Caroline Mark

WAUSAU — The name Caroline S. Mark is exhibited in several places around the Wausau area, including the Wausau Conservatory of Music, the Boys & Girls Club and the Center for the Visual Arts. But have you ever asked yourself who she is and why is her name displayed so proudly?

An event to honor Caroline Mark’s legacy will be held on Sept. 30, just three days after the 100th anniversary of her birth. “Making a Mark on Wausau” will be presented by the Wausau Conservatory of Music and the Marathon County Historical Society.

The afternoon will begin with storytelling from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. by a costumed re-enactor near Caroline’s mausoleum at Pine Grove Cemetery, along Grand Avenue in Wausau.

The day’s events will continue at the Wausau Conservatory of Music, 404 Seymour St., for a Faculty Artist Gala at 4 p.m., followed by a birthday cake reception. Performing artists include Ann Applegate, Lily Brissman, Bette Close, Judith Durocher Sidlowski, Michael Fischer, John Greiner, Kirsten Hornby, Ann Johnson, Patrick Langer, Barbara Lattimer, Kathleen Paramore, Rochelle Pearson, Jacob Roseman and Angela Sedrak, all teaching faculty at the Conservatory.

In addition to honoring Mark, this event will encourage people to think about their own generosity, whether a person has money to donate or time to commit. Caroline left her mark on Wausau by supporting youth and the arts.

There is no admission fee for either the cemetery stories or for the concert and reception, however, donations are appreciated. Advance registration is not required.

For more information, call the Marathon County Historical Society at 715-842-5750 or the Wausau Conservatory of Music at 715-845-6279.