News & Events

Current Newsletter - Spring_2021.pdf

Newsletter Highlights

Welcome to the Welcome Center
Remodeling: Phase 2
Music in the Park is Back!
Contributors - Let's Make History

Upcoming Events

Mon. June 7: We will be serving pie at the music in the park concert in City Park. Volunteers who are bringing pies should bring them to the shelter at 5:30 pm.

Sat. June 12: Celebrate the improvements to downtown Antigo’s Fifth Ave. Watch for announcements of events and take a detour to visit our remodeled museum and Welcome Center.

Welcome to the Welcome Center

A major change in the museum, once remodeling is complete, will be the addition of a Welcome Center on the first floor. The space will offer visitors information on attractions and special events in Antigo and Langlade County in a friendly area to sit, talk, ask questions, and read about what the city and county have to offer. The goal at present is to keep the Welcome Center open and staffed 6 days a week and into the evening on Fridays and Saturdays. The lobby of the addition will be kept open 24/7 so that visitors may collect information at any time.

Remodeling: Phase 2

After reviewing the financial status of the museum’s fundraising campaign and cost estimates, we are moving ahead with phase 2 of our remodeling plan. Work began at the end of February to repair the ceiling and upgrade the lighting on the first floor. This will greatly improve the appearance of the displays. One of our furnaces will be replaced along with some ductwork making the space more comfortable. We continue to work with architect Rod Cox and JAS Construction, both of whom did such a magnificent job on the addition.

The Antigo Visual Arts gallery will relocate to the second floor with new panels for hanging art and gallery appropriate lighting.

Curator Mary Kay Wolf is busy planning the layout of display and research areas. If all goes according to plan, we will reopen in May. Fundraising continues as we hope to achieve everything on our wish list.

You may help us achieve our goal by contributing to:
Let’s Make History
c/o Langlade County Historical Society
P.O. Box 215
Antigo WI, 54409

Music in the Park is Back!

An Antigo summer tradition returns, after a year of Covid-19, and the Historical Society will be there. On Monday June 7, we will be serving desserts at the concert in the City Park. The concert will feature the Northernaires. We request that volunteers bring pies to the park shelter by 5:30 pm. Come and enjoy the music, get updates on our remodeled museum, and support our efforts

To Let’s Make History Project from March 26, 2020 to Jan. 4, 2021

Mrs. Rosemary Barnes
Mary Brennecke
CoVantage Credit Union
Dr. John and Elsa McKenna
Remington Foundation
Teresa Sprecher
Carol and Sam Stefan

Membership Renewals::

Ted & Sue Baginski, Rod & Sallie Barta, Glenn & Nancy Bugni, Fran Brown, Dede Cromer, Jeanne Darling, Gale Demlow, Ludene Dewan, Chris Haedike, Sheila Hall, Sally Jansen, Ronald Koepke, Rion & Judy Korn, Sue Kramer, Cheryl & Jeff Marx, Richard & Laurel McConnell, Jacob Meister, Nancy Pelzer, Gloria Rettinger, Sandy Robrecht, Walter & Amelia Rugland, Ted Weaver, Gary & Nancy Whitman, Mitch & Sharon Zmuda, Diane Zuelzke

History Online

For over a century the people of Antigo have justifiably prided themselves in their efforts to preserve their history. In 1914 they saved the Deleglise cabin from destruction by moving it to the grounds of the Carnegie Library (now the museum). In the 1920s a group formed to preserve and display artifacts of the county’s history – which in 1997 returned to its original home, occupying the entire Carnegie Library.

Many people have contributed to these efforts over the decades. But sometimes even historians must change with the times and recently museum staff and volunteers have been doing just that by through the internet. Many aspects of our history are on our own web site and we continue to add to that collection. Another method is through our Facebook page. Recently, thanks to the efforts of curator Mary Kay Wolf, we have become more active in showing life in Antigo over the years by posting photos on Facebook. In some weeks over 30,000 views have been recorded and conversations have taken place among viewers who share memories or answer questions asked by others. If you are on Facebook check it out and join in the conversation.

Two other sites provide us with an opportunity to reach out to a wider public. Recollection Wisconsin hosts a site where museums and libraries, including ours, post photographs and documents in their collections. In 2018 there were over 10,000 views of our collection. A Swiss scholar, writing a book on Swiss immigration to the U.S., requested permission to use Francis Deleglise’s recollections of his Civil War experiences in his book. Another request came from a theater group in Ontario, Canada for permission to use our photographs of logging camps in the design of sets for a theater production. We can hardly wait for the DVD of the comedy which they promised to send.

A second site is Wisconsin101: A History in Objects. Museums such as ours submit a photograph of an object along with some stories related to the object. Together these stories tell the history of Wisconsin. We have published photos and stories related to three objects: a pillow sham made for an enrollee to the CCC Camp in Elcho by his sister, a bowling pin made by the Vulcan factory in Antigo, and a fishing lure made by Mepps.

Both the Recollection Wisconsin and the WI101 sites are also packaging their material around themes for use by teachers and researchers. It is well worth spending some time exploring


Just type Langlade County into the search box of either site or to find content from our area.


Medicine Man


A. J. Kingsbury Picture Postcards of Northern Wisconsin

Images of Ojibwe and Menominee Indians in northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in the early 20th century, photographed by Arthur J. Kingsbury of Antigo.
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Deleglise LetterDeleglise Documents

Letters written to family members by Francis Deleglise, founder of the city of Antigo, during his service in the Civil War.
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Steam EngineLanglade County Railroad Photographs

The railroad photographs in the collection of the Langlade County Historical Society depict depots, rail yards, rail crews, locomotives, and train wrecks in the Antigo area from the late 19th century to the 1990s. View collection.
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Logging Wagon Langlade County Logging Photographs

The logging photographs in the collection of the Langlade County Historical Society document work crews, logging camps, sawmills and other aspects of Wisconsin’s logging industry from the 19th century to the 1990s.
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Anitgo Soldiers in World War I

In World War I Langlade County men formed the 107th Trench Mortar Battery Company. They saw action in France and participated in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. William Wessa documented the 107 TMB with photos and a written history.
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Reuben Sweet Diary

Rueben Sweet Diary

Rueben Sweet left Manitowoc in 1863 to fight in the Civil War. He participaed in Sherman's March to the Sea.
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Civilian Conservation Corps Camp 657
Summit Lake and Elcho:

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Views of Antigo:

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