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12/12/2023

December 12, 10am Consortium meeting at the Luck Museum.

The Consortium meets Tuesday, December 12th, 10 am at the Luck Museum. With the busy museum season over, what projects a...
26/11/2023

The Consortium meets Tuesday, December 12th, 10 am at the Luck Museum. With the busy museum season over, what projects are you doing over winter?
The Sterling Eureka and Laketown Historical Society, headquarted at the museum in Cushing, WI (NW Polk Co) has sold the first 100 of their new book "All About Atlas" a history of a tiny town a few miles west of hwy 35 between Frederic and Luck.
The books, 311 pages long, with a picture or two per page, printed in color, cost $15 each to from Amazon and are sold at $25 each. Saturday, November 25th was our first book signing at the Atlas Co-op Feed Mill store where we sold 35 books in the two hour event.
The Atlas History project began as an SELHS page in Jan 2022, with us posting Atlas information and then getting folks to post their own pictures, comments, etc. There are currently 750 followers for the page. We had a local author write the book with $5 of each book sold going to him and $5 to the historical society. The release in mid November has been good as they are being bought for Christmas gifts. We expect to sell about 150 copies before Christmas bringing in $750 for the historical society with an ongoing average of about 10 books per year. This is the 22nd book we have published on local history.
The book is available on Amazon

This photo-stuffed history of the hamlet of Atlas, Wisconsin, reveals that Atlas has a broader business history than anyone imagined, provides accounts of the most prominent families down through the decades, and offers compelling information about area churches, grade schools, doctors, public pa...

21/11/2023

The quarterly meeting of the NWMC is Tuesday, December 12th 10am at the Luck Museum.

18/10/2023

The Obsolete Media Laboratory at the Cushing Museum, home of the Sterling Eureka and Laketown Historical Society is in need of a 16mm movie projector -- the kind that schools used before video projectors. We have several 16mm movies to play and the two 16mm projectors we have don't work.

The Sterling Eureka and Laketown Historical Society is sponsoring the 18th Annual St Croix River Road - Hwy 87 Ramble.  ...
10/09/2023

The Sterling Eureka and Laketown Historical Society is sponsoring the 18th Annual St Croix River Road - Hwy 87 Ramble. Saturday, September 23rd, 9-5 48 stops from Taylors Falls to Grantsburg on the Wisconsin side of the St Croix River Valley. There are orchards, farm markets, garden produce, yard sales, crafts, baked goods, church bazaars, three museums, and much more. You can see the map and click on each stop to find out more. Some indoors, some outdoors, the event is rain or shine or snow. Fall colors are just getting underway and should be nice too.

September 23th is the 18th annual St Croix River Road Ramble, a self-guided tour of the old River Road and Hwy 87 between St Croix Falls and Grantsburg. 30+ stops

Hello Members, A friendly reminder about the Consortium Quarterly Meeting coming up on September 12 at the Pioneer Villa...
10/09/2023

Hello Members,

A friendly reminder about the Consortium Quarterly Meeting coming up on September 12 at the Pioneer Village Museum. 10 am - noon
Attached is an agenda and the minutes from the last meeting (thanks, Colleen. Great job!). Lunch will be provided and you are cordially invited to tour the Pioneer Village after the meeting. Hopefully, we will see you there!

We also want to congratulate the Chetek Area Historical Society for their recent affiliation with the WHS. This museum continues to grow and has lots of active members.
Hope to see you on Tuesday!
Tammy Schutz
You can see the minutes and agenda at the Consortium website at the meetings tab

Consortium Meeting: June 13, 2023 Grantsburg Library hosted by the Grantsburg Historical Soc. 10 - Noon. Tours of the museum afterwards.

At the Rusk County Historical Museum
02/09/2023

At the Rusk County Historical Museum

The Museum in uptown Cushing will be open 9-2pm Saturday during Cushing Fun Day - August 19, 2023
17/08/2023

The Museum in uptown Cushing will be open 9-2pm Saturday during Cushing Fun Day - August 19, 2023

The Obsolete Media Laboratory (OML) n the Cushing Museum of the Sterling Eureka and Laketown Historical Society received...
09/07/2023

The Obsolete Media Laboratory (OML) n the Cushing Museum of the Sterling Eureka and Laketown Historical Society received a $750 grant from Polk Burnett Electric Co-op Operation Roundup to extend their capabilities.
The current project is digitizing approximately 400 hours of audio recordings, several hundred slides, and some movie films and VHS tapes from the Polk County Wisconsin Museum in Balsam Lake.
A 35mm black and white positive filmstrip taken in 1930 by the Polk County Agricultural Agent, Charles F Claflin, shows a farm show day in the county. The film was intended to be shown on a filmstrip projector and is composed of several 24 frame films sewn together with thread end to end.
For more information on the OML, see the webpage at https://sites.google.com/view/selhs/obsolete-media-laboratory

The Sterling Eureka and Laketown Historical Society summer hours for the Cushing Museum -- Mondays 10-2 except holidays ...
04/06/2023

The Sterling Eureka and Laketown Historical Society summer hours for the Cushing Museum -- Mondays 10-2 except holidays and by appointment. Home of the Obsolete Media Laboratory, specializing in digitizing old media.

