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Travel the State With Wisconsin Hometown Stories

November 17, 2020 Becky Marburger Leave a Comment

Venture around Wisconsin from the comfort of your living room with Wisconsin Hometown Stories!

Each story is a celebration of the evolution of a town, city or county in Wisconsin, its residents and the stories they have to tell.

Stories include Door County, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Janesville, Juneau County, La Crosse, Manitowoc-Two Rivers, Neenah-Menasha, Oshkosh, Sauk Prairie and Wausau.

Educational resources for elementary, middle and high school students are also available.

Explore the Wisconsin Hometown Stories series here.

Below are a few select clips from the hour-long programs to give you a taste of the rich local history you will get from the series.

Sauk Prairie: The Sounds of Wisconsin

Cuca Records got its start in a small recording studio Jim Kirchstein built next to his record shop. By recording thousands of songs by musicians and groups of many different genres, the studio’s collection captured the sound of Wisconsin in the 1960s.

Neenah-Menasha: Paper

The Wisconsin Central Railroad provided an abundant supply of wood to the growing Menasha Woodenware Company, but the flour industry faced declining wheat yields and steep competition from Minneapolis. Entrepreneurs found that the Fox River could provide the power and clean water needed for papermaking. The industry expanded outward, and impacted the entire region.

La Crosse: Early History

The city that grew up on a river prairie today retains that beauty, thanks to the un-glaciated topography and the confluence of three rivers.

Find the full Wisconsin Hometown Stories programs here.