Historic Sites & Museums

ARVID E. MILLER MEMORIAL LIBRARY MUSEUM OF THE MOHICAN NATION

The archives of Mohican History are available for study and research. Displays depict Mohican life from pre-European times through the tribe's migration to Wisconsin. 4 miles east of Bowler, N8510 Moh He Con Nuck Rd. Open Mon.-Fri. 8am-4:30pm. Weekends by appointment. 715/793-4270. www.mohican-nsn.gov

BONDUEL COMMUNITY ARCHIVES

A collection of pictures, papers and information about the early settlers, their farms, and businesses in the Bonduel, Cecil, and Navarino areas. Archival work is also done for family genealogy research. 108 S. First Street, Bonduel. Open Wed. 9am-5pm and Sat. 9am-4pm. 715/758-2687

BOWLER AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The former St. Mathews Lutheran Church built in 1914 is now a museum. The Society is dedicated to preserving, presenting, and promoting the history of the Bowler area. 104 Main Street, Bowler. Open during special events.

DOC'S CLASSIC CAR & CYCLE MUSEUM

Cool muscle cars, old cycles and lots of old automotive-related signs and antiques can be seen. While visiting you may see potbelly pigs, buffalo, tortoises or alligators. Located inside Doc's Harley-Davidson of Shawano Co. Inc., W2709 State Highway 29, Bonduel. 715/758-9080. www.docshd.com

ELAND RAILROAD DEPOT

Is under restoration by the Eland Area Historical Society for their railroad memorabilia collection. Eland: intersection of Mountain Bay and WIOUWASH bicycle trails, Eland. 715/848-5799

FAMILY HISTORY CENTER

Housed in the educational wing of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Center is linked to the family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT. Open to the public, services free of charge. Volunteer staff assists with research. 910 E. Zingler Ave., Shawano. Open Tue., Thu., Sat. 9am-4pm. 715/526-2946

FROM THE PINERIES TO THE PRESENT

An active tourism organization which sponsors a brochure of walking and driving tours of historic sites in Shawano and Menominee Counties. Ask for your copy at the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce office.

GRESHAM DEPOT MUSEUM

A former railroad depot with telegrapher's equipment, railroad lanterns, timetables, freight wagon and other railroad memorabilia. Operated by the Gresham Women's Club. Main St., Gresham. Open Sat., 1:30-4pm. June-Aug. 715/787-3271

MENOMINEE LOGGING CAMP MUSEUM

The museum holds the largest collection of logging artifacts in the world. Each building holds thousands of artifacts. Visitors will see a bunkhouse, cook shanty, camp office, wood butcher's shop, saw filer's shack, blacksmith shop, horse barn, scoop cedar roof shed, Bateaux vessel used for log drives and an authentic "1911" steam driven locomotive engine. You can experience this guided tour one mile north of Keshena, CTH VV just off Hwy. 47. Open May through October, Mon.-Fri. and weekends by appointment. Rates: $10 for adults, $7 age 62 & over, $5 children 10-15 years. Group rates are available. 715/799-3757 www.menominee.nsn.gov

THE MOOSEYARD

In the summer of 1886, Mr. Wilke's mule "Moose" was accused of jumping a 6' fence into the neighbor's garden to eat the vegetables, and then jumping back over. The phrase "Moose is in his yard" shortened to "Mooseyard" and to this day refers to the area on the north shore of Shawano Lake.

NUESKE'S DISTRICT #3 ANTIQUE SHOPPE

This was built as a schoolhouse in 1870's and later converted into a village hall and a marshal's office in the early 1900's. The bell tower houses the Fire Department's brass bell cast in 1908. Original coldrolled steel jail cells, from its use as a marshal's office, still remain. Next to Nueske's Applewood Smoked Meats Retail Store Wittenberg. Open Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm. 715/253-4064, 800/451-3838

SHAWANO'S HERITAGE PARK

The site of Shawano County's first sawmill built in 1843. Five museums include the Kast House built on site in 1871, schoolhouse built in 1895, reconstructed 1800's log cabin, 1930's limestone building, and "Oil House" now an agricultural museum. Operated by the Shawano County Historical Society, 524 N. Franklin St., Shawano. (Located 1 block west and 2 blocks north of the court house) Museum open Thurs. 1:30-4:30 pm, Sat. 9:30 am-noon, or by appointment June, July and Aug. Archive Center open year round on Mon. and Thurs. 10 am-3 pm, 715/526-3323

SPIRIT OF SHAWANO MAIN STREET STATUES

In 1990, 21st Century Genetics (now CRI/Genex) donated the first Spirit of Shawano Sculpture depicting the dairy industry at the corner of Main and Green Bay Streets in Shawano to commemorate their 50th anniversary. Weber Veneer & Plywood, Timbco, Shawano Paper Mill and Tigerton Lumber Company donated the second sculpture to depict the history and importance of logging in the area. Sculpted by Lyndon Pomeroy of Billings, Montana, the statues remind us of our heritage and represent accomplishments made through dedication and hard work.

SUNDROP UNIVERSITY MUSEUM & GIFT SHOP

Located at 920 South Franklin St. in Shawano, WI., a unique and fun-filled attraction awaits! View Sundrop memorabilia, videos and experience fun interactive displays. Learn the history of Sun Drop, watch movies on the history of Twig's,view the bottling process, and most importantly, sample their sodas! Open during the summer (June - August) Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Winter (Sept. - May), Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday.

TIGERTON HISTORICAL PARK

Four historic buildings represent important institutions of pioneer life in the Tigerton area. The park is located at the corner of Chestnut St. and Swanke St., Tigerton. Open 1-4 pm, third Sunday of the month, June, July, and Sept., also the Sundays before Memorial Day and Labor Day and during Lumber Jack Days in August. 715/535-2110

WITTENBERG MUSEUM

The museum is operated by the Wittenberg Area Historical Society in the old German Lutheran Parochial schoolhouse. "Centers of Town" a new exhibit created in 2009 partially funded by the Wisconsin Humanities Council, focuses on 3 sites—Washington Park, corner of Webb and Vinal, and the basements of churches—as 3 important gathering places for the community during the period of 1900 to 1950. Other displays include American Indian artifacts; parlor, kitchen, and country store settings, as well as a large collection of vintage photographs of Wittenberg and the surrounding area. Maps are available for a self-guided tour of homes, churches and businesses in Historic Wittenberg as well as the mural tour maps of the Walls of Wittenberg, Inc. Located at the corner of Vinal St. and Summit St. in Wittenberg. Open Sundays, Memorial Day to Labor Day, 1:30-4 pm. 715/253-3791.

Shawano and Menominee counties are partners in the Wisconsin Heritage Tourism Project, From the Pineries to the Present. Museums located throughout the area are devoted to keeping alive Native American, pioneer, lumbering, and agricultural histories.

The Heritage Tourism council has placed interpretive signs at many of the historic sites and maps with four self-guided auto tours are available. Maps and more information can be obtained at the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce.

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