Tomahawk Area Historical Society planning summertime ‘Old Kindergarten’ reunion, open house

Courtesy of the Tomahawk Area Historical Society

TOMAHAWK – Did you or someone you know attend Kindergarten at the Old Kindergarten schoolhouse, which is now a historical museum?

If so, the Tomahawk Area Historical Society is encouraging you “to save a date” – Friday, July 5, 2024. The Historical Society is planning a Kindergarten Reunion and Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the city’s first school building and former Kindergarten that day.

All “graduates” are invited to tour Tomahawk’s Old Kindergarten and Logging Museums across the street from each other on E. Washington Ave. A picnic lunch with a brat fry fundraiser is planned. Their families and others in the community also are welcome.

Besides ongoing and special Kindergarten-related displays, the event also will feature old-time games for young and young-at-heart.

The Historical Society Reunion Planning Committee is seeking pictures of school classes and events in that building, along with memories from those school days.

“So many people we talk to attended Kindergarten in that building,” noted Kathy Tobin, one of the event’s organizers. “When we mention the reunion, there’s an immediate excitement about the event and memories begin to flow. We hope to capture some of those memories ahead of time and even more on July 5.”

Please submit any pictures and memories to the Tomahawk Area Historical Society Facebook page ( or mail to P.O. Box 655, Tomahawk, Wis., 54487. Emails and questions also can be sent to [email protected].

“Hopes are graduates will pass along the word about the reunion on their own social media,” Tobin said. “We’d really like to see a great turnout during the long holiday weekend.”

The school building was erected as a one-room school in 1888 on property donated by city founder, William Bradley. It became a Kindergarten in 1898 and continued to serve those aged students until 1980.

The Tomahawk Area Historical Society’s Old Kindergarten museum is located on E. Washington Ave. near Washington Square Park.
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