Spencer’s Historical Secretary shares the story of William Kobs, at the Memorial Day Discovery Walk in St. John’s/Trinity Lutheran Cemetery near Spencer. Photo by Kris Leonhardt

By Kris Leonhardt

CLARK COUNTY – Clark County Museums is gearing up for what is expected to be an active summer season.

The Spencer Area Historical Society kicked off the season with its Memorial Day Discovery Walk, held at St. John’s/Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, north of Spencer.

The idea for the walk came from another company in the area and is one of the ways local companies are mobilizing area residents this summer.

“(My wife) Sharon noticed it in the journal of the Wausau Historical Society, or the Marathon County Historical Society. They were going to have it at the cemetery on Grand Avenue in there – this big big cemetery. So , she went and I think one of the other girls went with her, and they were so impressed because people were even dressed up in those days and, some of them had stuff from their grandfathers or people they knew,” said Jerry Kobs, secretary of the Spencer Area Historical Society.

“So she brought that back and worked with it for a while, and wanted to know what the other historical people here in our group thought, and we all thought that was a good idea. Let’s try. You know, the first one we had rain so we didn’t have many people. But last year we had a very nice crowd.

“We were going to try to do West Spencer Cemetery for a year and then come back here and do Trinity Lutheran Cemetery and North Church Cemetery, which are together.”

After a few years of stagnation, the company is looking forward to an active season.

“This spring we had a few groups that have come and visited the historical society – the museum – they were very impressed with what we did with it,” Kobs said.

“Now more people are coming out, especially the older generation who will hopefully bring more people into the museum…”

The Spencer Society Museum is located at 117 E. Clark, Spencer.

“We have changed our hours. We will try to have parties; we are the second Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and the fourth Wednesday of the month and this coordinates with the same opening hours of the library. So we hope people who come to the library will give it a try,” Kobs added.

For more information, find the Spencer Area Historical Society on Facebook.

Other Clark County museums to check out:

Stanley Area Historical Society Museum

Saturdays, Sundays, 1-4 p.m., June through Labor Day, 228 Helgerson Street, Stanley. For more information, contact 715-644-0464.

Reed School Tours

Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June through Labor Day at US Hwy 10 and Cardinal Ave, Neillsville. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ReedSchoolHistoric.

Visits to the tufts museum

Heritage Days Saturday or by appointment at 26 Hewett St., Neillsville. For more information, contact 715-743-3346.

Colby Rural Arts Museum

Sundays, June through Labor Day, at North First St., Colby. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/RuralArtsMuseum.

1897 Clark County Jail Museum

Second and fourth Sundays, 1-4 p.m., June through Labor Day, 215 E 5th St, Neillsville. For more information visit www.1897clarkcountyjailmusem.com.

Branstiter Museum

Don Branstiter built the museum in 1980 to house his many collections, which include 38 miniature vintage cars, coins dating back to 1934, 238 toy tractors, old tools used in early dairy and forestry production, stamps and photographs.

The museum is located at 600 S. Main St., Greenwood. Open from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. the first Sunday of July, August, September.


The museum is located at 307 W Birch St., Thorp. For more information, call 715-773-0102.


The museum is located at 510 N Gwinn St, Loyal. For more information, call 715-255-8124.

The Spencer Area Historical Society will change its hours for the 2022 summer season. Photo by Kris Leonhardt

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