The Eau Claire area welcomed Rachel Lange as the new director of the Wisconsin Logging Museum as of January 2021.
Ms. Lange has expansive experience in the museum industry along with a Masters of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Public History and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies. She also did her undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she played rugby, a hobby she continues to enjoy, along with reading and knitting. Ms. Lange most recently worked at the Pabst Mansion and Guardian Fine Arts Services in Milwaukee.
In 86 years the Wisconsin Logging Museum has grown from two buildings to a campus of four historic buildings, a machine shed, and an interpretive center. The timber from the Northwoods of Wisconsin not only built towns across Northern Wisconsin but was used to build cities across the United States. In 2019 the Museum began work on converting the machine shed into a 4,000 square foot exhibit space to better put the work of the lumbermen into the context of their time and the impact that industry had in our community, our state, and across the country. The museum has grown beyond the buildings of the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp and so in 2020, the museum became the Wisconsin Logging Museum.