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Articles about Two Rivers

Thomas James Walsh: A Wisconsin Gift to Montana: This biography begins by summarizing the life of Felix Walsh (dates not verified) and his involvement in the community of Two Rivers, Manitowoc County. ‹›.

A Growth Industry: The Wisconsin Aluminum Cookware Industry, 1893-1920: A history of the aluminum industry in Wisconsin that evolved into a power house of aluminum cookware between 1893 and 1920. The majority of the article focuses on Joseph Koenig, founder of Aluminum Manufacturing Company (Mirro Aluminum Company) in Two Rivers, and the transition of his company from novelty aluminum items to cookware. ‹

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Articles about Manitowoc

The Town of Two Creeks: Manitowoc County: This article opens with the arrival of the first white setters in 1836. The author uses land records and census returns to identify early settlers, and describes the influx of German and Czech immigrants during the 1860s, living and farming conditions, crops grown, products manufactured, and the Peshtigo Fire. ‹›.

The Sign of the Cross: Fr. Jacques Marquette (1637-1675) and Fr. Claude Allouez (1620-1689) traveled throughout what is now Wisconsin in the Manitowoc River region placing crosses among the Native American tribes in the area. ‹›.

Recession, Depression, and War: The Wisconsin Aluminum Cookware Industry, 1920-1941: This article discusses the period between the two world wars during which the stamping of aluminum cookware became one of Wisconsin’s most important industries. ‹›.

The Civil War Diary of Herman Salomon: The author (1834-1881) was a German cabinet-maker who came to Manitowoc in 1853, and was the brother of Gov. Edward Salomon (1828-1909). ‹›.

The John Nagle Memorial: Remarks of Senator Thomas J. Walsh. This memorial offers a brief biography of John Nagle, an educator and editor from Manitowoc, Wisconsin in the latter half of the 19th century. ‹›.

Wisconsin Through a German’s Eyes in 1855: The Travels of Johann Georg Kohl (1808-1878) is the first English translation of Kohl’s detailed observations of his travels through Wisconsin in 1855. Kohl, a meticulous historian and geographer, detailed the people and landscape of Milwaukee, the Madison area, Sheboygan and Manitowoc. ‹›.

Emil Baensch: This short piece credits Baensch (1857-1939) for his lifelong involvement in developing his birthplace, Manitowoc. ‹›.

Making a Fire Within: The Writing of a Civil War Narrative from Wisconsin: In this article author Kerry A. Trask (1941- ) discusses the process of writing his book Fire Within, about the Civil War experiences of soldiers and civilians in Manitowoc. ‹›.

Wisconsin's Canning Industry Past and Present: The article relates the economic importance of the canning industry in Wisconsin during the early and middle portions of the 20th-century. The article traces the advent of the canning process to a Napoleon-era Frenchman who used cork and wax to preserve food. The Wisconsin canning industry blossomed in the Manitowoc area where farmers grew peas, and canned peas became a major economic engine for Wisconsin in the 1890s. ‹›.

James Anderson: Infantryman in Blue: This article tells the story of James Anderson (1841-1927) of Manitowoc, who volunteered for military service in 1861. ‹›.

The Manitowoc County Historical Society: This short piece traces the origin of the group to an 1879 meeting of old settlers, and details how the idea was revived in 1906 by local judge Emil Baensch (1857-1939) and amateur archaeologist Henry P. Hamilton (1862-1919), collector of prehistoric copper artifacts. ‹›.

Highlights of Manitowoc: This is, in the author's words, "a brief and fragmentary attempt to reflect a few pages of national history into the mirror of events in the Manitowoc region."‹›.


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Teacher Resources: Manitowoc–Two Rivers

Hometown Stories-Manitowoc-Two Rivers Teacher Resources were developed to meet the needs of Wisconsin teachers by a team of teachers and curriculum specialists.


Manitowoc-Two Rivers

Historian Michael Goc provides in-depth insight into the region's past.


Historic Views of Manitowoc

Over the last three years, the Wisconsin Historical Society has been scanning and cataloging its collection of images of Wisconsin places. Consisting of over 10,000 items, the collection highlights main street views, prominent buildings in each community, local monuments and other features of interest. In support of the Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Manitowoc-Two Rivers broadcast, the Society is pleased to present a selection of historic views of Manitowoc.

Wisconsin Bird's-eye Maps

Over 200 panoramic drawings of Wisconsin cities and towns from the collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society are now available to browse and purchase. Known as bird’s eye views, panoramas, or perspective maps, these detailed illustrations were very popular with inhabitants of proud and growing communities during the latter half of the 19th century.

Wood Type and Wood Type Posters

Explore images of wood type and wood type posters. Many of these come from the collections at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum and Silver Buckle Press.


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