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May 2019

Manitowish Waters Historical Socety Board Meeting

May 15 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Koller Library, 5761 US-51
Manitowish Waters, Wi 54545
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Please join the MWHS board in the discussion of activites supporting historic preservation.

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Celebrating Manitowish Waters Leaders of Historic Preservation and Exploring Manitowish Waters’ Earliest Pioneers

May 22 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
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Join us in honoring the men and women who have preserved the history of Manitowish Waters, and explore the town’s earliest pioneers. The community members honored will be inducted into the Manitowish Waters Leaders of Historic Preservation.  Following the awards, local historians Ruth Gardner and Jim Bokern will share newly discovered research regarding Manitowish Water's earliest pioneers and their stories.   The evening includes a reception with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.  The evening is sponsored by the North Lakeland Discovery Center…

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June 2019

Dillinger Pontoon Tour

June 15 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
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                                                                                            Saturday, 9:30am-12pm and 1:15-3:45pm; Included lunch at Little Bohemia from 12-1pm for both tours. What were John Dillinger and his gang really like and what is the “behind the scenes” story of their weekend…

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Manitowish Waters Historic Mysteries

June 22 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Koller Library, 5761 US-51
Manitowish Waters, Wi 54545

Come and explore historic mysteries of Manitowish Waters at a free presentation on June 22nd at Koller Library, from 9:30 am to 11:00 am.  Enjoy an updated presentation revealing unsolved historic questions regarding Benson, Sturgeon, Vance, and Rest lakes. New and detailed 19th and early 20th century government documents, images, articles and maps will be incorporated to illustrate our area’s early history.

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Fun Night of MW History-sponsored by the Mantiowish Waters Historical Society

June 27 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
White Oak of Chippewa Retreat, 13029 Deer Park Road
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545

Join the Manitowish Waters Historical Society for a fun night of celebrating our community’s history, on June 27th starting at 5:00 pm.  Relax in the White Oak room at Chippewa Retreat with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, while enjoying the company of new and old friends.   A cash bar will provide drinks and cocktails.  After socializing, the group will gather for brief presentations, and two rounds of Jeopardy based on MW history. Please join us for what promises to be one of…

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Discover Historic Traditions and Mysteries of Alder and Wild Rice Lakes by Water

June 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
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$30 – $35

                                                               Join Kay Krans and Jim Bokern on a two hour pontoon tour of Alder and Wild Rice Lakes. This trip will depart from Alder Lake and explore the rich histories of these lakes with a wealth of historic images.  Discover the Native American trail networks, unique canal systems that…

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July 2019

Dillinger Pontoon Tour

July 6 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
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                                                                        Saturday, 9:30am-12pm and 1:15-3:45pm; Included lunch at Little Bohemia from 12-1pm for both tours. What were John Dillinger and his gang really like and what is the “behind the scenes” story of their weekend in Manitowish Waters?  Enjoy the rich histories of Manitowish Waters…

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Logging Impacts on the Manitowish Waters Area and Land Policies

July 6 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Koller Library, 5761 US-51
Manitowish Waters, Wi 54545
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Join us for a free presentation on the logging era. Manitowish Waters was swept-up in the national push for aggressive 19th century logging and land speculation. Learn how river drive logging for pineries, transition into railroad logging for hardwoods and finally led to more modern logging using trucks and tractors. Importantly, logging defined much of the early development of our community and created challenges for early pioneers seeking homesteads and building businesses.  Historic maps, journals, articles and pictures will be shared…

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Exploring Rest Lake’s Amazing History by Pontoon Boat

July 12 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
$30 – $35

                                                                                   Join Kay Krans and Jim Bokern on a two hour pontoon tour of Rest Lake, which will depart from Rest Lake Park.  Discover the Native American cultural networks, logging camps, railroad landing, one of the state’s earliest forest ranger…

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Railroads and Early Commerce Impacting Manitowish Waters

July 13 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Koller Library, 5761 US-51
Manitowish Waters, Wi 54545
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Join us for a free presentation on how railroads influenced Manitowish Waters.  In the late 1880’s, railroads created new and competing communities in the northwoods that dominated regional commerce.  Railroad access to the Manitowish Waters Chain was always limited, lagging compared to other regional communities; but local loggers, resorts, guides and businesses adapted to these challenges. By 1905, the Manitowish Waters chain was accessed by two competing railroads seeking to access the last tracts of virgin timber and support the growing…

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