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Heritage Museum set to open in July in Marshfield

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 9:57 PM CDT
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MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WSAW) - The city of Marshfield has a story to tell.

“This was really a need we had in the city.”

It’s been a long-time coming for Shirley Mook, President of the Historic Preservation Organization. Later this summer, the Marshfield Heritage Museum will open to showcase what has made Hub City what it is today.

“They will start with the log cabin,” Mook said, “the first log cabin that was built as a hotel in the city of Marshfield. And then we progress, we call it, through the ‘Streets of Time.’”

One of the main exhibits is for The Great Marshfield Fire of 1887. They built two models to show the city before and after.

“People do not grasp in their minds the amount of destruction there was.”

June 27 1887, the Upham yard was full of lumber. Central Wisconsin Engine dumped its firebox. Sawdust caught fire and moved south, before the wind shifted moving the fire north. Then east down main street. When it was finally contained on 4th street, 300 families were homeless. All the buildings on Main Street burned up.

“To rebuild, it was amazing,” Mook exclaimed. “All the buildings, then, in Marshfield and downtown had to be brick after the fire.”

It’s just one of many history lessons you’ll learn when the new museum opens.

“We have a wide array of history in this place that people can come and see what Marshfield was from the beginning, all through the steps of time.”

Shirley hopes to finally open in July. They need to bring in one final curator from Massachusetts. Admission will be free.

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