following is a list of local LIBRARIES and ARCHIVES that will assist
you in your research. If you are coming to the Shawano area
specifically to visit a library or archive, do call ahead first to
make sure the hours I have listed are correct. Definite MUST
VISITS are the Shawano Family History Center, the Bonduel Community
Archive and the Shawano County Courthouse. And if you have
extra time, the Cofrin Library at UWGB is worth the extra mileage as
they have some very unique holdings.
Area Research Center University of Wisconsin - Green
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
Debra Anderson 920-465-2539
Naturalization papers from Shawano county;
History of the county and Northeastern WI;
Some school censuses, population censuses;
(Note: A file card index of Shawano naturalization
papers kept at the Area Research Center in Green Bay is also kept at
the Shawano Latter Day Saints Family History Center.)
Tigerton Branch Library
P O Box 166
Tigerton WI 54486-0166
Peggy Slicer, Librarian
Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Friday 2:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturday 2:00 -5:00 p.m.
Birnamwood Branch Library
337 S. Main
Birnamwood WI 54414-9259
Karen Dickman, Librarian
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Saturday 9-12 p.m.
Bonduel Community Archives
108 S. First St.
P. O. Box 205
Bonduel, WI 54107
Currently open Wednesday 9-5 & Saturday 9-4
Serving: Advance, Bonduel, Briarton, Cecil,
Landstad, Navarino, Slab City, Zachow and surrounding areas.
Some information from brochure:
The Bonduel Community Archives is an affiliated member of the
Wisconsin Historical Society. The Bonduel Community Archives
receives collections from the public; serves as a historical and
genealogy research library; provides perpetual care of the
collection to safeguard its condition and availability to the
public; assists the public to record information of historical
value; and helps interpret historical information.
Notable references at the archives: Many
cemetery listings and church records from the area. Has many of the
local newspapers of the Bonduel Times from 1909. (Note: the Bonduel
Public Library has the Bonduel Times on microfilm.) Family history
resources include: a collection of obituaries and wedding
announcements from the present newspapers and copies of family
scrapbooks submitted to the archives. News clippings are sorted and
filed by family name. The archives is collecting photographs of the
area's first settlers and their families.
Bonduel Branch Library
117 1/2 W. Green Bay
P O Box 687
Bonduel WI 54107-0687
Carol Luepke, Librarian
Monday, Wednesday 3-7
Tuesday, Thursday 9-2 & 5:30-7
Monday, Wednesday 3-7
Tuesday, Thursday 9-2 Saturday 9-12
Local newspaper on microfilm.
- County Public Library
128 S Sawyer St
Shawano, WI 54166
Their web page can be accessed at this address
www.nfls.lib.wi.us/sha/. From here you can enter Newcat which is
their card catalog. They have access to quite a few libraries and if
you can't find an item in their system we can order from outside the
|Mon & Wed
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Library has a reference room called the Wisconsin Room. It has a
collection of newspapers on microfilm along with books and pamphlets
regarding the county's history. And we have a new "Kindred Spirit"
there, working at the library --
Mikki emailed me the
- PAMPHLET FILES: Includes articles from
local newspaper arranged by topic; Personalities, awards,
happenings in townships in Shawano county, churches, etc.
- OLD CHURCH DIRECTORIES: From the 1940's,
- PLAT BOOKS: Included in our pamphlet area,
we have plat books for the following years: 1958, 1960, 1966,
1968, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1990,
1992, 1995. There were 2 with no date. One looks to be around the
mid 50's the other maybe early 60's.
- SHAWANO CITY DIRECTORIES: For the following
years: 1950, 1955, 1962, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1974-77, 1980-82,
1984-89, 1993, 1995, 2001 and 1 lonely one from Clintonville 1947.
- SCHOOL ANNUALS: We also have annuals from
the Shawano High School called the "Shawnee" for the years 1909,
1921-69, 1972-74, 1976, 1989-91, 1994, 1996. Annuals from Gresham
High School called the "Reporter" for the years 1956, 1957,
1959-62, 1967, 1968, 1973, 1974, 1984, 1988-94, 1996, 2001.
Annuals from the Menominee High School called "Warrior Memories"
1964-68. A 1972 annual from Plattville University called
"Coppertop". Stevens Point University annual called "Iris" from
1968-70. "The Badger" for 1921-24, the 1932 edition was Famous
Badgers of Wisconsin, 1946, 1961-64.
We have a microfilm machine and the following things are available:
- U.S. CENSUS FOR SHAWANO COUNTY for the years
1840, 1870, 1880, 1890 (union veterans and widows of union
veterans of Wis.), 1900, 1910, 1920.
- WIS. STATE CENSUS for 1855 (St. Croix-
Winnebago), 1875 (St. Croix - Wood), 1855 (St. Croix-Walworth),
1895 (Racine- Trempealeau), 1905 (Sauk-Sheboygan)
The following newspapers are also available on
- Shawano County Advocate Dec. 8,1881 - Aug.
- Volksbote Wochenblatt Nov. 12, 1897 - Jan.
- Shawano Evening Leader Aug. 22, 1934 - Dec.
1997 we will continue to get this newspaper on film as it is made.
