Since it was first created by the indigenous people of this land some one thousand years ago, the Man Mound has been the site for an untold number of gatherings and ceremonies. The event held at the Man Mound celebrated its designation by the National Park Service as Wisconsin’s 43rd National Historic Landmark. This federal designation recognizes the special significance of the Man Mound as an important place which portrays and interprets the broad and long history of the land which is now the United States.
The Man Mound National Historic Landmark Gathering featured exhibits from organizations involved with the preservation and on-going care of the Man Mound such as the Sauk County Historical Society and the Wisconsin Archeological Society. Exhibits focused on the three other National Historic Landmarks in Wisconsin related to indigenous peoples - Aztalan, Copper Culture State Park and Silver Mound, as well as the three other National Historic Landmarks in Sauk County including the Aldo Leopold Shack, Van Hise Rock and the Ringling Brothers Circus Winter Quarters. Other exhibits included the Ho-Chunk Nation and Effigy Mounds National Monument. There was a formal presentation to mark the new National Historic Landmark designation with speakers from the Ho-Chunk Nation, the National Park Service and the Wisconsin Historical Society. A special part of this presentation was a performance by a Ho-Chunk Drum Group. The presentation included the unveiling of new interpretive panels and the National Historic Landmark plaque.
Although the Man Mound is always available for visits throughout the year, the Man Mound National Historic Landmark Gathering will provide a special opportunity to learn about the Man Mound and other effigy mounds in this area, as well as the National Historical Landmark program. Participants can also engage with people and organizations that are actively involved with caring for the cultural and natural heritage of this land, and to show respect for the Man Mound as a thousand-year-old cultural landmark. The event was sponsored by the Sauk County UW Extension, Arts & Culture Committee, Sauk County Parks Department, the Ho-Chunk Nation and the Sauk County Historical Society.
People Are the Fabric of Our Community, a project of the Baraboo Public Art Association, recently honored Sauk County Historical Society Executive Director, Paul Wolter, with a portrait on the wall of the former Spurgeon’s department store. Artist Kelly Meredith created the murals, which number 23 to date. The project’s objectives are to beautify Baraboo and celebrate its heritage. The honorees are persons who have contributed to the enhancement of the city and devoted their time and talents to make it a better place to live. From the left are, Paul Wolter, his wife, Anne, and Sharon McArthur, who helped nominate Wolter.