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The Oral History Display highlights oral interviews of area pioneers who have fun and interesting knowledge or first-hand experience with early events in our area. Early Logging, Early Railroading, Early Settling, The mob etc are examples.
These oral histories focus not just on events but the lives and values of the people who lived through them, the lessons learned, how these lessons and values served them as well as the importance of family-community roots. Knowing these key items helps the history come alive.
These oral interviews can be accessed on our touch screen display at the Winter Depot in Winter, Wisconsin. We originally wanted to post them online for all to see but security issues and the possibility of piracy concerns led to us only having them available at the Depot itself.
Our amazing team of regulars and part-time volunteers are committed to helping others. We take our convictions and turn them into action. Think you would be a good fit? Get in touch for more information!
Seeing a need for energetic, nonprofit work in this area, we formed our charitable organization to provide sensible solutions in the realm of welcoming visitors to our area, informing them about our history and values, fostering economic development and outdoor recreation while simultaneously protecting our diverse environment. Our area offers ample opportunity for fishing, boating, hiking, hunting, canoing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and motorized sports and it is heartening to witness the support that exists for protecting our valuable environment from visitors and locals alike. We've consistently grown since then, all thanks to the helping hands of this amazing community, our county board, the Wisconsin DNR, the Wisconsin DOT and local entrepreneurs. Our premiere project for the last 17 years has been to restore a 1905 CNW railroad depot into a visitor's welcoming center to promote all of these initiatives. This facility is opened in September of 2020.
We focus on making the maximum positive effort for our community. Our members and volunteers provide the momentum that helps us affect change. We focus on solutions that make a long-lasting difference, particularly in the areas of protecting our diverse ecosystems, fostering resource and economic development and educating visitors and locals alike regarding our generational values and how they have served us. Supporting good old fashioned fun events along or adjacent to the trail is one of our favorite things to do.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals. Your generous donation will fund our mission which is to preserve, protect and restore native ecosystems along the Tuscobia State Trail, Educate visitors regarding the flora and fauna and relatedness of species in various unique habitats, to Develop resources of various kinds along the trail and to procure funding to carry out these initiatives.
Read individual articles: From the Secretary, Letters to the Editor, Make the Pledge to Keep Wildlife wild, Maple Magic, Spring Showers Bring Wildflowers, Back to Boating, Turkey Troubles, Cleaner Air for Everyone, Get set for trapping in Wi, Kids corner, Culinary spotlight, Attack of the crayfish Invaders and more.
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We VALUE our Link Partners and are dedicated to promoting and helping them succeed. When they succeed, we all succeed.
Regional Link Partners
Supporting Each Other Helps us All
Winter Area Chamber of Commerce: winterwi.com, 715-266-2204, P.O. Box 245, Winter, Wi 54896, email@example.com, P.O. Box 245, Winter, WI 54896
Phillips Area Chamber of Commerce: phillipswisconsin.net, 715-339-4100, 305 S. Lake Ave, Phillips,
Greater Ladysmith Area Chamber of Commerce: ruskcountywi.com/greater-ladysmith-area-chamber-of-commerce/#, 715-532-7328, 205 W. 9th Street, Ladysmith, Wi 54845. https://ruskcountywi.com/greater-ladysmith-area-chamber-of-commerce firstname.lastname@example.org
Rusk County Tourism: 205 W. 9th Street, Ladysmith, Wi 54845 715-532-2642, email@example.com
Rice Lake Area Chamber of Commerce:
Birchwood Wi. Chamber of Commerce
Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce: visitashland.com, or chamberofcommerce.com/chambers/united-states/Wisconsin/Ashland, 715-682-2500, 1716 Lake Shore Drive W, Ashland, Wi 54806. superiorchamber.org https://www.facebook.com/ashlandwi/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center: nglvc.org, 29270 Co. Hwy G, Ashland, Wi 54806, 715-685-9983
Minocqua Arborvitae Woodruff Area Chamber of Commerce: Minocqua.org, 715-715-356-5266 or 800-44-NORTH (66784), 8216 Hwy 51 S., P.O. Box 1006, Minocqua, Wi 54548. https://www.minocqua.org email@example.com
Medford Area Chamber of Commerce: medford-chamber.org, 715-748-4729, 104 E. Perkins Street, Medford, Wi 54451, firstname.lastname@example.org
Washburn County Tourism Association: washburncounty.org, 715-635-9696, 122 N. River Street, Spooner, Wi 54801, Michele Martin, Executive Director. https://www.washburncounty.org email@example.com
Rhinelander Railroad Museum: experiencerhinelander.com/pioneer-park-historical-complex/ or check https://www.m.facebook.com/RhinelanderRailroadmuseum/ 715-369-5004
Duluth Historic Union Depot: experiencethedepot.org, 218-733-7500 or 218-733-7571, 506 W. Michigan Street, Duluth, Mn 55802
The big day may have come and gone, but keep in touch as we’re always up to something new and exciting and it will always involve supporting our local community and our region in the Great State of Wisconsin.
The Winter Depot Project is complete. The Grand Opening was a shining success on September 3, 2020. The Winter Greenhouse outdid themselves while presentations by Mike Cookas on Muskie Fishing, Geary Searfoss on sustainable forests, Laine Stowell on the Elk reintroduction in the Flambeau River State Forest and Arlyn Colby on the Park Falls Railroad Line, were enjoyed by all.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.