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Historical information about the photographs in the Web exhibit of the Portage County Historical Society Photo Collection is taken from annotations on the photographs, and from the following sources:

Anderson, Judy.  For the love of Postcards: A Pictorial Celebration of Portage County Heritage from the Postcard Collection of John Anderson.  Stevens Point, Wisconsin : Epitaph Press, 1998. 

For the Love of Postcards is a compilation of postcards from the collection of the late John Anderson, who was director of UWSP's News Services for 27 years.  The book was published for the benefit of the Community Foundation of Portage County. The book contains 122 historic postcard reproductions that show scenes of Portage County’s past from part of the collection owned by his widow, Judy.  John Anderson collected 18,000 postcards during his lifetime.  The photographs are supplemented with text written by George Rogers, former editor of the Stevens Point Journal

Cover of For the Love of Postcards

Cover of Wendell Nelson's Houses That Grew Nelson, Wendell. Houses That Grew, Volume I: A Guide to Old Houses of Stevens Point, Wisconsin.  Amherst, Wisconsin : W. Nelson, 1984.

Wendell Nelson is a Librarian at the Portage County Public Library, and former faculty member at Winona State University and the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.  Long interested in local history, Nelson has penned articles on old houses and hotels for the Stevens Point Journal and the Portage County Gazette (see the Hometown section).  Photographs in Houses That Grew are by Patti Warner, Tom Kujawski, and the author.

Members of the Portage County Historical Society have contributed information to the collection.  Click on the link at right or below for the Society's Web site: 



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The background photo, looking North on Division Street, is the present location of one of Stevens Point's most popular ice cream spots, Belts' Soft Serv.  The photo is not dated.

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Updated: June 12, 2002