Marathon County Local History

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The Marathon County Public Library provides historical information and resources concerning the history of Marathon County. Marathon County, which was officially organized in 1850, is the largest county in Wisconsin. This digital collection focuses on the rich local history of the towns, villages, and cities of Marathon County. It includes centennial histories written by local residents, with many illustrations documenting family life and economic development in central Wisconsin. The Marathon County Public Library’s goal is to preserve and make widely accessible to all generations these irreplaceable historical resources.

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Marathon County Local History is a collaborative project completed by the UWDCC, and the Marathon County Public Library. It was funded through a 2010 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant. LSTA grants provide financial support for public libraries to digitize and make available online, their local library resources. For more information about LSTA grants in Wisconsin, contact the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Division for Libraries and Technology or visit the LSTA grant Web site at