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The Buffalo County Training School
The Buffalo County Training School began classes in 1902 in this building which now houses the Alma Area Museum.
This is a round barn on the Herold bluff.
Many barns sit idle these days. At one time there were a number of round barns in the county. This one was on the Herold bluff. Photo courtesy MaryAnn Hurlburt
This threshing crew is ready to move in the Praag area
Note that the stack is in front of this machine. E. F. Ganz once wrote that \\\"The machines were kept going into the winter as long as deep snow allowed for stack threshing. To lug an outfit from one valley to another on bobs was not less common than for a man to carry a borrowed breaking plow across the bluffs on his back.\\\" Photo courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Wilferd Schaub
The Huber buffalo herd from Rose Valley, near Cochrane
The Huber brothers brought a buffalo bull back from the West by using a buckboard with the floor removed as a travelling corral. This bull helped them form the only buffalo herd in the county since the white man had appeared in 1839. Prior to that, Father Louis Hennepin had named the Buffalo River when he was taken past it in 1680 and saw buffalo near the mouth of the river.
Real horsepower was often used in Buffalo County
Horsepower was used to move a building in Gilmanton. The structure is still used for the post office. Photo courtesy Velva Molland
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You can buy tickets for this event below! The event is July 16th, but we need tickets to be purchased by July 7th, so please order soon!
In 2015, we celebrate 35 years of preserving and sharing Buffalo County's rich history. To honor the work we have done in the past and continue to do into the future, we have unveiled our new Heritage Speaker Series. This is a series of 10 events beginning March 19th and ending November 12th. These events are being held in addition to our usual annual meeting, Buffalo County Fair exhibition, and Backroads Tour. Thanks to the support of Marten Transport and other sponsors, we are bringing Buffalo County history programs to all parts of the county. Our programs will be in locations like Cochrane, Nelson, Waumandee, Gilmanton, and more! The schedule of all the 2015 events is listed below, but watch the website and our Facebook page for more details, and even more events, as events get closer.
June 27, 2:00 p.m.
“American Indians in Buffalo County w/Max Bachhuber
@Howard Library (Gilmanton Town Hall)
July 16, 6:00 meal, 7:00 speakers
“Growing up in Waumandee” w/Kenny Salwey and Orlin Brommer
July 30-August 2
BUFFALO COUNTY FAIR
Speakers at 2 and 5p.m. on Friday and Saturday
@Buffalo County Fairgrounds BCHS Exhibit
August 20, 7:00 p.m.
“NWA Plane Crash of 1948” w/Local Speakers
@Fountain City Auditorium
September 3, 7:00 p.m.
“Nelson School History” w/Kelly Herold
@Nelson Village Hall
Lyster Lutheran Church and Modena Area
October 17, 1:00 Meal, 2:00 Speaker
“BCHS 35th Birthday Party” w/ Michael William Doyle, BCHS’ First Director
@Suncrest Gardens Farm, Jaeger Valley
November 5, 6—8:30 p.m.
“Genealogy Open House” w/ Vickie Schnitzler, Wisconsin State Genealogical Society President
@Buffalo County Courthouse
November 12, 7:00 p.m.
“75th Anniversary of Armistice Day Storm” w/ John Steffes, author of Wings in the Wind