Seven Events, One Day: Saturday, Nov. 5th

You might not be able to be in two places at once, but we hope you’ll be able to attend at least one of these great events, all of which are happening on Saturday, November 5, 2016 around the state! Click on the titles of the events listed below for more information:

 

Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen

Join us for a hands-on cooking workshop based on the 19th century lifestyle.

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Villa Louis, Prairie du Chien

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Swedish American Genealogy

Join this all-day workshop to learn about the bases of Swedish genealogical research.

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Memorial Library, Madison

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Old World Foundation’s Dog Walk for the Animals

Stroll the scenic grounds of Old World Wisconsin with your leashed, friendly dog.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Old World Wisconsin, Eagle

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The Sterling North Book Festival

Author Scott Knickelbine from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press will have a booth and a signing table for his new book The Great Peshtigo Fire.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Edgerton High School, Edgerton

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Jerry and Steve Apps Bring Their Roshara Journal to Wild Rose

Father and son author duo, Steve and Jerry Apps, will be giving a talk and signing copies of their new book Roshara Journal.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose

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Hungry for History: The Flavor of Wisconsin

Author Terese Allen will be giving a talk on food, culture, and history of the supper club.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Time Out Sports Bar and Grill, Manitowoc

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Hearthside Dinners

Enjoy a delicious hearth-cooked meal, prepared with your own hands, in the historic Wade House stagecoach hotel.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Wade House, Greenbush

 

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Some Bought Antiques. Others Donated Their Own!

Thanks very much to the Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association for providing the FRIENDS with a booth in the center hallway at their fall antiques show at the Waukesha County Expo Center on the 7th and 8th of this month! Visitors could make tax-deductible donations of vintage and antique items for our next benefit auction, to be held in 2018.

And likewise, thanks very much to those who stopped by and made donations! We appreciate it, and remember: your donations help keep history alive!

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You didn’t have to be there to donate, of course; to make your tax-deductible donation of vintage (50-99 years old) and antique (100+ years old) items, contact Riene Wells at 262-363-4700 or info@eagle-house.com.

And take note: the next Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association antiques expo is on February 3rd and 4th, 2017.

 

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A Curtain Call for the 2016 Autumn Excursion

Q: How could entertainment be even MORE entertaining?

A: If it is delivered FWHS-style!

Another Autumn Excursion, sponsored by the Friends of the Wisconsin Historical Society (FWHS), has delighted participants with a fascinating look at the entertainment history of the Badger State. This year’s FWHS tour, “That’s Wisconsin Entertainment,” took place on September 21-23 and provided backstage stops and educational tours of many of the state’s iconic entertainment venues.

Day 1 of the Autumn Excursion included a viewing of some of the fascinating collection of the UW’s Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research housed at the Wisconsin Historical Society; lunch at the historic Union House in Genesee Depot; a special tour of the historic American entertainment gathering place Ten Chimneys; a buffet of German cuisine and accordion music at Best Place; and an insiders’ tour of the historic Pabst Brewery.

On our second day of the 2016 Autumn Excursion, we experienced stops in Milwaukee at the iconic Oriental Theater (one of America’s grandest movie palaces); Turner Hall with an insiders’ tour of the bar room, restaurant, historic ballroom, and innovative gymnasium; and finally a special guided tour of the opulent and magnificent Pabst Theater. We then traveled north to Appleton’s History Museum at the Castle where we were entertained by The Great Rondini and viewed the AKA Houdini exhibit in the museum. Our day concluded with a scrumptious dinner at the Del-Bar in Lake Delton.

On our last day of the tour, we visited Baraboo and its historic entertainment venues. We saw the magnificently restored Al Ringling Theater and were entertained with music from the theater’s Barton Pipe Organ. Around the block at the Al Ringling Mansion, we were amazed as owner Joe showed us the efforts to restore and refurbish the mansion to its original glory. Our last stop of the day was at Circus World Museum, where we enjoyed a personal tour of the circus carriage restoration barn, were regaled with music from a steam calliope circus wagon, and enjoyed a trip back to our youth with a ride aboard the Circus World Carousel.

Entertainment was abundant on the 2016 Autumn Excursion! Our recap continues with the photos and fun facts below:

2016 Autumn Excursion Recap

 

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Support WADA’s Fall Antiques Show Next Month!

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Mark your calendars for the

Wisconsin Antique Dealers Association

65th Fall Antiques Show & Sale

October 7 & 8, 2016

Friday 10:00 – 8:00, Saturday 10:00 – 5:00

at the Waukesha County Expo Center

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Featuring:

-Over 55 quality antiques dealers from 6 states

-Tax-deductible donations of vintage and antique items for future FWHS auctions

-Free educational exhibit Wisconsin Sports

-Friday night fish fry dinner

-Free parking

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Admission: $7 (good both days)

Click here for a $1 Admission Coupon!

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Directions: I-94 to Hwy J (Exit 294) South 1 mile. West to Show.

GPS: 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI 53188

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Proceeds from the show provide grants for historic preservation within Wisconsin, Waukesha County college scholarships, and Friends of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

For more information, call 414-510-4441 or visit www.wisconsinantiquesdealers.com.

