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“Unique Historic Highlights of Boulder Junction” with Jim Bokern
June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Boulder Junction’s early history has been well documented over the decades. However, new research and source materials continue to reveal the pivotal historic role Boulder Junction played in defining our state and the larger region. Join us on Thursday, June 17 at 7:00 pm at the Boulder Junction Community Center Lions Club Pavilion to learn how Boulder Junction: originated the models creating 5.7 million acres of public lands in Wisconsin, contributed to the solution in a nearly 100-year border dispute between Wisconsin and Michigan, and how Trout Lake nearly became an Ojibwa reservation in 1849. These, and several other unique historic highlights of Boulder Junction will further reveal its well-preserved Northwood’s heritage.
Jim Bokern began teaching History at Oconto High School in 1981 and in 1986 he took the initiative to pursue his Master’s Degree in History at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. His thesis, “History and the Primary Canoe Routes of the Six Bands of Chippewa from the Lac Du Flambeau District” expanded Bokern’s interests in Native American culture. Bokern moved to a large high school in Marshfield, Wisconsin in 1988, teaching AP US History, AP US Government, AP Comparative Government, team teaching with AP English Language and leading the AP program at Marshfield High School until his retirement in 2015. Bokern also has led two archeological surveys on the Manitowish Waters Chain of Lakes, co-developed the Digital Time Traveler Program at the North Lakeland Discovery Center, worked as project historian on two grants with the Lac Du Flambeau Historic Preservation Office, documented the historically significant 6 Pause Portage in Iron County, and continues active cultural research in the Lakeland area while serving as the President of the Manitowish Waters Historical Society.
This free program is sponsored by the Boulder Junction Public Library and the Boulder Junction Area Historical Society. Refreshments will be served. There are benches in the pavilion, but guests may also bring their own lawn chairs. Bug spray is recommended. For more information, call the library at 715-385-2050.