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Wausau featured in Wisconsin's oldest film


WAUSAU (WAOW) -- "The Lumberjack" was filmed in Wausau one century ago.

The Marathon County Library, Marathon County Historical Society and Wisconsin Center for Film and Research worked together to bring a film screening to Wausau.

The film was made when Wausau was known for its lumber harvest.

There aren't many signs of a logging industry in downtown Wausau today, but there is a film.

Library specialists say the film is similar to a time capsule.

According Gary Gisselman, a historian at the Marathon County Historical Society, 1914 "was a time when Wausau was starting to grow up and become a big city."

He says the 16-minute-long romantic film portrays what life in Wausau was like in the 1900's.

"You can look at a still picture and get an idea," said Kathleen Kosiec, a library specialist at the Marathon County Library. "But to be able to see film from that time is absolutely incredible."

Historians say Wausau has changed a lot since the film was made.

They say, if you look closely, you might recognize a few scenes. The most recognizable may be along Wausau's riverside.

The movie screening will also feature "When You Wore a Tulip," a 1980's documentary about the making of "The Lumberjack."

"The Lumberjack" doesn't have sound. A live musician will play music at the screening.

The screening of "The Lumberjack" and "When You Wore a Tulip" will be shown at the Marathon County Center for Civic Engagement on October 25th at 3 p.m.

Admission is free.

For more information call 715-842-5750.

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