WAUSAU – The Marathon County Historical Society will present “The Fromms and Their Fur Farm” as its next History Speaks topic at 2 pm Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe St., Wausau. Archivist Ben Clark will outline the history of the remarkable Fromm family and their lasting impact on the world of fur farming and fashion.

The program will trace the rise and fall of the Fromm Brothers’ empire, built on their trademark bright silver fox fur. From the origins of their farm in Hamburg through their successes and failures; learn how the Fromms influenced the fur and fashion industries of the early 20th century and became one of the iconic success stories of Marathon County.

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 visiting our free exhibit halls. 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. Pieces of the Past: Quilts Tell a Story features 15 antique quilts with local ties that highlight friendships, compassion, economy, creativity and artistry of women whose stories might otherwise go untold.

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

History Speaks: The Fromms and Their Fur Farm

2 pm Saturday, April 22, 2017

Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe Street, Wausau

Free, no reservations required

The Marathon County Historical Society operates the Woodson History Center and the Yawkey House Museum. Our mission is to collect, preserve and disseminate the knowledge of the history of Marathon County and Wisconsin. We currently have the restored Yawkey House, the Yawkey House gardens, two exhibits, and a research library open for the public to explore.

Updates and event schedules are always available on our website at marathoncountyhistory.com, as well as on Facebook at facebook.com/marathoncountyhistory and Twitter at twitter.com/marathoncohstry. Our Facebook page is also the site of many lively discussions, and historic photos from our collections are posted regularly.

Marathon County Historical Society is supported in part by City of Wausau Room Tax Funding. Additional support provided through the B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation.