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About this collection

The Crandon Public Library Local History Collection records the unique heritage of the City of Crandon, Wisconsin and its surrounding communities. This task will be completed by the collection and preservation of items related to persons, places and events of Crandon, Wisconsin and the surrounding area.

The Crandon Public Library will oversee and maintain this collection for the use of the public now and for future generations. Currently the collection consists of Crandon High School yearbooks and photographs, postcards and newspaper clippings.

Our digital collection project began in 2011 with the digitization of approximately twenty-five Crandon High School yearbooks and will grow with the addition of our photograph and postcard collections as we continue to acquire, assess and scan materials that are graciously donated and/or obtained by the residents of our community.

Crandon High School Yearbooks Collection
The Cardinal - yearbooks published by Crandon High School from 1938 into the 1960s.

This collection was donated to Dwight Smith by the Crandon Public Library and other community members in order to create an exhibit on the walls of the Crandon Community Building. The majority of the photographs were originally the property of Mrs. Mary Colburn of Hiles. The Public Property Committee of the City Council of Crandon sponsored the exhibit in order to inspire an interest in Crandon’s past among its residents as well as engage tourists. The original exhibit opened June 16, 1986 which included over fifty photographs depicting Crandon and its early residents at the beginning of the 20th century. Many of the photographs are still on display at the Crandon Community Building and the entire collection is available at the Crandon Public Library.

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