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Weekly History Chats continue online

History Chats continue, with new topics announced by the Marathon County Historical Society.

Ben Clark and Gary Gisselman host these chats every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. on different chapters of history from across Marathon County. They are presented in conjunction with the Marathon County Public Library.

Each session begins with a short presentation (10-15 minutes) followed by answers to audience questions. History Chats are streamed live on the Historical Society’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, and are archived for later viewing at the same places.

Upcoming dates and topics are: People You Should Know

_ Nov. 12: Father Daniels of Marathon City

_ Nov. 19: George Cook of Unity

_ No History Chat on Nov. 26 due to Thanksgiving

_ Dec. 3: The Honorable Louis Marchetti

_ Dec. 10: Councilwoman Helen Ohm _ Dec. 17: Ollie Bache-Wiig

_ Dec. 24: Santa Claus Visits Marathon County For more information, call the Marathon County Historical Society at 715-842-5750 and leave a message, or email us at

The Historical Society is grateful to Janke Book Store and to Compass Properties for their sponsorship of the History Speaks/Chats series.

The mission of the Marathon County Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and exhibit materials related to the history of Marathon County, and to use these materials to help people learn about North Central Wisconsin, connect with their roots, and explore their own historical connections.

While making plans for safely reopening the Woodson History Center and the Yawkey House Museum, the Historical Society is responding to the need to develop virtual materials that make local history accessible in new ways to an online audience.

Visit to explore the society’s digital database, watch videos about a wide range of historical topics, and visit the museum’s online exhibits.