Local historian Jim Bokern will be the next guest of the Boulder Junction Public Library’s Neighbor to Neighbor Program Series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Boulder Junction Community Center, 5392 Park St. Bokern will be presenting a program on the unique historic highlights of Boulder Junction.
Boulder Junction’s early history has been well documented over the decades, however, new research and source materials continue to reveal the pivotal historic role Boulder Junction played in defining our state and the larger region. Join to learn how Boulder Junction originated the models creating 5.7 million acres of public lands in Wisconsin, contributed to the solution in a nearly 100-year border dispute between Wisconsin and Michigan, and how Trout Lake nearly became an Ojibwa reservation in 1849. These, and several other unique historic highlights of Boulder Junction will further reveal our well-preserved Northwoods heritage. Importantly, links to key source materials regarding Boulder Junction history will be shared, allowing participants to continue their exploration of the rich Northwoods histories.
Bokern began teaching History at Oconto High School in 1981 and in 1986 he took the initiative to pursue his master’s degree in history at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. His thesis, “History and the Primary Canoe Routes of the Six Bands of Chippewa from the Lac Du Flambeau District,” expanded Bokern’s interests in Native American culture.
Bokern moved to a large high school in Marshfield in 1988, teaching AP U.S. History, AP U.S. Government, AP Comparative Government, team teaching with AP English Language and leading the AP program at Marshfield High School. Bokern also has lead two archeological surveys on the Manitowish Waters Chain of Lakes, co-developed the Digital Time Traveler Program at the North Lakeland Discovery Center, worked as project historian on two grants with the Lac Du Flambeau Historic Preservation Office, documented the historically significant 6 Pause Portage in Iron County, and continues active cultural research in the Lakeland area.
This presentation is part of the Friends of the Boulder Junction Public Library’s free monthly Neighbor To Neighbor program series. All members of the public are welcome to attend, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call the library at 715-385-2050.