Manitowoc-Two Rivers

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Wisconsin Hometown Stories Series

Segments look how the geography and resources contributed to its early settlement; how schooner building created opportunities; the establishment of one of the first U.S. Life Saving Stations on the Great Lakes; the expansion of the Holly Wood Type Company; the founding of the Manitowoc Aluminum Novelty Company; the roles in manufacturing products for the WWII war effort; and how these towns are adapting to new needs and new industries today.

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Segment Summaries  |  Elementary  |  Middle School  |  High School  |  Manitowoc Submarine Scrapbook  |  PowerPoint Slideshow

Credits: Deana Collins (Two Rivers Public Schools), Cory Erlandson (Manitowoc Public School District), Joanne Graff (Two Rivers Public Schools), Angela Janda (Manitowoc Public School District), Dennis Larsen (Manitowoc Public School District), Jean Lockington (Two Rivers Public Schools), Wendy Lutzke (Wisconsin Maritime Museum), and Sandy Olszewski (Two Rivers Public Schools)

Segment 1: Trees and Fish (07:19)
Geography and resources influenced early settlement and economy of Manitowoc-Two Rivers.
Segment 2: Schooners & Steamers (07:54)
With Lake Michigan being the main transportation route, maritime industry grew rapidly.
Segment 3: Wreck and Rescue (06:24)
One of the first Life Saving Service stations on the Great Lakes was built at Two Rivers.
Segment 4: Making Headlines (08:03)
Manitowoc - Two Rivers becomes the biggest supplier of wooden type in the nation.
Segment 5: Vits’ College of Aluminum Knowledge (07:53)
The aluminum manufacturing era starts with the efforts of Joseph Koenig and Henry Vit.
Segment 6: Home Front (06:51)
The area's industries made many contributions to the war effort, including submarines.
Segment 7: Waves (09:04)
Manitowoc and Two Rivers strive to meet the challenges of today's new global market.