WAUSAU – The Marathon County Historical Society will present “Rural Electrification in Central Wisconsin,” another topic in our History Speaks series, at 2 pm Sunday, April 30, 2017, at the Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe St., Wausau. Gary Gisselman will discuss the many ways rural life changed as electricity moved onto the farm.

Federal and state advancements brought electricity to the rural areas of central Wisconsin in the first half of the 20th century, forever changing the way people lived and worked. Gary Gisselman will trace the developments that opened the way for electrification outside the cities.

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

History Speaks: Rural Electrification in Central Wisconsin

2 pm Sunday, April 30, 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.