Email: [email protected]
Facebook:: https://www.facebook.com/SELHS/
Website: https://sites.google.com/view/selhs/home

Coming Events: All FREE
Sunday, June 25, The Old Settler's Picnic -- Cushing Community Center noon Potluck Picnic recognizing the older folks in the community.
Saturday August 12th Oak Hill - Alabama rural school reunion. Atlas park noon potluck picnic
Saturday September 23 9-5 The 18th Annual River Road Ramble -- St Croix Falls to Grantsburg celebration with 35 stops including sales, events, museums, bake sales, garden produce etc. A 30 mile self guided tour of the original St Croix River Road and its modern counterpart, Hwy 87.

Regular Meeting: Third Thursday of the month 2 pm Cushing Museum starting April 20th 2023 Museum open Mondays 10-3 except on holidays or snow

June 13th, 10-12 Consortium meeting at the Grantsburg, WI Library.  415 S Robert St, Grantsburg, WI 54840
02/06/2023

June 13th, 10-12 Consortium meeting at the Grantsburg, WI Library. 415 S Robert St, Grantsburg, WI 54840

★★★★★ · Public library

Frederic Event for June Dairy Month
02/06/2023

Frederic Event for June Dairy Month

Election of officers and 2023 historical society plans and events are the topic for the Thursday, April 20th 2 pm meetin...
17/04/2023

Election of officers and 2023 historical society plans and events are the topic for the Thursday, April 20th 2 pm meeting of the Sterling Eureka and Laketown Historical Society as we kick off the 2023 summer season. Memorial Day, Old Settler's picnic, Cushing Fun Day, Polk County Fair and the 18th Annual River Road Ramble are the regular events.
We are setting up a new website and will have a calendar of events on that. You can see the early version of the website at
https://sites.google.com/view/selhs/ (a free site through Google that is easy to build, easy to maintain and FREE).

Regular Meeting: Third Thursday of the month 2 pm Cushing Museum starting April 20th 2023 Museum open Mondays 10-3 except on holidays or snow

The Sterling Eureka and Laketown Historical Society in Cushing, WI is open Mondays year around (except holidays and snow...
17/04/2023

The Sterling Eureka and Laketown Historical Society in Cushing, WI is open Mondays year around (except holidays and snowstorms).
Today, the project is copying a set of 3 Wolf Creek Cemetery record books. With the foot pedal camera stand it goes as fast as turning the pages in the book. So in 30 minutes, we copied all three, then moved them to a google cloud drive where they can be shared to those needing access to the pages. On the cloud drive, Google automatically does optical character recognition, even with handwritten text, and so the books become searchable.
We are doing this as a service for the local cemetery as well as for historical record digitization in a joint project with the Polk County Wisconsin Genealogical Society. No charge to the cemetery.

08/04/2023

The Google artificial intelligence presence -- Bard-- gave us this advice on a good museum website. Do you think AI has it right? We are creating new websites for the Polk County Genealogical Society, the Sterling Eureka and Laketown Historical Society and the Wolf Creek Cemetery using sites.google.com for a free web presence (this is Russ Hanson from SELHS). Here is Bard's advice:

A good museum website should be:
Informative: The website should provide visitors with information about the museum's collection, exhibitions, and events. It should also provide information about the museum's history, mission, and staff.
Engaging: The website should be engaging and interactive. It should use multimedia, such as images, videos, and audio, to tell the museum's story and to connect with visitors.
User-friendly: The website should be easy to use and navigate. It should be designed for all types of users, including those with disabilities.
Mobile-friendly: The website should be designed for mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. It should be easy to use and navigate on these devices.
Up-to-date: The website should be up-to-date with the latest information about the museum. It should be updated regularly with new content, such as news, events, and exhibitions.
Visually appealing: The website should be visually appealing. It should use high-quality images and videos to showcase the museum's collection and to create a positive impression for visitors.
Here are some additional tips for creating a good museum website:

Focus on the user: The website should be designed with the user in mind. It should be easy to use and navigate, and it should provide the information that users are looking for.
Use multimedia: Multimedia can be a great way to engage visitors and to tell the museum's story. Use images, videos, and audio to create a rich and interactive experience for users.
Be creative: Don't be afraid to be creative with your website design. Use unique and interesting elements to make your website stand out from the competition.
Keep it updated: The website should be updated regularly with new content, such as news, events, and exhibitions. This will help to keep visitors coming back to your website.
Promote your website: Once you have created a great website, you need to promote it. Share it on social media, and include links to it on your other marketing materials. The more people who know about your website, the more visitors you will get.

