We are back!
You are invited to attend our
​10th Annual Summer Tony Woiak History Festival.

Annual Tony Woiak 
Washburn History Festivals

Tuesday, August 3, 7:30 p.m. at Harborview Event Center - Around the Islands with Chick
Iconic Washburn newsman Chick Sheridan had a front-row seat for a pivotal moment in the history of northern Wisconsin: the 1930 VIP tour set up to promote the creation of an Apostle Islands National Park. The photographs Sheridan took on the trip, preserved in the National Archives, provide a detailed account of a critical turning point in a tale that took 40 more years to reach its conclusion. Join Chick and the party of movers and shakers on this memorable voyage, along with your guide, Bob Mackreth.


Tuesday, August 10, 7:30 p.m. at Harborview Event Center – Blood on the Ice
Join John Esposito as he recounts stories people have had on the hard water of the greatest lake.  Some are amazing, some tragic, some hilarious some frightening, and all are interesting.    The stories are true and in the storytellers’ exact words.


Saturday, July 24, 4:30 p.m. at The Club – Hubert Peavey, Washburn’s Only Congressman
Joe Maassen and Judge John Anderson will explore the life of Hubert H. Peavey, to date Washburn’s only citizen to serve in the House of Representatives.  He came to town in the bust and boom years of the early 20th century.  A businessman, he joined in the commerce and governance of the city as a Washburn Council member, mayor, newspaper editor, WI assemblyman, WWI veteran and congressman.  Upon his return from Washington to Washburn, he developed and ran a fur farm, sold real estate and, from all accounts, died destitute.  

To view selected programs that were recorded in the past please visit our YouTube Channel.


A pdf of the complete list of history festival presentations can be foundhere. 

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. 
 $5 admission

Thank you to the Apostle Islands Historic Preservation for making this summer festival possible.
Covid safety practices will be observed at the festival, including distancing and masks.  Because of potential Covid variants, attendees will be asked to sign in with name and
​phone number or email.  In the unlikely event contact tracing is required, we will have the necessary information.


Tuesday, July 13, 7:30 p.m. at Harborview Event Center – Up Home on Engoe Road
A Reader’s Theater Event - This is an evening of original stories written by Harold Ekholm.  Enjoy listening to true life reminiscences of a 1940’s and early 50’s boyhood “Up Home” on Engoe Road.  Adapted and performed by Tom Mitchell and Jan Lee