Photos: Stories behind the sculptures

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CSI Media staff | July 9, 2015

“We preserve the past, whether it be a public sculpture, a county courthouse or a Native American burial mound because the past helps to inform our present,” says Jim Draeger. “Historic sculptures commemorate community history or national events, the accomplishments of citizens or celebrate their aspirations.”

Draeger is a historic preservation officer and director of outreach with the Wisconsin Historical Society.

“They are historical markers of moments that our ancestors believed should not be forgotten,” he added. “Saving a sculpture is a statement that the traditions and values of the past matter.”

Walworth County fits that description beautifully with its dozens of public sculptures and the stories behind them.

See a photo gallery of more Walworth County statues.

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