News & Events

Upcoming Events

Rummage Sale: Saturday, June 3rd, 8am to 1pm
Railroad Picnic: July 12th 5pm

Current Newsletter - Spring2017.pdf

Newsletter Highlights

Remodeling Plans Continue
Preserving Francis Deleglise's Cabin
Sources for Tips on Restoring Historic Buildings - Sandborn Maps
How to Preserve Your Historic Building

Summer Plans


Starting on May 9th the museum will switch to summer mode with expanded hours and two planned special events. The museum will be open from Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm. The Deleglise cabin and 440 Locomotive will open for tours. These are both locked for the winter and some items are moved into storage. To tour the cabin or the locomotive and caboose register at the museum desk during regular hours.

Summer is also a time for special events at the museum. On Saturday June 3rd the city- wide rummage sale takes place and the museum will once again take part, selling items at the museum grounds from 8am to 1pm. Last year poor weather forced us to move the sale indoors but it still happened to great success. We are accepting donations to sell at the museum. If you have any hidden treasures in your attic or garage please consider donating them to the museum. Drop off items or call us at 715-627-4464 during regular museum hours. (Sorry but we cannot accept large appliances or clothing.) This is one of our major fundraisers and helps cover operating costs.

On Wednesday July 12 we will host our annual railroad picnic, starting at 5pm. This has become an Antigo tradition. It originated after our purchase of the 440 Locomotive in 2005 and its restoration in 2007. The restoration and development of the “Railroad Park” were celebrated at a picnic at the museum to thank the community and recognize our railroad heritage. This year we will again be serving brats, burgers, potato salad, beans, ice cream and soft drinks. Music will be provided by Brian Hayes and Charlie Kirsch who will be making a return appearance. The cost for the event will remain at $6.

We hope to see everyone at the museum this summer.

Remodeling Plans Continue

Elcho CCC 657

The board continues to meet with Funktion Design Studios of Wausau to develop remodeling plans for the museum. Funktion has reviewed the current status of the building and current building codes. Lighting options have been suggested which will, particularly on the main floor, maintain period style and function for museum displays. Less elaborate lighting plans are being considered for the second floor and basement, partly due to technical considerations. In addition, electrical and heating/cooling options are being reviewed.

At a recent meeting with the board Funktion presented plans for possible reconfiguration of floor plans that will ultimately make the building handicap accessible. This is something that we have long desired.

After a lengthy presentation of options to the board in March, Funktion will now narrow down some parameters and prepare a more detailed analysis, including cost estimates. The board will then have to determine what may be financially reasonable and best fits our needs as a museum. We hope to be able to present a plan to the community by May or June.

Shoppers at our rummage sale on June 3rd and picnickers on July 12th could spend time discussing plans with board members present.

Langlade archives online

Langlade County Historical Society information online at website.

CCC Camp 657 of Elcho Added to Archives

Elcho CCC 657The CCC was one of the most successful of the New Deal projects implemented by FDR. It provided work and training for many young men and financial support for their families.

Camp 657 was established, in June, 1933 at Summit Lake in Langlade County. More permanent barracks were erected at nearby Otter Lake, in Elcho. In November 1933 the recruits marched in from their tents at Summit Lake to their new barracks in Elcho.

Camp 657 primarily did reforestation in a region that had been clear cut by the logging industry. Enrollees planted almost 1,400 acres and also build fire roads, lookout towers, fire breaks, did stream and pond development with fish stocking, improved conditions for wild game and established 3 acres of public campgrounds. More than 75 years after the camp ceased its existence the benefits of their efforts are still enjoyed in Langlade County.

Photos, camp newsletters, and memorabilia of Camp 657 Elcho may now be viewed at (in the search window, type “ccc camp 657 elcho”).

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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by Richard Prestor and Joseph Hermolin

$21.99 - The newest book in the Arcadia Publishing's Images of America Series

Recent Donations:

Mrs. Elon Case: Infant seat from 1960s
Cindy Hardin: Book on history of deer hunting in Wisconsin
Nancy Keller: Wicker doll carriage
Toni Thomas: L.C.Smith & Bros. typewriter belonging to Gerald Benishek
Judy Wanca: Photos, old calendar

Donations in Memorium:

In memory of: John Schroeder from Dean and Polly Blazek

Membership Renewals:

Rod Barta
Fran Brown
Don & Mary Mollet
Fred & Kathleen Kelm
Red & Judy Turney
James VandelHey
Gary & Nancy Whitman
Diane Zuelzke

From the Curator:

We would like to fill the gaps in our collection of Antigo High School yearbooks. Missing years include 1944, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1964. We would appreciate donations to fill these gaps.


Wisconsin Council for Local History

Mary Kay Wolf - CuratorThe Wisconsin Council for Local History is a state wide organization of over 370 local history groups. The Langlade County Historical Society is part of the Northwoods Region. The Council helps local groups in several ways:

  1. Each year mini-grants are awarded to a number of groups. This year the Langlade County Historical Society received a grant for the purchase of archival boxes and pages for our photo collection. Curator Mary Kay Wolf is busy organizing and indexing our archives and in the near future they should be much more accessible to the public.

  2. The Council, together with the Wisconsin Historical Society, organizes a number of workshops and webinars on a wide range of topics. A recent conference was held in Madison and board president Joe Hermolin attended workshops in processing archival collections, web design, and digitization. Workshops are being planned for spring and the next annual conference is scheduled for Wisconsin Rapids from October 11-12, 2013. Details on future workshops, webinars, and conferences, as well as bibliography and notes from the recent conference may be viewed on the Wisconsin Historical Society’s web site:

  3. The Council manages a local history listserve where people may ask questions, seek advice, post events, and more. Join by sending an email to: and type SUBSCRIBE in the body of the email.