Next I asked Bard to create a simple website for SELHS here is what it proposed;
Sure, here is a simple museum website for the Sterling Eureka and Laketown historical society:

Sterling Eureka and Laketown Historical Society

Welcome to the website of the Sterling Eureka and Laketown Historical Society! We are a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of our community. Our museum is located in Cushing, Wisconsin, and is open to the public from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Our Collection

Our collection includes a variety of artifacts from the history of Sterling Eureka and Laketown, including:

Homesteading and farming tools
Schoolhouse supplies
Church records
Photographs
Oral histories
Our Exhibits

Our exhibits change periodically, but some of the exhibits you may see include:

The History of Sterling Eureka
The History of Laketown
Homesteading in Sterling Eureka
School Days in Sterling Eureka
The Churches of Sterling Eureka
Our Events

We offer a variety of events throughout the year, including:

Annual Picnic
Ice Cream Social
Christmas Open House
Lectures
Workshops
Membership

We invite you to become a member of our organization! Membership dues are $25 per year for individuals and $50 per year for families. Members receive discounts on admission to our museum, as well as invitations to our special events.

Contact Us

We are located at 123 Main Street, Cushing, Wisconsin 54828. Our phone number is . You can also email us at

We hope to see you soon!

Pioneer Village::  Men Rendezvous & EncampmentFRIDAY, JULY 28th - SUNDAY, JULY 30st, 2023Our Rendezvous is growing every...
11/03/2023

Pioneer Village:: Men Rendezvous & Encampment
FRIDAY, JULY 28th - SUNDAY, JULY 30st, 2023
Our Rendezvous is growing every year! Would you like to join us? We're looking for primitive activities and traders of all types.
Encouraged Activities:
Knife and Hawk Demos
Black Powder Shoots
Atl Atl
Primitive Bow Shooting
Story Telling
Flint Knapping
Beading and Leather Work
Dutch Oven Cooking


Dealers or possessors of furs, claws, feathers, etc.: It is your responsibility to confirm compliance with the laws of WI by contacting the WI DNR at 888.936.7463

Looking for a free place to put your website?  Try sites.google.com. If your museum has a google mail account, then you ...
11/03/2023

Looking for a free place to put your website? Try sites.google.com. If your museum has a google mail account, then you can use this free.
The Sterling Eureka and Laketown Historical Society, located in Cushing, WI, has used a rootsweb free site for the past 10 years, but as that is being frozen with no more changes allowed at the end of 2023, we are switching to a google site. You can buy or use an existing domain name or just use the free one. SELHS is
https://sites.google.com/view/selhs
Simple, Free, easily updated and a regular person can do this without expertise of a web guru! We added a donate button on one page and can add most of the other features of any website.
If you want more info, email Russ Hanson at [email protected].

The Sterling Eureka and Laketown Historical Society (SELHS) began in 2000. The group runs a museum in Cushing, Wisconsin in the upstairs of the Community Center Address: SELHS Box 755, Cushing, WI 54006. email: [email protected] We are a 501c3 non-profit with bylaws, officers and regular

Second reminder!  The next Consortium meeting is in Chippewa Falls, March 14th 8:30am to 3:30 pm and includes lunch. Reg...
11/03/2023

Second reminder! The next Consortium meeting is in Chippewa Falls, March 14th 8:30am to 3:30 pm and includes lunch. Registration is necessary and the cost is $15. All of the information is at this link.
It is a day long program with several speakers. See you there.

The next Consortium meeting is in Chippewa Falls, March 14th 8:30am to 3:30 pm and includes lunch. Registration is neces...
03/03/2023

The next Consortium meeting is in Chippewa Falls, March 14th 8:30am to 3:30 pm and includes lunch. Registration is necessary and the cost is $15. All of the information is at this link.
It is a day long program with several speakers. See you there.

Is your museum on Google Maps?  It is a good place to list it for folks to find.
28/01/2023

Is your museum on Google Maps? It is a good place to list it for folks to find.

