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The MCPL Blog: History

Let MCPL Help with History Day!

November 25, 2017

Each fall, eighth grade students from the D.C. Everest School District take part in National History Day. Held annually, students around the country will conduct their own research into topics related to an overarching National History Day theme. After months of research, the students write a paper and present their final projects to school staff and the public. Winning projects are then recognized at the school's History Day Award Ceremony.  This year's National History Day theme is "Taking a Stand in History." Inevitably, many students participating in National History Day visit their location Marathon County Public Library location to conduct their research and to acquire various published written...

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The Last Call: Prohibition in Marathon County!

July 1, 2013

From 1920 to 1933, the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcohol were forbidden by law in the United States. Despite this, the public’s thirst for ‘demon rum’ continued and organized crime stepped in to meet the demand. Thanks to Illegal distilleries, smuggled shipments of alcohol and local moonshiners, alcohol continued to flow despite the best efforts of law enforcement. And what was the Marathon County experience during Prohibition? On Tuesday, July 16th, Gary Gisselman, librarian at the Marathon County Historical Society, will present THE LAST CALL, PROHIBITION IN MARATHON COUNTY, a program detailing how Marathon County residents weathered Prohibition. Did Marathon County obey the law of the land...


Wisconsin Holocaust Survivors

January 21, 2010

Interviews with 22 survivors of the Nazi Holocaust who settled in Wisconsin have just been published online by the Wisconsin Historical Society.  Thirty years ago, Society staff interviewed 22 survivors and two American eyewitnesses, yielding 160 hours of tape recordings and more than 3,000 pages of transcripts. These have now been published in their entirety at Users can stream the recordings while reading along or download the audio (mp3) and text (pdf) for later use. A search engine leads to anecdotes about specific topics, places, people, and events. Nearly 200 photographs are included.  Dozens of short excerpts are organized under headings...