The FRIENDS did it before and can do it again!
And what is “it,” you ask? Why, making a difference in the preservation of history!
How can it be done? Well, here’s a great opportunity for you: donate items for our upcoming Benefit Auction.
That’s right, we’re looking for antique (more than 100 years old) and vintage (50 to 99 years old) items for the 2016 30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction, to be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016, with its legendary Preview Night on the evening before.
So clean out your closets & cabinets, your attics & basements, your garages & sheds; who knows what good stuff you might find?
Donate now and take advantage of a 2015 tax deduction, or donate in January for a 2016 tax deduction!
Either way, your item donation will help the upcoming Benefit Auction become another success toward sponsoring the needs of our State Historic Sites, and the telling of our Wisconsin story.
To donate, call Riene Wells at 262-363-4700.
We appreciate your commitment to keeping history alive!
Remember Adam Berg, also known as the “Asparagus Man,” and his most impressive carved oil painting Heaven on Earth (we had a whole post about it here)? Well, Berg’s folk art created quite a stir at the Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association show this past February, spurring other donors to come forth with incredible donations. Now the “Asparagus Man” paintings are keeping good company with other worthy objects, including a circa 1830 Windsor rocker in original paint, scales, buggies, commemorative flow blue, spinning wheels, and much more!
On Oct. 2 & 3 in Waukesha, the Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association is again providing the Friends of the Wisconsin Historical Society with a free booth at the antiques show, where volunteers will accept tax-deductible donations of antique (100+ years old) and vintage (50-99 years old) items for our 30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction to be held in April 2016.Tax-deductible receipts will be provided to each donor. Click here for a printable page of details about the antiques show, which doubles as an admission coupon!
In addition to the free booth space at the show, WADA has provided their fourth grant to the Friends of the Wisconsin Historical Society as founding and continuing sponsors of the 30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction. WADA is a not-for-profit organization and the admissions charged at their Waukesha shows fund grant and scholarship programs; see www.wisconsinantiquesdealers.com to learn more.
Carol Miller of Bailey’s Honor Auction Service in Oconomowoc has once again volunteered to call the auction.You can follow her many auctions throughout the year at www.baileyshonor.com.
If you have questions about the 2016 auction, or if you would like to make a donation of an antique or vintage item, please contact Riene Wells at 262-363-4700, email@example.com or Debbie McArdle at 815-575-1272, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up for a tour aboard a Great Lakes schooner ship
Voyage back into Wisconsin’s maritime history
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 in Milwaukee
Members of Friends of the Wisconsin Historical Society are invited to take a two-hour cruise around Milwaukee Harbor aboard the SV Denis Sullivan, the world’s only re-creation of a 19th century three-mast Great Lakes schooner ship.
The schooner ship voyage on Wednesday, September 23 is part of the FWHS Autumn Excursion. For those who cannot make the full Excursion, you can still sign up for the schooner boat tour portion for $45. The tour will include a brief talk on “Pirates of the Great Lakes” by Dan Heiber. The crew of the Denis Sullivan will guide tour participants in actually sailing the schooner for those that wish. The boat tour departs from the Discovery World Pier in Milwaukee at 8:30 am and will return at 10:30.
To sign up for this exciting adventure aboard a unique boat from the history of the Great Lakes, contact FWHS Tour Coordinator JoEllen Hegwood at 414-476-4061 or email@example.com.
Mark your calendars for the
Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association’s
64th Fall Antiques Show & Sale
October 2 & 3, 2015
Fri. 10-8, Sat. 10-5
at the Waukesha County Expo Center
- Over 55 quality antiques dealers
- The special educational exhibit Antique Graniteware
- Friday night fish fry dinner
- Free parking
Admission: $6 (good both days)
Directions: I-94 to Hwy J (Exit 294) South 1 mile. West to Show.
GPS: 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI 53188
Your paid admission to this show helps fund Wisconsin scholarship and grant programs.
All merchandise is professionally screened to ensure quality and authenticity.
For more information, call 414-510-4441 or visit www.wisconsinantiquesdealers.com.
