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Wausau residents pack Grand Theatre for sneak peek of history program


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Central Wisconsin residents packed the Grand Theatre last night to get a sneak peek at a look at the history of the Wausau area courtesy of Wisconsin Public Television.

“Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Wausau” is a look at the founding and the growth of Wausau and the surrounding metro area over the past 180 years. Producers held listening sessions last spring to identify exactly what part of the story to tell, interviewed 22 people last summer and sifted through hundreds of photos at the Marathon County Historical Society. Camera crews shot 25 hours of footage that was edited down into one hour.

The crux of the story focuses on the idea of the Wausau Group, the businessmen who came for the lumber in the 1830s and stuck around, diversifying the community and investing in the future of central Wisconsin. It also goes into the history of Wausau Insurance, the spread of the ginseng and paper industries, and the history of the Hmong migration to central Wisconsin.

The hour long program will air on Wisconsin Public Television stations Monday at 8 p.m.

On the Web: Wisconsin Hometown Stories