Manitowoc - Manitowoc History

History of Manitowoc, surrounding areas, the State of Wisconsin, and maritime history. Includes photographs, oral histories, scanned books and newsletters, and organizations.

City Directories
Images of city directories of various years. Learn More »
Der Nord-Westen
Der Nord-Westen was a German-language newspaper published weekly on Thursdays in Manitowoc from 1855-1861, and, 1865 through 1909. Harold E. Bergman selected items deemed to be of genealogical interest and translated them from the German. Items selected include: deaths, obituaries, births, birthdays (where age is mentioned), marriages, marriage licenses, anniversaries, some social items (especially those clearly showing relationships), pensions, and most military service references. Learn More »
Hermann Benke
Manitowoc owes great thanks to Hermann Conrad Benke, 1869-1946, a multi-faceted German-American who lived in the city for less than a decade but who documented the city and surrounding county in portraits and postcards for 20 years. Learn More »
History Links
Various links concerning the history of Manitowoc. Learn More »
Published by the Manitowoc County Historical Society, the Occupational Monographs are a series of articles and papers on specific topics in Manitowoc History. Learn More »
Walking Tour
This slide show will focus on Eighth Street during 1909 and 1910, drawing its order from the city directory. During that time many businesses started, grew, moved, merged, or dwindled away. The images you will see are all turn of the century photographs taken by Herman Benke, the Melendy & Packard Studio, the Glander Studio, or anonymous photographers. Learn More »