Image credits from top: Sketch of Berlin,
1867, A. Ruger; View of Green Lake, 1888, Library of Congress; Dartford mill and
|Through the first third of the last
century Green Lake County was part of the Winnebago Indian nation. By the close of the
1830's, however, the central Wisconsin wilderness, the new Northwest, became a focal point
for easterners hoping to create new lives for themselves. In the 1840's and 1850's they
came by the thousands to rebuild the homes, farms, and communities they knew in New
England, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Together with immigrants from Ireland, England, and Germany, these easterners established one of Wisconsin's most productive agricultural areas and the communities of Berlin, Dalton, Green Lake (Dartford), Kingston, Manchester, Markesan, Marquette, Princeton, and St. Marie. Other communities--notable among them the quarry community of Utley--have come and gone.
Dedicated to documenting the history and telling the cultural and family stories of the area, this site is sponsored by the Wisconsin Local History Network. Its goal is to record and make available the county's historical materials for the Internet community. In so doing, it also hopes to make more visible the critical work of the county's historical societies in preserving the heritage of past and present generations of county residents:
This site is entirely dependent on the contributions of volunteers in transcribing the records, copying the photographs, locating the letters, and interpreting the information that it takes to develop and maintain it. If you have an interest in participating in the ongoing project of documenting the history of Green Lake County on the Web, please contact Bob Schuster at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 6020 Kristi Circle, Monona, WI 53716 (608-221-1421).