- Shawano County Journal July 30, 1859 -
1898 Feb. 1, 1906 - Aug. 1951
The "Wisconsin Room" may be typical of any in
Wisconsin libraries, at least the smaller ones. There are books
about the history of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Blue book back to the
late 1800's, Wisconsin census enumeration for 1895 part 3 and 1905
part 3. There are Centennials from Shawano and some books written by
local historians as well. There are quite a few family histories
available as well as books to help you learn how to do your
research. We can order microfilm as well.
Thanks, Mikki, for updating our site! Mikki also says that she is
able to do LIMITED look-ups in reference books, etc. at the
library. Let's not overwhelm our latest "kindred spirit" -- please
limit your requests to one per email and also be specific as to what
you want looked-up and in which book...and Mom's Rule #1 applies
here! (Always say thank-you!)
Menominee Tribal County Library
Keshena, WI 54135
Tigerton Village Hall
221 Birch Street
Tigerton, WI 54486
Shawano County Courthouse
Register of Deeds
311 N Main
Shawano, WI 54166
Vital records housed. Note this courthouse has the pre-1907 original
birth, marriage, and death records. Notable fact: some vital records
were never recorded at the courthouse, but were recorded at the
Shawano City Hall.
City of Shawano
213 E Green Bay St
Shawano, WI 54166
Note: A complete index of the records contained at City Hall is also
available at the Shawano Latter Day Saints Family History Center.
Shawano County Historical Society
Heritage Park Museum
724 N. Franklin Street (North end)
Shawano, WI 54166
Phone (715) 526-3536
Tours: June to September 1,
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday,
1:30 – 4:30PM. Last tour at 4:00.
For special tours contact:
Chamber of Commerce, 715-524-2139
Or Marianne Phalen, 526-4770 (home)
Visit Heritage Park Museum and relive the "good ole days." The six
buildings of the museum compound and their exhibits bring to life
the history of immigrants, lumberjacks and early farmers who settled
this area of Wisconsin. Sunset Island, located in the Shawano Lake
Outlet Channel, adjacent to Heritage Park, has a shelter and picnic
tables. Tours begin at the Registration Center which has displays
of children's pictures, depicting the fashions worn by children of
early pioneer families, and a collection of early Main Street
pictures. Tours continue through the vintage John Kast home of
1871, to view its late 19th century furnishings; a One-Room Country
School; a restored pioneer log cabin; a dairy building with Shawano
County cheese-making equipment; and, across the lane, a stone
building with collections of turn-of-the-century hardware, logging
and maple syrup equipment plus other vintage items.
Stockbridge-Munsee Historical Library,
Museum of the Mohican Nation
N8510 Moh He Con Nuck Road
Bowler, WI 54416
The "People From Where the Waters Are Never Still" have an
illustrious history. The museum offers archives for study and
research. The collection is arranged by era and is the most complete
collection of information about the Mohican People. Located four
miles east of Bowler. Open Monday - Friday, 8-4:30.
Shawano Family History Center
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
910 E Zinger Ave
Shawano, WI 54166
Summer Hours Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 9-4
Excellent reference collection of local Shawano County ancestors
research information. File card indexes of: Federal Census records
thru 1910; Vital records housed at Shawano City Hall;
Naturalization papers housed at Green Bay Area Research Center; Some
vital records housed at Shawano County Courthouse; Cemetery
inscriptions from local cemeteries. An almost complete collection
of obituary clippings from local Shawano newspaper. Book library of
local history reference books. Also has a file cabinet of local
ancestors family group sheets, and donated family histories.
PHONE: 715-526-2946 DURING OPEN HOURS
Diocese of Green Bay
1910 South Webster Ave.
P.O. Box 23066
Green Bay, Wi. 54305-3066
920-435-4406 ext. 8186 Fax 920-435-1330.
Catholic church records for Northeastern Wisconsin
are on micro-fiche. There are also books and genealogies in a
small library attached to the archive. In an email from Kris, I
was told they have hired a new archivist and are filling back
research requests. They will again be open for researchers to
Ella Kaster has retired after many years of EXCELLENT service.)
Wittenberg Area Historical Society and Museum
Former St. Paul Lutheran Church Parochial School
Wittenberg, WI 54499
Wittenberg Branch Library
803 Cherry Street
P O Box 295
Wittenberg WI 54499-0295
Arlene Newcomb, Librarian
311 Slate Av
P O Box 266
Mattoon WI 54450-0266
Joyce Reichert, Librarian
Tuesday, Thursday 10-5
Tigerton Area Historical Society
Corner of Swanke & Chestnut Streets, Tigerton
Open June-Sept, 3rd Sunday of the month; Memorial Day Sunday,
and July 4th weekend
Sunday. Also open Lumberjack Days, Sat & Sun, 1-5pm; for special
town events; and by request for civic and cultural groups.
Original Town of Fairbanks Town Hall
Pioneer Log Cabin
Eland Area Historical Society
P.O. Box 27
Eland, WI, 54427
Phone: (715) 253-6040
Marion Area Historical Society
P.O. Box 321
Marion, WI, 54950
Contact Bruce Hofman
Open May-Sept, 2 Sundays each month, 1-4pm.
Special tours available.
Northwestern Railroad Depot Museum and Log Cabin
East Ramsdell Street, near the athletic fields.
Pulaski Area Historical Society
129 West Pulaski Street
P. O. Box 944
Pulaski, WI, 54162
Phone: (920) 822-5856,
Open 2nd Sunday of the month, June-Aug, 1-3pm.
Also by appointment, Sept-May.
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