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Not In Polite Company: Politics and Religion in Wausau, WI

It has been said that one should avoid discussing politics and religion when in polite company. Here are some stories related to those topics from downtown Wausau.

  • 1.

    The Collapse of St. James' Dome

    The Collapse of St. James' Dome

    In 1911 the construction of the new St James Church was beset by a tragic accident.

  • 2.

    The German American Bank Changes Its Name

    The German American Bank Changes Its Name

    In 1918, an institution for banking in Wausau changed its name during World War I.

  • 3.

    President Coolidge Visits Wausau

    President Coolidge Visits Wausau

    In 1928, President Calvin Coolidge came to town in "the greatest occasion in the history of Wausau."

  • 4.

    The G.A.R. Commissions a Statue

    The G.A.R. Commissions a Statue

    Wausau dedicates a statue to memorialize its veterans of the Civil War, 1880s.

  • 5.

    The Plumer Mansion Comes Down

    The Plumer Mansion Comes Down

    The demolition of a distinctive landmark becomes a wake up call for historic preservation in Wausau.

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