Read below about the Baldwin History Room, the Baldwin-Area Historical Society, and the St. Croix County Online Local History Collection, featuring many photos of old Baldwin.
If you would like an introduction to our new digital microfilm machine for searching for your family history, these sessions are for you! Our fancy new machine reads the library's collection of over 100 years of the Baldwin Bulletin newspaper on microfilm so you can find information on old events, birth and death notices, etc. and print out a copy or e-mail it. Members of the local Baldwin Area Hisotrical Society are so exited about this great tool for sharing history that they want to teach everyone how to do it! Come anytime between 4:00 and 6:00 to get some help learning this and answering any history questions you might have. The sessions will be offered on the second Monday of each month, until we teach the whole town!
History Nights at the Library
Members of the Baldwin Area Historical Society will be at the library on the second Thursday of every month from 5-7pm to meet with any interested people about any topic of your choice. Come anytime during that period and ask questions about searching for family history or history of a building in town, look at old photos and help identify them, learn about the new microfilm scanner and how to find anything from old Baldwin Bulletin newspapers, learn about the 1940 census records newly opened to the public, etc. Bring an item, a question, or just come and talk about history with others who love it too! For more information call Leila at: 715-222-9485 *****
Baldwin Library History Room
The Baldwin Library History Room is home to an impressive collection of objects and records relating to area history. There are history books and manuscripts, cemetery records, endless issues of the Baldwin Bulletin, census records, area maps and photographs, genealogical records, historic magazines and books, and files full of clippings that highlight historic places and past events.Help by donating your time, memories, and creativity to maintain the library history room as a local historical resource available to Baldwin area residents and visitors.Volunteers can identify faces and places in old photos or assist with genealogy and history related activities by reading old editions of the Baldwin Bulletin or adding clippings and information to the genealogical binders.The contents of the history room are a rare, precious, and important historic resource. It is up us, as a community, to ensure this collection is safeguarded for current and future generations.****
Baldwin Area Historical Society - www.baldwinhistory.org (NOTE: If you had trouble accessing this website before, please try again, as it has been restored after hacking issues.)
General Meetings: Quarterly third Saturdays (2014: March 15, June 21, Sept. 20, Dec. 20), 10:30am, Municipal Bldg. Meeting Room Our history tells the story of us through our treasured items and objects, memories and traditions, people and places, buildings, clippings, pictures, articles, books, and notes that are typically tucked away in attics, garages, closets, sheds, and basements.Baldwin Area Historical Society needs the help and support of area residents, organizations, and businesses.Show your support by donating your keepsakes, attending Society meetings, or participating in projects that will culminate in historical articles and exhibitions, educational programs, heritage tourism and special events to save and share our community heritage.Baldwin Area Historical Society has a number of efforts and activities currently underway to enhance understandings of and energize interest in our local heritage. Find out about current projects on the website.Area residents, organizations, and businesses have the opportunity to support these efforts and activities by becoming members, making donations, joining committees, contributing creativity, and volunteering time.There are endless ways to help ensure our local history is not forgotten and instead is preserved and promoted.Become a member today by submitting the form on the website (www.baldwinhistory.org) or contact Leila Albert, Baldwin Area Historical Society President, 715-222-9485 or Rebecca Dixen, Baldwin Library Director, 715-684-2116 to volunteer or otherwise show your support. ***
Old Photos Online!
Baldwin-Area History is now available to the whole world! You can now view photos and writings of Baldwin history on a computer and share them with family and friends all over the country! http://uwdc.library.wisc.edu/collections/WI/IndianheadLocHist
The library recently participated in a grant to get some items of local history from our History Room converted to digital format so they could be placed on the Internet and made widely available. This is very exciting because the conversion process is expensive and we couldn't have done it without the help of the grant from the federal Library Service and Technology Act. Many photos of Baldwin's early businesses, schools, churches, etc. and books of historical memories have been digitized already and we hope to have more soon. Check out the link above or go to the Historical Society website (baldwinhistory.org)