The Wisconsin 101 Project has added the Door County Bookmobile to its list of historical objects that help to tell the story of Wisconsin. Wisconsin 101: Our History in Objects shares a community’s interesting and important historical objects through an interactive website. The project is spearheaded by the Wisconsin Historical Society and the University of Wisconsin – Madison Department of History.
The Wisconsin 101 board cited the Bookmobile’s role in spurring reading and literacy in rural Door County cut across the diverse regional, cultural, economic and political differences of our state, providing a rich sense of our shared heritage.
The Bookmobile began bringing books to children and residents at schools, rural corners, and main streets in 1950 as part of the Door-Kewaunee Regional Library Demonstration.
Visit WI101.org to explore Wisconsin historical objects, including an interactive map of the objects added so far.
“We are very excited about this new designation as we continue restoration of the Bookmobile,” said Myles Dannhausen Sr., president of the Egg Harbor Historical Society. “Once restored, we will take history on the move with the Bookmobile and share the stories of our past through exhibits, artifacts and programs.”
To contribute to the Bookmobile restoration effort, visit eggharborwi.com.