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August 2020

Cancelled due To Covid-19 Precautions Northwoods canals linking Manitowish Waters and Lac Du Flambeau

August 1, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Koller Library, 5761 US-51
Manitowish Waters, Wi 54545

                                                                        Discover one of the most unique fishing legacies in all of the Northwoods. Jim Bokern will share a detailed presentation regarding Richard Southgate’s “one-of-a-kind” fisherman’s paradise. Creating an ambitious estate for fishing, using canals and the Chicago North Western Railroad for access, Southgate fashioned…

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Cancelled due To Covid-19 Precautions Wisconsin’s Early Forest Rangers

August 8, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Koller Library, 5761 US-51
Manitowish Waters, Wi 54545

                                                                                    Rest Lake was the site of one of the first four ranger stations and watch towers in the state of Wisconsin. The home to ranger Krueger in 1911-12, Rest Lake ranger station (Angler's Restaurant) symbolizes some of the…

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September 2020

Cancelled due To Covid-19 Precautions Exploring Manitowish Waters Mysteries-Chamber After 5

September 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Ye Olde Shillelagh, 4202 Tower Rd
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
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Come and explore historic mysteries in Manitowish Waters. 2020 marks the fifth of several presentations detailing 19th and early 20th century mysteries on area lakes and the Manitowish Chain. The 2020 presentation will reveal unsolved historic questions on Fawn, Stone, Ciricle Lily, Dog and Dead Pike lakes. For instance, recently discovered early 20th century images and maps illustrate how the railroad networks around these lakes impacted both logging and tourism.  Also, multiple turn of the century articles suggest that the…

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November 2020

Cancelled due To Covid-19 Precautions Van Tour and Hikes of Logging Camps and a Local CCC Camp

November 7, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
$30 – $35

                                                                                      Join local historian Jim Bokern from the Manitowish Waters Historical Society and a Discovery Center Naturalist on two historical hikes exploring Vance Lake, the Manitowish River and the administrative CCC Camp known as Camp Mercer. We will…

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December 2020

Manitowish Waters Historical Society Annual Meeting and Board Meeting

December 9, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Manitowish Waters Town Hall, 5733 Airport Rd
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545

Please join us at the town hall on Wednesday, December 9 at 4:00 PM for both our MWHS Annual Meeting and December board meeting. Agendas are available by request or at the meeting.  Please plan to observe COVID 19 precautions if attending.

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MW Historic Hike and Pub Crawl

December 28, 2020 @ 12:00 am

Learn about MW history and our social establishments as we hike at a leisurely pace on area trails. Using tour guide headsets participants can easily hear and learn from MWHS guides. Trail discussions will include geology, prehistoric, Ojibwa culture, logging, early resorts, guides, Rest Lake Ranger station and more. We will stop in to several local establishments for refreshments and amazing stories about our past. the routes is 4.5 miles and mostly along existing trails.

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January 2021

Manitowish Waters Board Meeting

January 13 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Manitowish Waters Town Hall, 5733 Airport Rd
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545

Join the Manitowish Waters Historical Society board at the town hall for our monthly meeting. Agendas available on site and by request. Social distancing required.

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Snowshoe Hike With History

January 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
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$10 – $15

Join local historian Jim Bokern and a Discovery Center Naturalist on a fascinating hike through history in the Toy Lake Swamp State Natural Area. We will explore the lives of the people that lived in this area over a century ago and walk in their footsteps. This is an off-trail, moderately strenuous snowshoe hike. Space is limited. Registration is required by January 14. Saturday, 1 - 4 PM. $15 ($10 members of NLDC or MWHS). **Please bring a facial covering…

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February 2021

Logging Impacts on the Manitowish Waters Area and Land Policies

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZOOM Manitowish Waters, Wi 54545 + Google Map

Join us for a free ZOOM 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…

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Snowshoe Hike With History

February 13 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
North Lakeland Discovery Center, 14006 Discovery Lane
MANITOWISH WTRS, Wisconsin 54545
$10 – $15

Join local historian Jim Bokern and a Discovery Center Naturalist on a fascinating hike through history in the Toy Lake Swamp State Natural Area. We will explore the lives of the people that lived in this area over a century ago and walk in their footsteps. This is an off-trail, moderately strenuous snowshoe hike. Space is limited. Registration is required by January 14. Saturday, 1 - 4 PM. $15 ($10 members of NLDC or MWHS). **Please bring a facial covering…

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