(Courtesy Portage County Historical Society)

Historical Society releases book on women’s athletics

By Patrick Lynn

Plover — The Portage County Historical Society has unveiled “We Just Wanted to Play: The Story of Women’s Athletics in Portage County,” a new book complementing its current featured exhibit.

The book was inspired by the exhibit, currently on display at Heritage Park historic site in Plover.

The book allows visitors to delve deeper into the extraordinary stories of women athletes from Portage County beyond the exhibit’s summer conclusion.

“This exhibit has sparked intergenerational interest, with mothers and grandmothers bringing their families to witness how they championed sports equality in our region,” said PCHS Executive Director John Harry. “The book ensures our guests can continue celebrating these remarkable stories long after the exhibit ends.”

The book is available for purchase at the General Store Gift Shop at Heritage Park, located at 2700 Madison Avenue in Plover. The store and exhibit are open Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this summer, except the week of July 4.

About the Portage County Historical Society

Founded in 1952, the Portage County Historical Society educates and preserves the history of Portage County. The Society operates Beth Israel Synagogue and Fire House No. 2 in Stevens Point, Heritage Park in Plover, and the Rising Star Mill in Nelsonville. Throughout the year, the Society offers tours and educational programs.