Chetek Area Museum board members display donations to the museum collection, which includes “Charlie,” pictured in front, at left. Pictured in front, at right, is Karin Jorstad. In back are Robin Fossum, director; Debbie Skozek, president; Jennifer Nelson, vice president; Dianne Reindel, secretary; Wayne Brenholt, past president; and Duane Reischel, assistant treasurer.



While 2019 proved a successful year for the Chetek Area Museum, 2020 has been a challenge for the museum, which relies on volunteers of the Chetek Area Historical Society.

The museum is fortunate to have so many devoted volunteers and members who share a love for Chetek and its rich history. Although closed until 2021, the museum has recently acquired several new items to add to its collection. The Lutz family donated the original mortar and pestle used at its pharmacy once located downtown on Second and Knapp, along with the original pharmacy license.

In addition, Wisconsin Indian Head Country, located in Chetek, donated tourism guides from 1931 to the present. This informative collection will serve as an invaluable resource for researching tourism and businesses in the area. WIHC also donated “Charlie,” a native likeness found near Minocqua more than 50 years ago, who now resides in the museum’s gift shop.

This summer, the museum also received two Alexander Pope duck prints that resided in the Kuglin family cabin in Chetek for over 100 years.

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