
11/18/2017

I forgot to add this photo. Probably a Homecomming Parade. Note the UB Church behind the truck, so it looks like it is just leaving the school.

11/11/2017
Ancestry
11/07/2017

Ancestry

We're in search of living WWII veterans so we can help capture and preserve their story for generations to come, learn more: http://ancstry.me/2hawRkw

October 31st begins a time for family and remembrance. Have a safe and memorable holiday!
10/31/2017

October 31st begins a time for family and remembrance. Have a safe and memorable holiday!

Our museum has been featured on a local photography and travel blog!
10/19/2017
Turtle Lake Museum

Our museum has been featured on a local photography and travel blog!

Welcome to the Turtle Lake Museum located in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin. In 2010 the census reported that 1,065 people lived in the vi...

Turtle Lake's 4th grade students are studying Wisconsin history and came to the TL Museum to learn about local history.
10/19/2017

Turtle Lake's 4th grade students are studying Wisconsin history and came to the TL Museum to learn about local history.

Turtle Lake Museum
10/18/2017

Turtle Lake Museum

The Turtle Lake fourth grade students visited the museum today!
10/18/2017

The Turtle Lake fourth grade students visited the museum today!

The full moon rises over the Mill Pond.
10/05/2017

The full moon rises over the Mill Pond.

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Our page has been hacked!!! The GTLAA is not a political group. We would not and did not authorize the political posts you see on this page. It will be taken care of. We apologize if this offended anyone who seen the posts. Laurie Tarman-President GTLAA
Alex Charles Bauer and his sons leaving Turtle Lake for the South Pacific during WWII. L to R: Alex Charles Bauer, Valentine Bauer and John Bauer. Val was in the Navy and John was a military police officer.
Alex Charles Bauer and friends from Turtle Lake, Wisconsin hunting in Cumberland, Wisconsin.
Alex Sr. Bauer, Alex Charles Bauer and Tony Hendricks from Turtle Lake, Wisconsin working the farms near Cumberland and Turtle Lake, Wisconsin.
Alex Bauer and Sophia Hochhausen Family. Turtle Lake, Wisconsin.
This a photo from the 40's in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin. Alex Charles Bauer and his sons. L to R: Val, John, Alex, Alex and Leonard.
Looking forward to a great season at the Museum. We are busy getting ready for our June 9th opening We have items that came in this winter that will be on display. Hope to see you there.
I'm sharing a family photo of the house that is currently located across from the Turtle Lake museum (former Lamperts). I believe that this photo was taken between 1905 and 1910. The adults in the photo are my great great grandparents, Rosa and John Reisch. The young girl is their youngest daughter Hazel Reisch who was born in 1899. Rosa and John and six children; Lillie born 1883, Mary (Wittenbrear) born 1885 (my great grandmother also grandmother to my grandmother Nancy (Olson, Sundvall) Lange , Johnny born 1888, Clara born 1891 , Hattie born 1893, and Hazel born 1899. My grandma Nancy has many childhood memories at this home, including swimming in Mill Pond. When I look closely at this home today I can easily see the structure of the home where my ancestors once lived.