Sixth graders checking out the Woodville Historical Society Museum as they studied the history of their local community. Submitted photo
Sixth graders checking out the Woodville Historical Society Museum as they studied the history of their local community. Submitted photo

Submitted by Debby Walters

WOODVILLE, WI -- As Viking Middle School (VMS) 6th graders studied United States history during the school year, they concentrated on our country’s history during and since the Civil War. 

It is important to know the events that have affected our country but it is also important to know the history of the local community and the events that shaped it.  As a conclusion to the 6th graders’ history lessons, the Woodville Historical Society set up a local history afternoon for an informative Woodville History Walk. 

Sixth graders toured the Historical Society museum on Woodville’s Main Street, Sue Lohmeier and Peggy Rode provided insight to the exhibits there.  Students viewed exhibits and answered questions about them. 

Another station was the original bank building currently owned by Bev and Larry Albrightson. Being locked in the safe is always a highlight of this stop.  Janet and Steve Aaby shared pictures of River Street and memories of growing up in Woodville at the Post Office corner.  John Terkelsen and Bart Hoekstra covered Woodville in the 1950s plus the Korean Conflict. 

School days and more were revisited with the students by Karen Niccum and Lucille Lund.  Debby Walters talked about the early days of Kelly’s Switch and the beginnings of Woodville.  The presenters were impressed by the attentiveness of the students on a beautiful spring day.

The Woodville Historical Society strives to collect, preserve, and disseminate materials and information relating to the history of Woodville.  Membership is open to anyone interested in Woodville and in financially supporting this mission.