Manitowoc-Two Rivers

Segments look how the geography and resources contributed to its early settlement; how schooner building created opportunities; the establishment of one of the first U.S. Life Saving Stations on the Great Lakes; the expansion of the Holly Wood Type Company; the founding of the Manitowoc Aluminum Novelty Company; the roles in manufacturing products for the WWII war effort; and how these towns are adapting to new needs and new industries today.

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Video Segments and Teaching Resources

Segment Summaries  |  Elementary  |  Middle School  |  High School  |  Manitowoc Submarine Scrapbook  |  PowerPoint Slideshow

Credits: Deana Collins (Two Rivers Public Schools), Cory Erlandson (Manitowoc Public School District), Joanne Graff (Two Rivers Public Schools), Angela Janda (Manitowoc Public School District), Dennis Larsen (Manitowoc Public School District), Jean Lockington (Two Rivers Public Schools), Wendy Lutzke (Wisconsin Maritime Museum), and Sandy Olszewski (Two Rivers Public Schools)

Segment 1: Intro (01:39)
Follow the evolution of the city at the junction of three rivers.

Segment 2: Early History (06:14)
The three rivers gave life to the city in the middle of driftless area.

Segment 3: Oneota (05:08)
The ancient Oneota culture formed a densely populated area in La Crosse.


Segment 4: Steam (08:50)
Steamboats, steam engines and steam-powered sawmills drove the economy to prosperity.

Segment 5: Medicine Men (10:10)
Adolf Gundersen arrived in La Crosse from Norway and revolutionized medical care in town.

Segment 6: Reinvention (10:36)
La Crosse became an industrial town after the decline of the lumber industry.

Segment 7: College Town (04:22)
The growth of its colleges La Crosse's adaptation to the post-lumber economy.

Segment 8: Ebb & Flow (09:30)
Revitalized La Crosse is characterized by high tech and higher education.