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Annual Meeting 2016: A Trip Down Memory Lake

For those who attended last month’s Annual Meeting, we don’t have to tell them what fun it was! And for those who could not hop on board–we missed you!

HAPPY TRAVELERS

Yes, we did some organizational business at the meeting, but steeping ourselves in times gone by was surely the highlight. We cruised Lake Geneva, held our breath for the Mailboat Jumper (who was spectacular!), and enjoyed being special guests at an estate that echoes a unique history of life on the lake.

OUR GUIDE

We had the privilege of riding on the Lake Geneva U.S. Mailboat as it left the dock to begin its 100th anniversary. Captain Neil Frame, who not only piloted the boat for us but was an entertaining and informative guide, has been driving the boat since 1969 and has been a great supporter in carrying its history forward. To this day, the U.S. Mailboat makes about 50-70 deliveries each day, all summer long, and it is still delivered the same way as it was back in 1916. Captain Frame must carefully navigate the 60-ton boat within 4 feet of each pier so the Mail Jumper can leap from the boat onto the pier, drop off the mail, pick up the occasional outgoing mail, and then jump back onto the boat; the challenge for the Mail Jumpers is that the boat never stops moving. Fortunately, there were no splashes made during our tour on June 15th!

GOTTA BE A LADY IF YOU VISIT BLACK POINT

We then reached our destination of Black Point Estate, where we had lunch, heard from site director David Desimone, and witnessed for ourselves just what FWHS support has contributed–and continues to contribute–to the site. Mr. Desimone has laid out a plan to continue allocating the funds raised from our 2014 auction to Black Point restoration projects, including restoring and renewing the weathered finish of the benches and tables on the veranda and dining porch, re-adhering detached wall coverings in the stairways, and painting the second floor doors in the dollhouse area. He thanks the FRIENDS for being “a great group of people,” and adds, “Let’s fix up this old house!”

Friends

Here’s to another year of preserving history!

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Sharin’ in Sharon’s Circus History

Before we went to Lake Geneva for our Annual Meeting last month (more about that great event in an upcoming post!), the FRIENDS set up a booth in Sharon, Wisconsin to help celebrate a Wisconsin tradition–the circus!

The tallest clown to visit our booth--more than 7 feet tall!

The tallest clown to visit our booth–more than 7 feet tall!

 

Our booth invited kids and adults to enter circus-based contests for prizes, with many dozens participating. We also handed out red noses so everyone could become part of the merriment!

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The youngest visitor to our display.

 

And don’t forget, you can join us for more circus-themed fun on our September 21-23 Autumn Excursion, when we’ll tour many more of Wisconsin’s historic entertainment-related sites (click here for the Autumn Excursion brochure).

FWHS members dropping by our booth.

FWHS members dropping by our booth.

 

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An Autumn Excursion to a Summer Home of the Stars

Did you know that Genesee Depot, Wisconsin holds an estate called Ten Chimneys (aptly named for its chimney count!), which was the summer home of Broadway’s legendary performing couple Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt? And did you know that many famous figures of the stage and screen were guests at Ten Chimneys throughout the mid-twentieth century, including Carol Channing, Charlie Chaplin, Noel Coward, Helen Hayes, Katharine Hepburn, Vivien Leigh, and Laurence Olivier?

You can learn more about the Lunts and their estate when you journey with us on our September 21-23 Autumn Excursion, when we’ll visit Ten Chimneys as part of our tour of Wisconsin’s historic entertainment-related sites.

For the Autumn Excursion brochure, including the itinerary and registration form, click here!

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The Show Must Go On!

Did you know that Baraboo, Wisconsin was the home of the Ringling Brothers, as well as the home base of their famous “World’s Greatest Shows” traveling circus? And did you know that Baraboo is now home to the Circus World Museum, which houses one of the largest collections of circus materials in the world, including restored wagons, artifacts, and buildings used by the Ringling Brothers themselves?

You can learn more about the history of the great traveling circuses by traveling with us on our September 21-23 Autumn Excursion, when we’ll visit the Circus World Museum as part of our tour of Wisconsin’s historic entertainment-related sites. The show must go on…and so must you (go on this trip, that is)!

For the Autumn Excursion brochure, including the itinerary and registration form, click here!

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Lights, Camera, Action!

Did you know that Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the setting for the classic television sitcoms Happy Days and its spin-off Laverne & Shirley? You can learn more about our state’s rich history of television, film, theater, and radio by joining us on the set of our September 21-23 Autumn Excursion, when we’ll visit the archives of the Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research as part of our tour of Wisconsin’s historic entertainment-related sites.

For the Autumn Excursion brochure, including the itinerary and registration form, click here!

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Make a Great Escape with Us in Autumn

Did you know that Appleton, Wisconsin was a childhood home of the legendary escape artist, illusionist, and paranormal debunker Harry Houdini? And did you know that there is a currently-airing TV series on Fox, Houdini & Doyle, dramatizing Houdini’s real-life relationship with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes?

You can learn more about the life of Houdini when you make a three-day escape with us on our September 21-23 Autumn Excursion, when we’ll visit the Houdini exhibit in Appleton’s History Museum at the Castle (pictured below) as part of our tour of Wisconsin’s historic entertainment-related sites.

For the Autumn Excursion brochure, including the itinerary and registration form, click here!

Castle Appleton

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