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Learn how you can help DCHS retain local history

Kathy Laakso

Stop in this Saturday for DCHS’ volunteer fair from noon to 2 the Douglas County Historical Society. Tables will be set up with information on our various activities including the archives, collection accessioning and care, exhibits, events, history theatre, fundraising, marketing and general maintenance. Refreshments are served as you make the rounds and chat with committee members to find out how you can become involved.

A new exhibit of David F. Barry photos is opening in May. Barry, raised in Wisconsin, traveled west after the Battle of Big Horn and photographed several Sioux Native Americans, including Chiefs Sitting Bull, Gall and Rain-In-The-Face. Barry lived the last 40 years of his life in Superior and had several studios in town, the last at 1308 Tower Avenue. When he died, his estate left his original glass plate prints with DCHS. The David F. Barry exhibit is an addition to our current Wisconsin Humanities Council-funded exhibition, “Icons and Entrepreneurs: Downtowns of Yesterday and Tomorrow” Watch for our opening celebration in May.

If you’re looking for summer activities for the kids, registration has begun for summer youth performance classes. Two week-long classes take place at DCHS in July for ages 7-15. For information or to register, email

DCHS’ new hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Thursday. These new hours will make it easier for the public to see our exhibits, visit the museum shop and attend special programming.

The Douglas County Historical Society is located at 1101 John Ave. To contact us, email or call 715-392-8449.

Kathy Laakso is the director of the Douglas County Historical Society.