Argonne residents invited to Community Connect!

UW-Madison Division of Extension Forest County is excited to announce a new initiative for current and former Argonne families titled Community Connect.

Community Connect meetings are informal get-togethers that offer participants the opportunity to sit down with their neighbors to discuss and plan opportunities related to preserving the history of Argonne.

The Town of Argonne will celebrate its Centennial in the year 2021 and we are hoping to use this opportunity to gather stories and information about the Town and its people over the last 100 years. Please know that this is not a Centennial event planning committee, but rather a group of people interested in documenting the history of the town, including the school, churches, industries and families that contributed to the town’s survival. UW-Madison Division of Extension’s role will be to facilitate research and storytelling in a way that allows us to preserve Argonne’s history and engage its youth in its future.

The Community Connect group will coincide with an after-school local history club that will begin in October at the Crandon School. The mission of the after-school club will be to encourage students to learn about the different local landmarks and historic people and events that shaped our area. Youth will work to develop exhibits to display within the school and community while learning research skills, communication skills, and historic preservation skills. Club members will also participate in historical tours, living history programs and lots of other fun events with a historical theme.

While both groups will work separately on projects due to scheduling concerns, the plan is to eventually have the two groups come together on a project that allows the youth to connect with adults in the community that have a shared interest.

Community Connect meetings will be held each Tuesday morning from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Argonne Town Hall.

Our first meeting will be on Tuesday, October 8th. Extension educator Michelle Gobert will be bringing various historic Argonne documents and resources from the Crandon Public Library local history room including school registers, records, photos and correspondence.

Anyone with a tie to the Argonne area, or that is interested in local history, is invited to attend.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Gobert at 715-478-7797.