One of the valuable resources in this region, is the rich history that abounds in many of the local communities. Volunteers, who have a love of preserving artifacts of the past and the stories left behind in diaries, public records, newspapers, and through family stories passed from generation to generation are gathered into local archives and displays in local museums.
While these museums are not grandiose structures, they are buildings from the past often used as businesses, homesteads, and farms that have been restored to reflect the era and culture of the past. These museums offer residents, schools, and visitors an opportunity to reflect on the conditions of past generations to modern times. One is pleasantly surprised as stories unfold of the creativity, ingenuity, and resourcefulness to live without the modern conveniences our generation has become so used to.
As we consider the Thanksgiving Season, let us remember to extend gratitude to the men and women of the area for their contribution in creating local museums for all to learn from and enjoy. Each of these locations depend on the generosity of local volunteers and contributions to keep the valuable history and artifacts available for public display, educational opportunities, and other activities.
Here is a list of area museums and contact information. Support the history of this area with a visit, time, or contribution.
Barnes Area Historical Association –715-795-3065
Cable/Namakagon Area Historical Society –715-798-3706 www.cablehistorymuseum.com
Cornucopia Historic Green Shed Museum – 715-742-3338 http://cornucopiawisconsin.pastperfectonline.com/
Eileen Area Historical Society Inc –715-682-5767 www.eileenhs.org
Mason Area Historical Society Inc –715-765-4554 www.masonhistorywisconsin.org
Oulu Historical Society –715-372-4793 www.ouluculturalcenter.org
Port Wing Historical Society –715-774-3536 www.portwingwi.com
The Drummond Historical Society– 715-739-6204 www.drummondwi.com
Gordon-Wascott Historical Society –715-376-4249 www.gordonwi.us.com
Old Brule Heritage Society – 715-363-2549 www.oldbrule.org
Solon Springs Historical Society –715-378-2969