"Hamilton Stories: An Oral History" is a six-event speaker series to celebrate and share the occupational heritage and process of making wood type, which was so important to the area. This is the third event in this series. The Hamilton Manufacturing Company started in Two Rivers, Wisconsin in 1880 and grew to become the largest manufacturer of wood type in the United States. The factory established a culture of quality, pride, and innovation in the company that affected the community for many years to come, both as a large employer for area residents as well as a lasting legacy for the area. This series will record and preserve the recollections of some of the original Hamilton employees who worked in the type cutting area at the Hamilton factory. After the talk you can print a commemorative poster to keep! If you come to every event you'll have a whole collection that tells the process of making wood type.
Lloyd Dickenshied was scheduled to speak at this event, however he is ill and will not be able to make it. Don Konop, who was Plant Manager of total wood plant will be speaking instead. We wish Lloyd well and look forward to having Don tell us about his time at the Hamilton Manufacturing Company.
Join us for a fun afternoon of living history. At this event you can:
- Listen to an interview with Don Konop as he discusses his role at Hamilton. He started by working in the wood plant as a machine hand and after many years of work and promotions he ended up as the Plant Manager of the entire wood plant.
- Print your own commemorative letterpress poster
- Share your Hamilton stories on our “Story Wall"
For more information about this project visit the site page.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.