World War I Exhibit
Badger Steam Show
When? August 17, 18, 19
Where? Sand Road, Baraboo, WI
The Sauk County Historical Society will be exhibiting again this year in the Women’s Building at the Badger Steam & Gas Show grounds on Sand Road. This year’s show runs August 17, 18 and 19. Our exhibit this year will highlight Sauk County’s involvement in World War I.
Sauk County sent about 1,000 men to serve in the great war in Europe. Meanwhile on the home front, everything was not quite so patriotic. Sauk County’s large population of German descent had to come to terms with a war that often involved family members on both sides.
German books were burned in protest, neighbors became suspects, and life in Sauk County changed. In the end, Sauk County lost 58 men in the war while hundreds returned home for splendid parades and ceremonies to celebrate the end of “the war to end all wars.”