As a member of the Bonduel Community Archives (BCA for short) for several years now, I thought I would do a web page explaining a little about the group and their holdings -- this is by no means an official page for the BCA -- just my attempt at some free advertisement for a group of GREAT, HARD-WORKING VOLUNTEERS.  This Archive could possibly be one of Shawano County's BEST KEPT SECRETS!!!

A few years back on a genealogy trip, I was trying to locate church records from the Bonduel area.  When I called one of the local pastors, he told me that their old hand-written German records had been copied and translated by the BCA and that he was referring researchers to them, rather than have people handle these old frail German books.  I stopped by the archive and was amazed and impressed... binder after binder of TRANSCRIBED CHURCH BOOKS!  Baptisms, Confirmations, Marriages, Burials -- one stop shopping at its finest!!!  I also found out that they have a newsletter & "The Historian" that is published periodically just filled with great tips and info, not just Bonduel goodies, but also Pommern / Germany info as well.  I then proceeded to camp out at the archive every Wednesday and Saturday for the remainder of my trip -- not hardly enough time to take in all the records, newspapers and photos that this group of volunteers have collected.  And it's just not BONDUEL records -- they cover Advance, Briarton, Cecil, Landstad, Navarino, Zachow, and surrounding areas.

WHO:  The Bonduel Community Archives is an affiliated member of the Wisconsin Historical Society. The Bonduel Community Archives receives collections from the public; serves as a historical and genealogy research library; provides perpetual care of the collection to safeguard its condition and availability to the public; assists the public to record information of historical value; and helps interpret historical information. The BCA was started in 1991 by local people who shared an interest in preserving the old records and memories of the Bonduel area.  Since that time, they have had a house donated as their official home -- the volunteers and members pain-stakingly restored and customized this gorgeous house to be easily accessible, with plenty of room for researchers to browse their holdings.

WHAT:  Many cemetery listings and church records from the area. Has many of the local newspapers of the Bonduel Times from 1909. Family history resources include: a collection of obituaries and wedding announcements from the present newspapers and copies of family scrapbooks submitted to the archives. News clippings are sorted and filed by family name. The archives is collecting photographs of the area's first settlers and their families.

Its research library includes documents and photographs, plat books, land abstracts, family history books, newspaper articles sorted by family name, and original issues of the "Bonduel Times."  AND CHURCH BOOKS!!! There is a wall with binder after binder of TRANSCRIBED church books for most of the churches in the Bonduel area.  They even have the traveling circuit preacher's records and diaries!  And they also have copies of CEMETERY RECORDS.  Each year, the Archive holds their annual CEMETERY WALK, where the members will take on walking an entire cemetery and copying the headstones. 

Some of their records include the following (this is not a complete list!):

Angelica Episcopal/ Methodist St. John's Un. Ch. of Christ, Cecil
Christus Ev. Luth., Gillett (Hintz) St. John's Lutheran, Green Valley
Ev. Luth. Emmanuel, Landstad St. John's Lutheran, Pulcifer
Friedens Ev. Lutheran, Bonduel St. Paul Lutheran, Zachow
Hope Lutheran, Cecil St. Paul Lutheran, Bonduel
Immanuel Lutheran, White Clay Lake St. Paul Lutheran, T/ Washington
Jerusalum Lutheran, Lunds United Methodist, Marion
Our Savior's Lutheran, T/ Lessor Zion Lutheran, Zachow
Owego Lutheran, T/ Maple Grove Zion United Methodist, Bonduel
St. Jakobi, 1867-1880 Shawano  
Shawano Mission Circuit Rider 1868-1880
Hartland, Howe, Grant, Pella, Richmond, and Seneca
Seymour Mission Circuit Rider 1874-1889
Seymour, Salem, Cicero, Green Valley, Hartland, Freedom Shiocton, Pittsfield, and Osborn.
Shawano Mission Circuit Rider 1880-1904
Hartland, Seneca, Grant, Marion, Helvetia, Big Falls, Red River, Belle Plaine, DuPont, Antigo, Union.
Marion Mission: 1903-1946
Seneca, Grant, Marion, Big Falls, and Helvetia

