THANK YOU from Portage County Historical Society
On behalf of the Portage County Historical Society, we want to thank the students and staff of Amherst High School for their help in presenting the April 6 “Over There; Portage County in the Great War” program at Sentry Theater. April 6, 2017 marked the 100-year anniversary of the United States entrance into what we now know as World War One. The students are certainly a credit to their school community and we hope the experience was meaningful for them.
With the help of band students and director Jolynn Wucherer and Sherry Oleson, Director of Curriculum and students, we were able to present a meaningful celebration of the role Portage County residents played on the world stage. In addition to the many residents who served in the armed forces and in the efforts on the home front, Portage County is also home to Vice Admiral Albert Weston Grant, General Edward McGlachlin, and Congressional Medal of Honor winner Clayton Slack.
Through the generosity of Sentry Insurance, the historical documentary and the readers’ theater presentation will be available to school and community groups by next fall. On Memorial Day weekend the 6 building museum exhibit in Heritage Park in Plover will open (Saturdays and Sundays 1-5 pm through Labor Day weekend). This exhibit will highlight and provide additional information on many aspects of the war, both on the front and on the home front. We invite you to come with your families to learn more about the story of “Portage County in The Great War”. At Heritage Days on the weekend of June 17-18, World War One re-enactors will visit the park to provide a fascinating look into the life of a soldier.
Tim Siebert, PCHS President; Sue Koehl, PCHS member