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    Wisconsin Hometown Stories

    Season 1 2003 - 2016

    • 2003-03-04T05:00:00Z on PBS
    • 55 mins
    • 10 hours, 5 mins
    • Documentary

    WISCONSIN HOMETOWN STORIES Telling Wisconsin's history one town at a time, this series of documentaries tells of the people, businesses and events that shaped communities throughout Wisconsin.

    11 episodes

    1x01 Old World Stories

    • Series Premiere

      2003-03-04T05:00:00Z — 55 mins

    19th-century Wisconsin is depicted on the Wisconsin Historical Society site. Pioneer spirit is richly represented in buildings, costumes and people's reenacted tasks of the period. Triumphs, innovations and struggles are highlighted.

    1x02 Portage Memories

    • 2005-05-09T04:00:00Z — 55 mins

    Because of its strategic location between the Saint Lawrence and Mississippi rivers, many indigenous tribes passed through Portage to trade furs, first with the French, then the British and finally the Americans. Portage Memories is a celebration of the character of a town, its residents and the stories they have to tell about their past as a mirror of the entire state.

    1x03 Janesville

    • 2006-05-08T04:00:00Z — 55 mins

    Since its early days, when settlers arrived to stake their claims on the fertile river valley, Janesville has evolved into a city rich in history and culture.

    1x04 Green Bay

    • 2007-11-12T05:00:00Z — 55 mins

    Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Green Bay follows the growth of the city at the mouth of the Fox River from its early days to the present.

    1x05 La Crosse

    • 2008-05-12T04:00:00Z — 55 mins

    La Crosse was able to develop into one of Wisconsin’s largest cities because of a favorable conjunction of geographical facts. First is the breadth of fairly level ground between the river channel and the bluffs. It is wider here than in most places on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi and, although divided by the La Crosse River and extensive wetlands, the prairie had room for a city to grow.

    1x06 History Keepers

    • 2008-10-23T04:00:00Z — 55 mins

    The 30-minute program explores the large, diverse collection of historical organizations in and around Green Bay and uncovers the people who were influential in protecting the area's past.

    1x07 Manitowoc-Two Rivers

    • 2009-07-06T04:00:00Z — 55 mins

    The program includes tales of shipwrecks and life-saving operations, the development and proliferation of wooden type and aluminum manufacturing, the region's participation in the World War II home front effort and the emergence and growth of new businesses in recent decades.

    1x08 Wausau

    • 2011-01-24T05:00:00Z — 55 mins

    Follow the history of Wausau from its milling origins to today's vibrant Central Wisconsin community, built on the ambitions and pride of its residents. Film, archival images and interviews with historians and residents tell the stories of Wausau's early settlement, the transformative impact of investors called "The Wausau Group" and the city's tradition of building local cultural institutions.

    1x09 Janeau County

    • 2014-04-17T04:00:00Z — 55 mins

    Shaped by its glacial geography, its earliest native residents and immigrant settlers, the story of Juneau County is filled with perseverance, innovation, leadership and heroism. Film, archival images and interviews with historians, local citizens and experts tell the unique stories of Juneau County’s distinct places, and the role its people have played in the development of Wisconsin.

    1x10 Oshkosh

    • 2015-04-20T04:00:00Z — 55 mins

    Find innovation and civic pride in this city on the Fox River and Lake Winnebago. Named for the Menominee Chief who worked to keep his people on their native lands, Oshkosh's history has been shaped by its industrial spirit, fierce battles for social justice and its citizens' creativity. Film, archival images, aerial footage and interviews tell the unique stories of Oshkosh and its people.

    1x11 Door County

    • 2016-06-24T04:00:00Z — 55 mins

    Formed on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, Door County's history has been guided both by its glacial geography and by its earliest native inhabitants and European settlers who were drawn by rich hunting and fishing resources. Film. archival images, aerial footage and interviews with historians, local citizens and experts tell stories of tourism, cherries, art, and geology that capture the history of Door County. Viewers will also explore ethnic heritages that still thrive across the land, its art history, and efforts to preserve both the land and the natural beauty that define one of Wisconsin’s most charming places.