Since members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association began the Press Forest south of Eagle River in 1958, they have been honoring the memory of those who have contributed to the advancement of journalism in Wisconsin.
When the tradition began, the names of deceased member publishers were printed on press plates and hung from wooden structures. Families, friends and members of the newspaper industry would travel to the area each year to pay tribute.
Over time, the names began to fade. In 2014, a more permanent monument was erected on the Trees For Tomorrow campus. WNA Memorial Grove consists of five granite pylons and several benches that provide visitors a place to reflect. The effort was made possible by donor contributions and the sponsorship of the WNA Foundation.
Members continue to honor former publishers each year at a ceremony during the Trees Retreat and by visiting the Memorial Pylon throughout the year.
The names of every publisher who has been memorialized on the pylon are listed below in alphabetical order. Use the arrows to scroll between pages or use the search feature to locate publishers by name, newspaper or the year they were added to the pylon. Click a name or photo for more information about the publisher.
The WNA has complete profiles and photos of honorees who have been added to the pylon since 2007, but we would love to include more! If you have photos, profile information or an obituary for any of the publishers listed below, contact WNA Membership & Communications Director Julia Hunter.