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Stands Before His People | History Speaks

February 4 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Our February History Speaks program will be presented by author Verne Pickering who will share the story of Enmegahbowh, from about 1813 to 1901. Discover the life and legacy of Enmegahbowh, the first Ojibwe Episcopalian priest in the United States who, during the turbulent frontier days of the 1800s, worked for peace, opportunity, and cooperation among peoples. He spoke both Ojibwe and English, lived among the Ojibwe, endeavored as a Christian missionary, and participated in the politics of relations and treaties between the Ojibwe, the U.S. government, and the settlers who desired land to log and farm.
Pickering’s recent book Stands Before His People (written with Stephen Schaitberger) makes extensive use of the written record left by Enmegahbowh to reconstruct his notable life and legacy. Pickering began his writing career creating engineering documents. The first book he published was Hatley: History of a Central Wisconsin Village, written in collaboration with his brother, Donald Pickering. Verne lives in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

This History Speaks program is presented live at 2pm at the Woodson History Center (410 McIndoe Street, Wausau), in conjunction with the Marathon County Public Library. The presentation will be recorded and available digitally on Facebook and YouTube within a few days of the live program (along with many of our past programs).


February 4
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Marathon County Historical Society

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