Tuesday, February 20 - Ojibwemowin – “Ojibwe Oral Tradition”
“If we lose the language, we are no more, we may become something else, but we will not be Anishinaabe.”--Walt Bressette, Red Cliff Ojibwe.  Language defines the Anishinaabe/Ojibwe people as a culture, thriving in a unique relationship with the Creator and the natural world. As the second-largest tribe on the North American continent, they have maintained a vast history through oral tradition for thousands of years, long before European contact. This Emmy award winning video episode of the six-part PBS series, Waasa Inaabidaa-We Look In All Directions, examines the origin stories, language, and oral teachings of the Anishinaabe/Ojibwe people.  Lorraine Norrgard, filmmaker, and an Ojibwe language expert will be on hand to answer questions and provide insights on this topic.  

This history festival is sponsored by The Washburn Area Historical Society and the Washburn Heritage Association.
Helping to preserve and protect our area’s rich history. Winter series made possible with the support of the Washburn Community Education Foundation.
Refreshments will be served before and after the presentations. -$5 admission

Tuesday, January 23 - Washburn Library History Part II:

Former City Administrator, Pete Mann, will continue his saga of the library’s history: Washburn Gets a Carnegie Library. The building constructed for the Washburn Free Public Library & Reading Room was just ten years old when the library board applied for and received a grant from Andrew Carnegie to construct a new library building, a structure that has housed the city’s library for 115 years.  The record book of the proceedings of the board of the Washburn Free Public Library and Reading Room, Washburn Times articles, and Lars Larson’s historical sketch of the community provide the basis for the story of the construction and operation of Washburn’s Carnegie library.  
Music:      Steve Cotherman  


Tuesday, January 9 - Mythic Valhalla: Dining room where Norse Heroines and Heroes dine with their god Odin –  A winter sport dining room was created in the 1930’s with women and men of all ages feasting on a menu of outdoor activities including a premiere main course for ski-jumping.  WWII forced a period of dormancy that lasted through the 50’s. The 60’s brought a rejuvenation of Vahalla with the country’s great ski jumpers dining off the main menu. The 70’s ushered in a new era with snowmobiling as the new main course.  Thereafter, while maintaining its Nordic skiing aperitif, Valhalla has served up a menu of year- round outdoor activities anchored by snowmobiling and ATV use.  Join Washburn native, Joe Maassen, as he shares these tales.
Music: Randy Sabien   

Tuesday, February 6 - Bayfield County Memorial Hospital and Northern Lights Services:A Legacy of Care - Do you remember receiving care here, or delivering a child here? What began in a wooden building in the center of town as Washburn Hospital, grew into the Bayfield County Memorial Hospital in 1969 which was a state-of-the art, full-service medical facility at that time. In 1979, the Hospital added on a nursing home for elderly residents. Today, Northern Lights Services provides skilled nursing care and has added many other health services. This talk will highlight this evolution of health care in Washburn through the years.  Presenter Kristy Liphart is the Development Director for Northern Lights Services, Inc. and the Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Northland College.  
Music:  John Doane


Seventh Annual Tony Woiak 2018
Washburn History Festival

Washburn Harbor View Event Center

Presentations begin at 7 pm