Voyageur Magazine Joins the Social Networking Frenzy!

Greetings, and for our first time visitors, welcome to Voyageur Magazine’s new website! Our new website has been up and running for a few months now, but we wanted to make you aware of Voyageur’s other two web presences on Facebook and Twitter.

Our Facebook page features basic information on the magazine and its history. You will also find cover images and contents of all our past issues, staff photos, and images and information covering each issue’s development process. A semi-weekly feature found on our Facebook page is “History Talk,” where we do things like spotlight a historical society or museum in Voyageur’s 26-county coverage area, talk about ways you can become involved in local history yourself, or highlight an area personality, event or historic location.

We want our Facebook page to be a way for Voyageur fan and readers to interact with us by posting historic images and letting us know your thoughts on the magazine and Northeast Wisconsin’s history in general. Please “Like” us on Facebook, and make sure to recommend us to all your Facebook friends as well! Click on the following link to navigate Voyageur Magazine Facebook page.

Voyageur Magazine is also on Twitter, where we will make announcements regarding upcoming issues and also “tweets” about past issues and articles. You can find us on Twitter under the name, “VoyageurMag.”

About Voyageur

Voyageur is a nonprofit magazine about the history of a 26-county area of greater Northeast Wisconsin. It's published twice a year, each June and December. Publication frequency is Summer/Fall and Winter/Spring. Each 64-page edition highlights historic people, places and events from the region's past. Voyageur has a readership of 10,000. It's distributed to homes, schools, libraries, businesses and other locations throughout Wisconsin, in nearly all fifty states and overseas. Voyageur has published two issues a year since its beginning in 1984. The magazine is published by the Brown County Historical Society in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and St. Norbert College in De Pere.

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