History in the Outdoors

This summer the Historical Society (ERHS) is moving the Summer Series outdoors – and the topics match the venue. Join the Society on the lawn of the Historical Museum for a series of five events that are not only held out of doors but feature activities and history in our Northwoods environment.

July 1 - The Society partners with Great Headwaters Trails (GHT) to present “How Wisconsin Became a Great Bike State”. After an introduction to our state’s biking past, GHT will present our local trails – off road and family friendly – along with free trail maps and an overview of their features. Wisconsin combines a great biking history with a multitude of contemporary trails.

July 15 – Learn about the area’s abundance of walking and hiking trails and the hidden treasures to be found along the route. Bill Reardon, former forester and avocational archaeologist, will guide us as we explore local trails and the history they offer. There will be a take away packet of trail maps and locations for every attendee.

July 29 - Master Gardener Alice Pride Kramer will discuss the challenges of Northwoods gardening with a look back at our area’s early residents and our history of subsistence gardening and food preserving. There will be a handout of practical tips and some vintage recipes.

August 5 – Lauren Drapes will be your guide to historic and rustic roads to drive in our locale. Along with route maps you get some of the fascinating history about what happened along the way any the reason some were built at all.

August 12 – Susan Wilkinson will give a virtual tour of the historic Eagle River downtown as it was in 1894. You’ll leave with not only a fuller appreciation of the rowdy Northwoods of logging days but your personal copy of our self guided tour map and booklet to 1894.

All programs are free to the public, although your donations are most welcome. Please bring a lawn chair if possible. There will be a limited number of folding chairs available also. Each presentation begins at 2:00 and will last about one hour. Rain days will be for the following day if weather permits. Otherwise there will be an announcement of rescheduling.

All programs are made possible by the support of the Kohler Foundation.