The Manitowish Waters Historical Society looks forward to a busy 2018. We have a variety of events and projects planned that both preserve and showcases our rich history. The Manitowish Waters Historical Society is an affiliated member of the Wisconsin Historical Society and enjoying the support of a large network of historical societies. Additionally, the Manitowish Waters Historical Society has 501c3 status from the IRS and can offer members and supporters the same benefits as other nonprofit groups.
In collaboration with numerous community groups the Manitowish Waters Historical Society is co-sponsoring “The History of Charles W. Nash & Nash Motors…” on June 22nd at Camp Jorn. We are also partnering with archaeologists Mark Bruhy and Katie-Egan-Bruhy to share prehistoric insights in a presentation at the Discovery Center on August 16th. The MWHS is also going to launch a recognition programs Manitowish Waters historians. For many decades several Manitowish Waters residents have chronicled our history and have made enormous contributions preserving critical resources and stories. We now celebrate these historians by formally recognizing their contributions and legacy annually as “Leaders of Historic Preservation”. This event will take place at the NLDC on May 16. Celebrating the work of early Manitowish Waters Historians will be a focus of 2018.
This year, the historical society has begun to archive our documents using PastPerfect archival software that can be linked to our web page. PastPerfect has an online component that allows community members easy access to historic resources. Importantly, the MWHS webpage has been redesigned to add more documentation and new narratives, illustrated with images from the past for all to enjoy. We are also continuing the tradition of gathering important historic information from our longtime residents, we have sponsored historic gatherings with select Manitowish Water’s residents. Using the 1937 aerial photos from the state as a baseline of information, longtime residents and help locate key businesses and residences to create a permanent record for future generations. We also continue to long term documentation of oral histories from community members to capture our heritage.
We are continuing several community outreach activities that have received positive reviews. Collaborating with the chamber of commerce the MWHS continue the “Historic Mysteries of Manitowish Waters” series using the popular Chamber After 5 venue on September 5th. This year, the presentations will be reviewing Manitowish, Little Star and Spider Lakes mysteries. At the 4th of July and Cran-a-rama events the historical society will continue to have booths selling unique maps and post cards of the Manitowish Waters area.