Sweet Landmarks 2021 is here!

  • We are excited to announce that our Sweet Landmarks Gingerbread Contest is here once again- and in person!

Saturday, December 4, 2021
Woodson History Center –  in conjunction with Marathon County Historical Society’s Holidays at the Houses event  

Click here for full rules and entry form  

Youth and adults are invited to bring a building made entirely of edible items, the majority of which is gingerbread, but can include candies, herbs, and other food items. The only part that can be non-edible is the base of the entry. Entries must represent an architectural style such as Victorian, Neo-Gothic, Commercial, Bungalow or Ranch. Bonus points will be awarded if the structure represents a local building such as the Grand Theater or your own house. 

Entries must be brought to the Woodson History Center on Saturday, December 4 between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm (noon). There will be three age categories child (up to age 11), youth (12-17), and adult (18 and over). Teams are allowed, but the prize money will be split among team members . 

Judging, by three local judges, will follow immediately, with awards to be announced at about 1:00 pm. Prizes in each division are $50 for first place, $25 for second place and $15 for third place.

Entries will remain on display at the Woodson History Center through the holidays following the contest, until Thursday, December 30, 2021. The gingerbread buildings will be open for viewing during Woodson History Center’s business hours (Tuesday-Friday 9:00 am-4:30 pm; Saturday-Sunday 1:00-4:30 pm.



Architecture Ambles Are Back!

Summer is here and we are ready to head out! Mark your calendars and join us each month to explore a different neighborhood. As always our tours are FREE!

June 29 at 6:30 pm – The Southeast Side Neighborhood with Gary
July 27 at 6:30 pm – Grand Avenue and Division Street with Christine
August 31 at 6:30 pm- Franklin Hill area with Patrick
September 28 at 6:30 pm – To be determined

Each walk will be limited to the first 25 people to check in at the table that will be located at the start of each tour.

Be sure to wear good walking shoes as walks may include uneven surfaces and may be a mile or more in length.



Attention Gingerbread Architects! Grab your best gingerbread recipe and all the candies you can find – Sweet Landmarks 2020 is here..

This year we are going virtual – but you still get to eat all the candies you want.  All the building rules are the same- just the final presentation has changed.

Complete your building and have your video tour of your creation to us by December 2 at 5:00 pm.

All the rules are at this link. 




Attention Gingerbread Architects! Sweet Landmarks 2019 is coming!

Our third annual gingerbread contest, held in conjunction with Marathon County Historical Society’s Christmas at the Houses, is coming up December 7, 2019 at the Woodson History Center.

There are a whole lot of cool houses in your neighborhood that would look great with gingerbread walls, ice cream cone trees, sugar windows, and some licorice decorations. Or maybe a church downtown with candy colored stained glass windows? So many structures and so many candies to choose from….

Full details, rules and registration are available with a click here.



Architecture Ambles 2019!

We have a full schedule of free tours this summer! Mark your calendars for the last Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm. Grab your walking shoes and join us for:

Stewart Avenue – Westside of Wausau    Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30 pm

Meet at the parking lot on the corner of Second Avenue & Callon Street. Parking available in lot.

A neighborhood changed by realignment of Stewart Avenue, home to the normal school and Marathon Park.


The East Hill District                Wednesday, July 31 at 6:30 pm

Tour starts and ends at Stewart Park. Includes steep hills and uneven ground. Parking on nearby streets.

One of Wausau’s two official historic districts. Large homes abound, and even one cobblestone street remains.


Southeast Side                Wednesday, August 28 at 6:30 pm

Meeting place TBD. Parking available on nearby streets.

Wausau’s second planned neighborhood created in the 1920s and a favorite of mid-century builders.


Always free and open to all ages! All tours are rain or shine. Routes may include uneven ground, please wear good walking shoes.

Wausau Architecture Presentation & Short Meeting

Monday,  February 26
7:00 pm
Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe Street, Wausau

We will have a brief business meeting of Friends of Wausau Historic Landmarks of about 15 minutes, followed by our presentation.

“Architectural Styles in the Wausau Area” by Gary Gisselman and Christine Martens. This will be an in-depth look at the Neo-classical Revival and Bungalow styles of architecture, and examples of both styles found in Wausau.

Come and learn about the organization and take a  walk through some great area architectural examples in Wausau without having to brave the cold!

Open to all.

QR Code Coolness

A new project by EGL student Matt Raguse has given people a whole new way to explore the history of Wausau using QR Codes. His first QR Code was posted on the 400 Block in the new event posting sign.

When the QR code is scanned a person is given a glimpse of a location’s past as they see the location’s present view. All that is needed to check it out  is a free QR Code scanning app downloaded to your smartphone.

This is the beginning of his project, which will eventually include Barker and Stewart Island, Woodson House, and Yawkey House. Many more sites will be included as the project expands.