Historic Presentations

Historic Presentations

Below is a list of several interesting and informative presentations on a variety of topics relating to the history of Marathon County. These programs have been designed for both children and adults and are available for use at your place or at the Historical Society's facilities. For more information or to schedule a program, please call (715) 842-5750.

Early History of Wausau

Presenter: Gary Gisselman
A history of the Wausau area from the learly lumber era of the later 1830's through modern times. 


The Leaders of Wausau

Presenter: Gary Gisselman
A look at some of the people who have played a vital part in Marathon County's history. 


Wausau's Historic Houses

Presenter: Gary Gisselman
A fascinating slide show about the architecture of some of Wausau's lovely homes and the people who built them. 


Women of Wausau

Presenter: Gary Gisselman
A look at the important women who contributed to the growth ofWausau and Marathon County in the 19th and 20th centuries. 


Rural Architecture of Marathon County

Presenter: Gary Gisselman
A program featuring the turn-of-the-century farm houses, barns, and out buildings unique to Marathon County. 


Churches of Marathon County

Presenter: Gary Gisselman
A program on the history of the local churches from their beginnings. 


100 Years of Women's Fashions

Presenter: Anna Chilsen Straub
A look back at the dramatic changes in women's clothing sytles from the mid-19th century to the late-20th century. 


The One-Room Schoolhouses of Marathon County

Presenter: Gary Gisselman
A history of the one-room schoolhouse in the 19th and 20th centuries.


Native Americans of Wisconsin

Presenter: Anna Chilsen Straub
An exploration of the Natuve American tribes of Wisconsin from prehistoric times to the 20th century. 


The Fur Trade in the Upper Great Lakes

Presenter: Anna Chilsen Straub
A look at the fur trade operation in Wisconsin and on Lake Superior. 


The Yawkey Family: The Early Years

Presenter: Anna Chilsen Straub
A history of the Cyrus C. Yawkey family from their time in Hazelhurst to their impact on Marathon County's economy. 


The Teddy Bear: A Classic American Toy

Presenter: Anna Chilsen Straub
An examination of he origins of the Teddy Bear in the early 20th century as a popular Edwardian childs toy. Audience is encouraged to bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal to presentation. 


Apron Strings

Presenter: Anna Chilsen Straub
A history of aprons and the purpose they served in our local society.


History of Health Care in Marathon County

Presenter: Gary Gisselman
A program detailing important people and places of Marathon County involved in the county's medical history