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Upcoming HOWGS Programs and Events



      DATE: Saturday, March 18, 2023
      TIME: 9:30 a.m.
      WHERE: All-Purpose Room at McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids

      PROGRAM: This will be a virtual presentation by Peter Shrake, Wisconsin Historical Society.

“This Land of Promise: Wisconsin in the Early 19th Century 1816-1848”

In the early 19th century Wisconsin was a region in flux. The War of 1812 had concluded. Populations and governments were shifting. The British were a recent memory and Indian nations grappled with the onset of American authority. The fur trade, still an important but declining part of the economy now rubbed elbows with emerging mining, lumber, agriculture, and fishing interests. Join author and historian Peter Shrake as he explores this tumultuous 30 period in our state’s history from the end of the War of 1812 to statehood in 1848.

Peter Shrake is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin. He earned his master's degree in History from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and a master's degree in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin. For eight years Shrake served as the Executive Director of the Sauk County Historical Society. He has also worked for a number of years as an archivist for the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin. Since 2011, he has been the archivist at the Robert L. Parkinson Library at Circus World. Shrake has written numerous articles, published in a variety of scholarly journals, relating to upper Midwest and circus history, and is the author of the book The Silver Man: The Life and Times of Indian Agent John Kinzie published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press in 2016. He lives in Baraboo with his wife, Kim, and his sons, Ethan and Ben.


      DATE: Saturday, April 15, 2023
      TIME: 9:30 a.m.
      WHERE: All-Purpose Room at McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids

      PROGRAM: This program will be moderated by Wayne Peters, Heart O" Wisconsin Genealogical Society.

PROGRAM: “What Genealogists Should Know About DNA…Without the Science Lesson!”.

DNA and genealogy. It’s all over...TV commercials and programs, Facebook groups, print media, and DNA special interest groups. Genealogists can use their DNA test results to explore their heritage, learn about their family history and discover new cousins. A presentation aimed at the genealogist or layperson on the pros and cons of using DNA for family research will be presented and Wayne will present a case study on how a DNA test changed his family tree. This program is aimed at the genealogist or layperson who wants to get a basic understanding of how and why DNA testing may be worth considering as part of their family history research…without the science lesson!



      DATE: Saturday, May 20, 2023
      TIME: 9:30 a.m.
      WHERE: All-Purpose Room at McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids

      PROGRAM: Program to be determined



      DATE: Saturday, June 17, 2023
      TIME: 9:30 a.m.
      WHERE: To Be Determined

      PROGRAM: Annual Heart O' Wisconsin Genealogical Society Cemetery Walk

PROGRAM: Cemetery and details to be determined.




      PROGRAM:See Everyone at our next meeting on September 16, 2023!


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