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About this collection

This digital collection consists of oral history interviews with prominent residents of the Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton area as well as with local historians. The interviews were originally recorded onto audio tapes by the Dells Country Historical Society and are now available in digital format. They present an informative and colorful history of the area only a local resident can provide. Also included are a large collection of scanned documents recording the history of the Kilbourn Public Library, City of Wisconsin Dells and local Ho-Chunk history.

 

About the Kilbourn Public Library
The Kilbourn Public Library serves the Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton communities. In addition, being the library of one of the largest tourist destinations in the Midwest, the library is an essential resource for the community as well as guests and visitors. The current library building was constructed in 1996 with an addition remodel project completed in 2011. The original Carnegie library still stands adjacent to the current library. In addition to having books, DVDs and audiobooks available for checkout, the library hosts a wide variety of adult and children’s programs. We also deliver library materials throughout the community by use of our Bookmobile.

 

Researchers of history have a variety of resources to use at the Kilbourn Public Library. Most notable is our online archives which contains digital copies of the Wisconsin Dells Events newspaper from 1853 to 2013. In addition to this, the library has numerous local history and genealogical resources to use including our new microfilm machine purchased in late 2017.

 

Articles from the newspapers The Wisconsin Dells Events, Kilbourn Weekly Events, Mirror Gazette, Dells Events, Wisconsin Mirror, and The Kilbourn Weekly Illustrated Events can be found at http://kilbournpublic.advantage-preservation.com/.

 

Learn more about the history of the Wisconsin Dells at the Dells Country Historical Society website: http://www.dellscountryhistoricalsociety.org/.

 

This project was completed in cooperation with the Wisconsin South Central Library System (SCLS) and was funded through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant. The LSTA grant was made available through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

 
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