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History Speaks event to cover Marathon County schools

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WAUSAU — Schools were started soon after white settlers arrived in central Wisconsin. Research librarian Gary Gisselman will discuss “Early Schools in Marathon County,” another topic in the Marathon County Historical Society’s History
Speaks series, at 2 p.m. March 15 at the Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe St., Wausau.

Photo courtesy Marathon County Historical Society.

Schools came early in the history of Marathon County. One-room schools, parochial and early school houses throughout the area all represented the great desire to provide an education to young people of the county.

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

Visitors might also enjoy a guided tour of the Yawkey House Museum, or visiting its 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, call the Marathon County Historical Society at 715-842-5750.

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