Forest History Association Of Wisconsin

Educating the citizens of Wisconsin on the history and importance of our forests in the continued growth of our state.

Upcoming Events / Webinars

Please register in advance by clicking the program title or the registration button provided below each program description.

Heritage & Success of Wisconsin’s School Forest Program

Presenters: Stephen Schmidt & Gretchen Marshall
As the Wisconsin School Forest Program approaches its Centennial (2028), join us for look back at how early visionaries established the first school forests and how these forests have multiplied and evolved to become model outdoor classrooms for sustainable management and much more.

Hemlock Bark and Wisconsin’s Tanning Industry:
The World Walked on Milwaukee Leather

Presenter: John Bates
Milwaukee led the world in tanning leather in the early 1900s, though tanneries were in operation throughout all of Wisconsin from the mid-1800s to the early 1920s. Most used hemlock bark for tanning the leather, thus hemlock trees were cut down by the tens of millions to supply the tanneries. The tanbark industry was an important part of early Wisconsin’s economy and thousands of people were employed around the state in the art of bark tanning.

Wisconsin’s Fire Towers – 1911 to the Present Day

Presenter: Ricky Kubicek
Transcending their original purpose as monumental-scale tools, Wisconsin’s fire towers inhabit a special sense of place for the state’s residents. While the function of towers has shifted over the past 20-30 years from that of key component of the fire protection system to a charismatic landscape anachronism, they remain fixed in memory.

Elk in Wisconsin: A History

Presenters: Anna Brose & Ron Eckstein
Trace the story of Elk before European Settlement, to an attempt at restoration in 1913-1917 in Vilas County, to current successes in Northern and Western Wisconsin.


Featured Collection

Menominee Logging Camp

The whole family will enjoy a trip through the largest and most complete logging museum in the United States. Guides are available to explain the many old logging artifacts as you tour the bunk-house, cook shanty, wood butcher’s shop, blacksmith shop, saw filer’s shack, horse barn, and old time camp office. Located on the Wild Wolf River at Grignon Rapids just below the famous Keshena Falls, the seven log buildings of the complex will bring back the roaring times of the earliest days of Wisconsin’s first industry , logging. Located in Keshena , Wisconsin.