September 6, 2022
Over the summer, we at the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) have been working on getting our collection of local high school yearbooks uploaded to the Central Wisconsin Digitization Project website. With help from Andi Coffin and WiLS, the first batch of yearbooks is now up on the website and available for viewing here.
Our team began with our oldest yearbooks from Wausau High School, scanning and uploading almost all of the yearbooks from Wausau High School and Wausau East High School through the year 2000. When browsing, you may notice a few missing yearbooks - that's because we don't own a copy and no one has donated their copy to us to add to our collection. If you'd like to help us complete our collection, see a list of the yearbooks we're still looking for here. To donate a copy, call us at 715-261-7230.
Making these yearbooks available online helps preserve local history. These yearbooks aren’t just fun to flip through looking for your relatives; they also contain many historical pictures of the area, including a beautiful black and white picture of the old 11th Avenue bridge (aka Snake Bridge) with Rib Mountain in the background, looking very different than what we see today. These are also great resources for genealogists. These can help identify family members, old connections and others that can help fill out family trees.
But this is only the first step in a long process. The library holds a number of interesting and useful documents, including genealogies and oral histories. This fall, we will be looking for volunteers to help scan pages from our collection of oral histories. We are excited to get this collection up on our website, as it contains many interviews about historic Wausau. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out a volunteer application here.
As we move forward through the fall, Wausau West High School and D.C. Everest High School yearbooks (up to the year 2000) will also be added to the digital collection. We are very excited to offer these resources to our patrons!
image credit: Central Wisconsin Digitization Project