Forest History Association Of Wisconsin

Educating the citizens of Wisconsin on the history and importance of our forests in the continued growth of our state.

Upcoming Webinars & Events

The Pioneer Blacksmith: Essential Tradesman of the Exploration and Industrial Frontier Eras

Wednesday, February 15 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Zoom Webinar

The ancient skill of working wrought iron by hand was essential to the development and survival of the Europeans who transformed the American landscape from first explorations through the closing of the frontier in 1893 and well into the mid-twentieth century.  The ubiquitous blacksmith shop had vast variations depending upon the needs of the places it served, be they rural or urban. Using both historic and contemporary photographs of blacksmiths and their shops in this presentation, you will gain insight of their impact on the people and the land.

Presenter:John Berg.  A native of the Wisconsin Rapids area, received his Master of Science degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Majoring in United States and Canadian history with an emphasis on the colonial fur trade frontier. John’s interests include Wisconsin lumber and railroad industries, and labor history. John is a member of the Forest History Association of Wisconsin and a member of the Board of Directors of the Price County Historical Society.

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Menominee Logging Camp

The whole family will enjoy a trip through the largest and most complete logging museum in the United States. Guides are available to explain the many old logging artifacts as you tour the bunk-house, cook shanty, wood butcher’s shop, blacksmith shop, saw filer’s shack, horse barn, and old time camp office. Located on the Wild Wolf River at Grignon Rapids just below the famous Keshena Falls, the seven log buildings of the complex will bring back the roaring times of the earliest days of Wisconsin’s first industry , logging. Located in Keshena , Wisconsin.