The Hanneman Archive is a project of Joe Hanneman, a writer, editor and marketer with more than 30 years of experience. The Archive started as a small project helping Hanneman’s father, David D. Hanneman, with his 55th high school reunion at Mauston High School in Wisconsin.

When the senior Hanneman became ill with cancer in 2006, he entrusted his family history collection to his son and asked that the material be shared. Thus the Hanneman Archive was born. David Hanneman died on April 14, 2007 at age 74.

Joe Hanneman

In 2010, Joe Hanneman chronicled his father’s battle with cancer in a book, The Journey Home: My Father’s Story of Cancer, Faith and Life-Changing Miracles. The Journey Home is available at Amazon.com. The book and The Hanneman Archive project are dedicated to David D. Hanneman, for his love of history and family. He no doubt received that penchant for history from his parents, the late Carl F. Hanneman and Ruby V. (Treutel) Hanneman. Thankfully for us, they were savers and pack-rats.

Joe Hanneman has been writing compelling human-interest stories for more than 30 years as a magazine editor, newspaper reporter, owner of a small communications business and a marketing director. He has interviewed and written about war heroes, pioneers, best-selling authors, cancer survivors, medical researchers, governors, priests and presidential hopefuls.

During his career, Hanneman has reported and written for the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison and the The Journal Times of Racine. He previously served as a Wisconsin-based freelance correspondent for The Chicago Tribune. At the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, he wrote, edited and designed the university’s alumni magazine, Perspective.

Hanneman is also the creative force behind Treasured Lives, a family history and investigative journalism company. Treasured Lives helps individuals, organizations and companies with history projects from beginner to the complex.

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  1. Dear Joe Hanneman,

    I am sorry I am contacting you through the comment section, but there is no contact email or phone number. You can delete this message if you like.

    I am the op-ed editor at The Art of Polemics Magazine: http://www.theartofpolemics.com . We are a small online publication but we also have a sporadic e-zine. We found some of your family history pieces really enticing, namely “RARE 1911 MANUAL SHOWS TEACHER’S LOOK AT LIFE AT VESPER GRADED SCHOOL”. We are very much interested in individual and personal narratives, and we would like to re-publish that particular in our magazine.

    We are non-profit and consist only of a handful of writers, so we are looking for good historical pieces. We cannot offer and financial merit for your website, but we can offer a link back to it, as well as a Full Author Description.

    Contact me at op-ed@theartofpolemics.com

    Aaron Watts
    Op-ed Editor
    The Art of Polemics


    1. Thanks for the kind words. I noticed that you read my post about my three uncles in World War II. Uncle Earl, the U.S. Marine, was based in New Zealand during the war. The Marines loved the people of New Zealand. He even returned there in the 1970s to tour the country. I might just have to write about NZ and the U.S. military.

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      1. I’d like to read that. My family came here from the UK in the 1960s, so I have no sense of New Zealand’s war, although I believe there was a documentary made recently about US soldiers stationed here. Cheers, Su.
        PS: Thanks for following ZimmerBitch too 🙂

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      2. Hi Joe. Just popped over to say thanks for following ZimmerBitch and noticed this exchange. The Auckland Museum has digitized a whole bunch of photos of US servicemen that were taken by a Kiwi photographer while the guys were stationed near Auckland before being shipped out to the Pacific theatre in WWII. None of the photos has been captioned, and the museum is putting out the word, trying to find people whose loved ones were stationed here, to see if anyone recognises any of the men. This probably sounds a bit convoluted — I shouldn’t blog before my morning coffee. Anyway, I wondered if you had networks that you could alert to the photos. They are all on the Auckland Museum website http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/collections-research/collections/explore-highlights/american-soldiers-in-new-zealand-during-wwii. Many thanks. Su

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  2. The Kiwis took the Marines into their homes and basically adopted the Corps during their time in New Zealand. I have a letter somewhere in my archive from a lady who wrote home to my grandmother in Wisconsin to fill her in on how my uncle was doing. I’ve added it to my list of future posts.


    1. I will check out the photo collection. My uncle was with the 2nd U.S. Marine Division. I’ll work up a blog post on this photo collection. Thanks for the tip! By the way, that photo you posted of chickpea fritters made me hungry!


  3. Are you by any chance related to Warren Joseph Hanneman ? They lived in South Dakota -Iowa -Wisconsin 1890 -1940’s?


    1. I have some information in my files related to this Hanneman family line. I believe they are from the same Hanneman tree that emigrated from Pomerania to Wisconsin starting in the 1860s, but as of yet I don’t have proof. The Hanneman family that originally settled in rural Marathon County moved to Lake County, South Dakota and other nearby areas. There were also Hanneman enclaves in Nebraska and Iowa. My father’s line emigrated to Portage and Wood counties (Wisconsin) between 1861 and 1882.


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