2015 Autumn Excursion
Friends of the Wisconsin Historical Society presents:
Lake Michigan Lighthouses & The Schooner Coast
Enjoy the fascinating history of Wisconsin’s lighthouses along the Schooner Coast of Lake Michigan on the 2015 Autumn Excursion! This three-day adventure will include waterside stops at sites from Milwaukee to Door County’s Death’s Door, magnificent views from atop some of Wisconsin’s most iconic lighthouses, cruises onto Lake Michigan to relive the days of the Great Lake schooners, and guided tours through several maritime museums that will include stepping aboard historic ships built right here in the Badger state.
The excursion includes handy pick-up and drop-off sites in Madison and Brookfield. Transportation for our excursion will be aboard a deluxe Lamers Tour & Travel motor coach. Lodging accommodations will be at the Leathem Smith Lodge in Sturgeon Bay, only steps away from the beautiful waters of Lake Michigan. Besides the breathtaking views, our lodge also has an indoor pool and complimentary breakfasts. Our dinner on the excursion’s first evening at the lodge will be a specially prepared (just for us!) Door County Fish Boil!
Highlights of the excursion include a sail around Milwaukee Harbor aboard the SV Denis Sullivan (the world’s only recreation of a 19th century Great Lakes schooner), a special tour of the North Point Lighthouse and Museum, a guided tour of Manitowoc’s Wisconsin Maritime Museum (including a World War II-era submarine), a guided tour of the Cana Island Lighthouse, a trip to Door County’s Gills Rock, a scenic cruise through Death’s Door to view the Plum Island and Pilot Island Lighthouses, a special guided tour of the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, and a stop at the Port Washington Lighthouse and Light Station Museum.
There will be special presentations made for excursion participants on the history of shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, the fascinating story of the Kasube fisherman as told by Anne Gurnack, “Pirates of the Great Lakes” by Dan Heiber, and the research of Ken & Barb Wardius on Wisconsin lighthouses.
The registration fee for the 2015 Autumn Excursion is $670 for double and $835 for single occupancy. The fee includes motor coach transportation, driver, on-board entertainment, site charges, entrance fees, accommodations, special speakers, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners and 3 lunches (FWHS members will also enjoy an ice cream treat at Wilson’s).
Click here for the registration form and itinerary of this fantastic excursion! If you have additional questions about the trip, contact Lamers Tour & Travel at 800-236-8687 or our tour coordinator JoEllen Hegwood at 414-476-4061.
Registration deadline is August 18, 2015.
This is just a friendly reminder to sign up for the “Back to Our Roots” FRIENDS Annual Meeting 2015, in which we’ll explore the State Historic Site of Wade House and the life of our founder Ruth DeYoung Kohler!
The festivities start on Wednesday, June 17th at Wade House at 9:45 am; after our tour, luncheon, presentation, and meeting, we’ll jump in our cars and head to nearby Kohler for a tour, after which (at around 4:00 pm) we’ll head back home feeling enlightened! You can read all about this amazing opportunity in the previous post and in your Spring Pillars newsletter. You can also click here for a copy of the itinerary and directions.
To join us on this foray into FWHS history, please fill out and send in this registration form by May 17th.
Don’t delay; sign up today!
Empty your attic and cellar!
We are looking for vintage (50-99 years old) and antique (100+ years old) items for the 4th Biennial 30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction.
Tax deductible receipts provided!
Preserve Wisconsin’s history — auction proceeds benefit the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Riene: 262-363-4700, firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie: 815-575-1272, email@example.com
We’re proud to officially announce the
30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction
Saturday, April 23, 2016
10:00 a.m., Preview 9:00 a.m.
At Old World Wisconsin’s Clausing Barn
Highway 67, Eagle, Wisconsin
Preview Night (by reservation)
Friday, April 22, 2016
Auction profits benefit the Wisconsin Historical Society
We Thank Our Sponsors:
Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association
Carol Miller, Bailey’s Honor Auction Service
Yvonne Wheeler, Prairie Wind Graphic Design
Brought to you by the FRIENDS of the Wisconsin Historical Society
Celebrating over 60 years of supporting WHS
- Reserve Your Seat at This April’s Treat: Preview Party 2016!
- Let’s See What You’ve Got: Donate Your Antique and Vintage Items!
- WADA to Assist FRIENDS at Antiques Show on October 2 & 3; You Can Donate Too!
- Want to Be on a Schooner Sooner? Then Sail with Us on the 23rd!
- WADA’s Fall Antiques Show Is Just a Month Away!