Author Week: ‘Secret Wisconsin’

Author Week: ‘Secret Wisconsin’

A Wisconsin husband-wife duo uncovers interesting, quirky stories about Wisconsin.

A Wisconsin husband-wife duo is uncovering interesting stories in their book “Secret Wisconsin: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.”

Tom Manus and Kristi Flick Manus says the book is full of wonderful things that might not show up in a simple Google search. The two love road-tripping, and that’s how they found most of the items in “Secret Wisconsin.”

“We like quirky things, so a lot of it is quirky things that we’ve found over the years,” Tom said.

One of the northern Wisconsin “secrets” is the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum in Spooner.

“Until we found it, we had never heard of a canoe museum,” Tom said. “It’s a small museum, but it’s packed with restored canoes. And it’s one of the best museums that we’ve seen.”

Kristi’s favorite is in Luck, Wis.

“And that’s the Yo-yo Museum. Most people don’t know that yo-yos were made there exclusively for almost 40 years,” she said. “And that is a great place to take kids. They have a massive display of yo-yos. And you can try the yo-yos. And all the information you’d ever want to know about yo-yos.”

They wanted the book to be family-friendly.

“You can do everything in the entire book for $64.80,” Tom said.

Some places may accept donations or offer things for purchase. But the adventures are certainly cost-effective.

The book can be bought online and at both big retailers and local bookstores. Tom and Kristi encourage people to support local.

They will give a presentation and sign books at the WordHaven BookHouse in Sheboygan from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. They’ll also be in Spooner from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Northwind Book & Fiber.