ALSO, Cemetery Records that include...
Friedens Ev. Lutheran,
St. Paul Luth. Church,
St. Stanislaus Catholic,
Hofa Park
Shawano County Poor Farm Cemetery
St. Paul Luth. Church, Bonduel

Newspapers include: The Bonduel Times 1909-1971/Seymour Times Press 1971-1978

WHEN:  The BCA is staffed entirely by volunteers and have their doors open from 9-5 on Wednesdays and 9-4 on Saturdays.  If you are traveling a distance, I would suggest calling to verify these hours.

WHERE:  The BCA address is:
108 South First Street
P.O. Box 205
Bonduel, WI 54107
Telephone: 715-758-2687

*** UPCOMING 2009 EVENTS ***

August 2nd Pie & Ice Cream Social.
Great food and delicious home made pies.
Short annual meeting.   Held on the BCA grounds.

August 23rd: Walk in the Past.
Portrayals of local historical figures at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Bonduel, WI.  (You know this will be so very good!!!)

September 19th: Bonduel Founders Day.  Area Crafters, Church Bake Sales,
Music in the Bandstand, The BCA will be serving their delicious chili.

December 11th: BCA Bake sale at the Bonduel State Bank. Starting at 9:00 am.

If you are not in the Bonduel area, they will do xerox copies, etc. for you at VERY REASONABLE RATES.  Call them for the details.

And I've added HOW:  Public libraries are supported through taxes -- FHC's are supported through tithes & member's contributions -- The BCA receives no tax revenue support to provide this service to the community at all.  They do not charge a fee to use their facility -- it is FREE and open to the public.  It relies totally on the generosity of the public for its support -- through membership & subscription dues, donations, publications & books along with their fund raising activities.  If you are looking for a GIFT IDEA for someone that is hard-to-shop for, think about a membership to the BCA -- individual memberships start at just $15.  And be sure to check out the link to BCA BOOKSTORE for a list of some of the current books that are available at the BCA or through mail!  And, if you are interested in becoming a member, I've included the following MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION that you can print and mail in -- the BCA address is on the form.  Not only does a membership help you in your research, it also helps the volunteers to acquire & preserve more records and more data.  And be sure to check with your tax advisor if your donation to this non-profit group is tax deductible... no donation is ever too small -- all are greatly appreciated!

Some Bonduel area photographs - thanks much to Bev Fink, for the BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHS!  Please click on the thumbnails to see the LARGER DETAILED PHOTO - depending on your computer, these might take long to load but WORTH THE WAIT!  I left them LARGE so you get the feeling you are back in time right then & there.  And we welcome any photos to add to the Bonduel page!

circa 1913
East Green Bay Street, looking West to Shawano

before 1905
East Green Bay Street, Bonduel

circa 1900
Cecil & Green Bay Street - North
Rally Day
Lutz Carriage
N. Cecil Street
Building The Telephone Line F.  Freimuth Hearse / H. H. Priem 1948 Bonduel Parade - Martin Hotel -
4-H Float
East Green Bay Street, looking West to Shawano Art Labutzke, coming from Cecil - Old 117 1905
Bonduel High School & Grade School
Krueger Meat / Shuster Lutz Shoes
circa 1910
Krueger Photo Shop
Esther Zernicke,

History of Bonduel area BUSINESSES & RESIDENTS: (coming soon!)

Bonduel Hotel  

And here are some of my favorite Bonduel area postcards:
(click on the small thumbnail to see the larger original postcard)

St. Paul Luth. Zion Methodist Frieden's Ev. Luth. Pulaski Church

Bonduel Scene Angelica Bird's Eye Cecil Scene

Main Street Bonduel
Old 29 East

Main Street Bonduel
Old 117 North

Main Street
      1911 Bonduel Plat

If you have any you would like to add, just email me!

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