Bands, concerts, and why we love them!

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History Speaks at the Woodson History Center: Making Music in Marathon County


Do you enjoy listening to or participating in concerts performed by various bands across the area? Ben Clark has researched this aspect of local culture and will present “Making Music in Marathon County,” another topic in our History Speaks series, at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 15, at the Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe St., Wausau.


Whether it’s German, School, Military, German, Brass, Dance, or Concert; the Band has been the central institution in the musical history in Marathon County. Learn about the development of the bands and how they went from popular musical entertainment, to a staple of modern education and symbol of our shared heritage and history.


Ben Clark is the archivist at the Marathon County Historical Society and plays saxophone in the Wausau Concert Band and Merrill City Band, among others.


There is no admission fee; however, donations are appreciated.  Registration is not required.


The Historical Society is grateful to Janke Book Store and to Compass Properties for their sponsorship of the History Speaks series.


Visitors might also enjoy a guided tour of the Yawkey House Museum, or visiting our free exhibit spaces. Milking Time: Evolution of the Dairy Industry in Marathon County, shows the hard work that went into creating fields after forests were logged off, and the progress made in breeding, testing, medicine and education that enabled dairying to develop into a viable business option. Rural Electrification: Outlet for Change depicts life before and after electricity made its slow way into rural areas of Marathon County in the 1930s and ‘40s. Our Stories: The History of Marathon County features reminiscences of how people arrived in this area, and how they worked and played in days gone by.


For more information, please call the Marathon County Historical Society at 715-842-5750.