‘Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Wausau’ premieres

Wisconsin Public Television presents the premiere broadcast of Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Wausau at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24.

The new history documentary begins with the founding of the Wausau community as a sawmilling center and highlights major turning points in its development, including the formation of the group of investors known as the “Wausau Group” and the transforming impact of the industries they started in the area. In the program, local historians explain the community’s strong tradition of building local cultural institutions and tell the stories of people and events that placed Wausau on the state and national map. The Fromm fur farm in Hamburg is featured in a segment of the documentary. Members of Wausau’s Hmong community also contribute stories of their recent immigration experience.

Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Wausau is the fifth in a series of documentaries featuring the history of Wisconsin communities. Two free community screenings will take place in Wausau at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19 at the Grand Theater.

Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Wausau is produced under a partnership between the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Public Television in cooperation with the Marathon County Historical Society.

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