When the Shawano County Historical Society moved a church to Heritage Park, the church members wanted to keep everything that was in the building.
Ron Schumacher, a member of the Shawano County Historical Society, knew that St. Matthews’ Lutheran Church in Bowler was closing.
“This is the original church that I went to as a kid,” Schumacher said.
When he asked the St. Matthews board members if he could get items for the Shawano church, he was told to make a list. Then he asked them what they were going to do with the church. Hearing that they might tear it down,
Schumacher had a better idea.
“I talked to people with Bowler ties,” he said.
His goal was to have 40 Bowler alumni donate $1,000 each. They raised $13,000 and bought the church for $5,000 to make it the Bowler Area Historical Society.
St. Matthews’ Lutheran Church had their last service on Aug. 25, 2013.