Welcome to the LWR Website
Welcome to the Lower Wisconsin River Genealogical & Historical Research Center, Inc .  This is who we are and what we are all about and if you are interested in what we do and have to offer we would gladly welcome you as a member.
 
                                                        Our History:
   In October 1991 four women met for the first time at the St. Paul's Methodist Church in Wauzeka, WI to form a new non-profit organization to be called the Lower Wisconsin River Genealogical & Historical Research Center, Inc (LWR for short) for the purpose of fostering interests in genealogy, family and area history, gather and preserve the records of our ancestors, founders and early settlers along the lower Wisconsin River. The first four organizers were June  McMillan, Illene Mullikin, Vi Reichmann and Carol Higgins. The first meeting took place November 30th, 1991 where 27 people attended and officers were elected.
 
 
Some of the founding members on July 25, 1998 at the library dedication.
L-R Judy Benish-- newsletter editor at the time. Gloria Blank-- founding member, Illene Mullikin-- founding member and Carol Higgins-- founding member. June McMillin founding member not pictured.
 
 The Century Hall 
           The Century Hall
The library is mainly entered from behind the hall but can be accessed from the front of the hall (shown) as well on meeting dates.
Along with the LWR Library the Century Hall also houses a large banquet hall and  Meeting Room as well as the Post Office and City Hall.
This is the enterance from behind the hall but can be accessed from the front of the hall as well on meeting dates.
 
This sign is located outside the door of our library
 
Our Meetings
Meetings and Programs will be held on the 4th Saturday of the months of January, March, May, July, September and November at the Meeting Room of Century Hall in Wauzeka, WI.
Social time starts at 9 am followed by the Program at 9:30 am.  Following the Program will be the buisness meeting. Suggestions for future Programs are always welcome. Meetings are always open to the public or whom ever is interested in joining out group.
 
The meeting room where we hold our meetings.
 
Our News Letter
 
The same year the LWR was founded  a quarterly newsletter was developed and to be called "Looking For Yesterday" which is still distributed to paid members today. The newsletter contains officers names, meeting dates with program listings, library holdings and news as well as histories and genealogy stories submitted for interesting and valued reading. Other things within the newsletters are queries and updates along with helpful hints and articles of genealogical and historical interest
Suggestions for subject matter or donated articles will always be considered for publication as well.  
 

Our Library

  The library had it's start in a small room at the St. Paul's Methodist Church but quickly outgrew it and a new place was obtained in a far right corner at the rear of Century Hall in Wauzeka.  The library is open 10 am--2 pm on the first and third Saturdays from May until November.
However, the Library will always open by appointmentPlease call 608-326-2643 for appointment
 
Some of the most useful resources for family history in our library are:
 1884 History of Crawford & Richland Counties
1932 History of Old Crawford County (four volumes)
1969 Sesquicentennial Crawford Co. Histories
Crawford County Plat Books
LWR Surname File
LWR Marriage Book (1816-1907)
LWR Birth Book-Earliest to 1907
LWR Death Records Book-Earliest to 1907
Microfilm of Wauzeka newspapers indexed for Marriages and Deaths
Three books of gleanings from area newspapers by Vern Erickson
Rural Schools of Crawford County with Index
Indexed issues of "Looking for Yesterday"
Cemetery listings as well as pictures and obituaries.
 
This is only a partial listing of our holdings.
We have a wide range of donated Family Histories, historical artifacts, church histories, postcards and books to assist in local history.
 
Membership
As a member, you are always welcome to join one or more of our many committees to help out our cause. We desperately need new members so we don't fade into obscurity and disband! We have come a long way and gained allot in the library to lose it that way, won't you please join?
 
To  APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP in the LWR, send your yearly membership dues of $10 per person or household to:
LOWER WISCONSIN RIVER GENEALOGICAL & HISTORICAL RESEARCH CENTER, Darlene Reichmann, 106 N. Dousman, Wauzeka, WI 53826.
  Include your name, address, phone number, email address and a list of Surnames being researched.

(Please include a S.A.S.E. for your reply. Due to the volume of requests, we cannot reply to those that do not include a S.A.S.E.)
 
 
Officers & Contacts
                        The officers at this time are as follows: 
 
President:                          Jim Warczak
First Vice President:          Patricia Wachuta
Second Vice President:      Judy Lovaas
Secretary:                            Sue Grunenwald
Treasurer:                           Darlene Reichmann
Librarian:                            Sharon Dahman
Program Co-Chairmen:     Karen Mueller & Gloria Thompson
Newsletter Editor:             Gloria Thompson
Website Editor:                  Burdette Coberley
 
 
 
                                         Contacts:
 
 
Jim Warczak     jwarczak@gmail.com  or   608-994-2284
Gloria Thompson      kienzle@centurytel.net     or     608-875-5107
Sharon Dahman         dahman@centurytel.net    or     608-326-2643
Burdette Coberley     cobe54@gmail.com   
 A  wonderful view of the lower Wisconsin River
An arial view of Wauzeka, Wisconsin looking East

Heritage Highway sign one block north of the Century Hall

  Century Hall located at 213 E Front St # B, Wauzeka, WI 53826