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A new monthly feature: Trivia!

This month's trivia question:

Q. - In the winter of 1839, local voters (male inhabitants living between Butte des Morts and Lake Winnebago) agreed to name their small settlement “Oshkosh” in honor of Chief Oshkosh, the Menominee tribal leader. Prior to that evening, the south side of the Fox River, the area north of the river and the land surrounding Oshkosh Avenue all had separate names. What were these three names?

A. - The south side of the Fox River was known as Brooklyn. The area north of the river was named Athens; and the land surrounding Oshkosh Avenue was referred to as Algoma.

If you’d like to learn more about Oshkosh’s rich history including weird facts and trivia, visit the Local History tab of the library’s web site. A special collection of Oshkosh history books is located on the library's Second Floor. 

Get to know others who share an interest in history. Connect with the Winnebago County Historical and Archeological Society on their Facebook page


November's trivia question:

Q. - What Little Golden Book is the world's bestselling children's book?

A: The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey (1942). One of the original twelve Little Golden Books, the tale of a mischievous pup went on to become the bestselling children’s book of all time.

October's trivia question:

Q. - How many Grimm brothers were there?

A. - There were eight Grimm brothers and one Grimm sister; however only Jacob and Wilhelm collected and published folktales. They lived together until Wilhelm’s death in 1859 and both worked as librarians and university professors.


September's trivia question:

Q. – What is the name of Harry’s Potter’s pet owl?

A. - Hedwig

Did you know that September marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first book in the Harry Potter series? Celebrate this milestone by downloading your favorites and reading them again - or for the first time! Download here.

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