Find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps.

An educational and interesting meeting of the Consortium at the Luck Museum yesterday.
25/01/2023

An educational and interesting meeting of the Consortium at the Luck Museum yesterday.

19/01/2023

Tuesday 10 am - noon Jan 24th at the Luck Museum -- Consortium meeting;


Attached is the agenda for the NWMC meeting for Tuesday, January 24. It will be held at the Luck Museum, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. If there is anything that you think should be added to the agenda, could you please email or call, and that could be done. Thanks. The other attachments are for information for the More Library Passport Program. It’s on our agenda and I thought it would be helpful to have more information in advance. Also, at the very bottom of this email, is a copy of the email some of us received from Rebecca Kilde of the More Library System. She explains it more and has a link to go to their website.



Julie Fox, from Wisconsin Tourism, is our guest. She will be talking and taking questions about how to promote our museums and about grants available from Wisconsin Tourism. She has some ideas for our Passport program and for promoting America250. Here is a link to the Wisconsin Tourism grant information: https://www.industry.travelwisconsin.com/.



There is a Zoom option. The link is below. We are looking for someone who would be comfortable helping those that might need help getting set up or with trouble-shooting, should they have problems. Both Rachel and I have had bad experiences with hybrid meetings, and do not feel confident in that role. It could also be disruptive of the meeting if we were trying to do that during the meeting. If you are able to help with that, please let us know. We will pass it on to the group. We are sorry if anyone planning to attend via Zoom is not able to do so, but we do not feel that we will be able to assist you.



Luck Area Historical Society & Museum is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: North West WI Museum Consortium Meeting
Time: Jan 24, 2023 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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The latest acquisition at the Sterling Eureka and Laketown Historical Society in uptown Cushing, WI,  is a microfilm rea...
06/01/2023

The latest acquisition at the Sterling Eureka and Laketown Historical Society in uptown Cushing, WI, is a microfilm reader and digitizer. It is a used ST200 DLV from ST Imaging. It is a 2004 model.
It cost $75 from Facebook Marketplace, from a closed college in Rochester, MN where it was sitting in a closet for many years.
Russ Hanson, the State-of-the-Art Obsolete Media technician, got the software and license from the company free, set it up and it works! It is somewhat slow, and awkward, but as the new version of this starts at $10,000, Hanson thinks the $75 model is fine!
Microfilms of old local newspapers are located in several local libraries in Polk County. The libraries, for example at St Croix Falls, has the local Standard Press for 100 years, but no way to view them. So we can check them out and read them at the Obsolete Media Lab in Cushing and digitize the clippings or pages we want. The alternative for us it to go to River Falls Archives and do it there.
This, along with our previously acquired (free) kiosk viewer add microfilm viewing, digitizing and printing to the lab. The units are rather large, and so not transportable, but can be used at the lab, Mondays 10-2 year-round or by appointment.

06/01/2023

The next meeting of the Consortium will be January 24th, 10 - noon in Frederic, WI at the Senior Center. Look for emails or note here if it will be cancelled due to weather. Frederic is on Hwy 35, a road that is usually open soon after snows.
The Frederic Museum will be open for tours.

Winter Hours Is your museum open during the winter season?  Please list your hours if so.   The Sterling Eureka and Lake...
07/11/2022

Winter Hours
Is your museum open during the winter season? Please list your hours if so.
The Sterling Eureka and Laketown museum in Cushing, WI is open 10-2 every Monday and by appointment. It is heated! The Obsolete Media Lab is up and running on Mondays.
The Luck Museum in Luck, WI, is open M-F 11:00 - 3:30 pm with Mondays having genealogical help available from the Polk County Wisconsin Genealogical Society. It is heated!

05/11/2022

The location for the NWMC Dec. 13 meeting will be the Frederic Senior Center. It's less than a block from the SOO Line Depot with a huge parking lot and space for 40+ people. The Center is at the intersection of Elm Street West and Traffic Ave. North. That's one block west of Hwy.35 (Wisconsin Ave,) on Elm and one block north of Hwy. 48 (Oak Street) on Traffic. It is just north of Frederic Grocery. The SOO Line Depot's address is 210 Oak Street West. Both are located in downtown Frederic. The Depot will be open for an hour or so after the meeting for checking out. We will have coffee and snacks at the Center for the meeting. Unfortunately, the Tin Shed restaurant is not open on Tuesdays, but six miles south, Luckily, there are several options (Cafe Wren, Red Maple Eatery, and the Main Dish).
https://www.facebook.com/FredericHistory/

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