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January 3, 2013
Stan and Janet Schwarze receiving the Wisconsin Governor’s Award from Lois Hagedorn, Clark Co., Wis. Register of Deeds, who nominated the website for the award.

Stan and Janet Schwarze receiving the Wisconsin Governor’s Award from Lois Hagedorn, Clark Co., Wis. Register of Deeds, who nominated the website for the award.

by Stan Schwarze

My wife and I lead a volunteer group that built and maintains a historical website for Clark County Wisconsin, where we grew up. The information on the website includes obituaries, marriage notices, anniversaries, community and township histories, individual listings for cemeteries in the county, etc.  We have had an active group collecting and transcribing material for this website for  the past 12 years. The Rochester Public Library played a significant role in making the site one worthy of receiving the 2009 Wisconsin Governors Award when it was sited as the best historical internet collection for that state.
One of the major sources of material for the website is the collection of newspapers on microfilm maintained at the Wisconsin State Historical Society in Madison.  The library has supported us by ordering, via inter-library loan, hundreds of newspaper microfilms from Madison.  We read these microfilms and make copies of the historical articles to transcribe
and display on the site.  The library has provided excellent microfilm reading/printing equipment that has made our job manageable.  We thank the library very much for the outstanding service they have provided.

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