All Aboard for Autumn Excursion 2014!

SEPT 4-6, 2014

This September 4th-6th, enjoy the adventure of a tour along the mighty Mississippi and the Great River Road on the Friends of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s annual Autumn Excursion! The trip will feature extensive tours and special historical presentations along the river with stops at La Crosse, Prairie du Chien, Cassville, Platteville and Dubuque. Marvel at the panoramic views from riverside bluffs, take a step back in history with colorful re-enactors, and tour some of Wisconsin’s earliest homes in this unique travel experience!

Highlights of the excursion include:

–In LaCrosse, stops will include the grandeur of Grandad Bluff, historic Hixon House, the Riverside Museum with a visit from Doc Frank “White Beaver” Powell, and a lunch aboard an authentic paddlewheel riverboat on a tour of the river

–Learn about the tragic trail that ended the Black Hawk War and the Winnebago Treaties signed at Ft. Crawford

–Prairie du Chien will feature a tour of the Villa Louis mansion and participation in the “Carriage Classic” held on the estate grounds, a walking tour of this oldest town in the state including stops at the rarely open to the public Francois Vertefeuille House and the oldest cemetery in Wisconsin, a visit to the Ft. Crawford Museum and a supper overlooking the river

–In Dubuque, highlights include a visit to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, a Personal Dubuque City Tour which includes views of the one-of-a-kind Fenelon Place Elevator & historic Mathias Ham House, and a picnic lunch at Eagle Point Park overlooking the river

–The Platteville stop will include a tour down into an actual lead mine at the Rollo Jamison Museum, a presentation on the ethnic settlement of the region, and a special program by historic re-enactors

–At Stonefield, near Cassville, attractions include a working turn-of-the-century family dairy farm, displays of antique farm implements, experiencing the sights and sounds of Wisconsin’s early railroads, and a tour of the grand summer estate of Nelson Dewey, Wisconsin’s first governor

This magnificent and historic Autumn Excursion features deluxe Lamers motorcoach transportation with on-board entertainment, two nights stay at the Country Inn & Suites in Prairie du Chien, most meals (all for FWHS members), and all entrance & site charges and special speaker & presentation fees included in the price of only $535 for double and $660 for single occupancy. An optional Lamers Cancellation Protection Program is available for $45.

Reserve your spot on this fantastic tour now by calling Lamers Tour & Travel at 1-800-236-8687 or 414-281-2002. You can also download and print the registration form and itinerary here: 2014 Excursion Registration & Itinerary. A $125 deposit will save your seat on this wonderful traveling experience – final payment is due by August 1. If you have additional questions about the trip, contact FWHS tour coordinator JoEllen Hegwood at 414-476-4061.

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June 25th, 2014: Annual Meeting & Adventure into History

It’s a History Mystery Tour!

One fairly common area once set aside in cities is now getting rather hard to find. But it still lives on in the city of Waukesha–and we have the evidence! Famous people were not uncommon in Waukesha–some arriving after they were famous, but some owing a part of their ability to become a leader in their field to time spent in Waukesha. And here’s a clue too…sometimes it wasn’t the person that we remember, but what they left behind!

The Waukesha County Museum, located in downtown Waukesha, exhibits substantiation of the many lives of the area–some of them still mysterious to this day. But maybe WE can crack the code!

To join us on this year’s Annual Meeting and Adventure into History, and to help solve Waukesha’s history mysteries, please print, fill out, and mail in the right side of the info and registration form below!

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Hold These Dates!

Have your fill of historical fun with these upcoming events!


June 1st: Model A Day

In Sharon, Wisconsin. Let’s travel back to the 1920’s to honor our WWI veterans! Talk in person with President Coolidge’s VP, Charles Dawes, to find out what was really going on in those stressful times. Call Bev at 262-607-1528 for details.


June 25th: Annual Meeting & Adventure into History

This time around, it’s a History Mystery! We’ll delve into the history of Waukesha, WI, the city of many lives and a few juicy mysteries. Will YOU be able to solve them? More information coming soon!


July 19th: Wheel Fever

Try the High Wheeler or a vintage tricycle! Ride with the Wheelmen at Old World Wisconsin Historic Site. Click here for more details!


September 4th-6th: Autumn Excursion

Explore the Great River Road! Featuring bluff-top views and charming river towns, this excursion offers insight into the many stories, lives, and twists and turns in the making of Wisconsin! More details will be coming soon, but for further information, call Ms. Jo Ellen Hegwood at 414-476-4061.


And let’s not forget the 2014 History Sandwiched In programs, brought to you by your Wisconsin Historical Society! Bring your bag lunch to the WHS Museum on Capitol Square in Madison from 12:15 to 1:00 pm on the dates below to join fellow history buffs for a full plate of Wisconsin History (YUM!). Donation $2.00 each program.

June 3rd: Preserving Works of Art and What the Materiality of Objects Teaches Us

June 17th: Cold War University: Madison and the New Left in the Sixties!

July 8th: Wisconsin Printmakers

July 15th: Viskonsin! Yiddish Radio in Badgerland

July 29th: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine

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A Fond Look Back at Auction 2014

On the last weekend in April 2014, all those who supported the 30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction helped another dream to come true!

Funds from the auction will be donated to Black Point Historic Site for needed restoration projects, thus helping Black Point continue to be one of the finest remaining examples of its kind!

We’d like to extend special thanks to auctioneer Carol Miller of Bailey’s Honor Auction Service, who once again volunteered her time and energy to make the auction a success; the Wisconsin Antique Dealers Association, our founding and continuing sponsors; and Delafield Brewhaus, providers of the beer on Preview Night.


Friday, April 25th: Preview Night

The Black Point Story: As Delafield Brewhaus’ specialty amber beer flowed from the spigot into Seipp Brewing Company reproduction mugs, we were taken back to summers on Lake Geneva when Chicago beer baron Conrad Seipp built his family’s summer home. Site Director David Desimone drew a fascinating picture of the Seipp family, and took us on a virtual tour of the Estate and Lake Geneva area.

We learned that after Mr. Seipp immigrated to the United States from Hessen, Germany in the 1840s, he drove a beer wagon for Miller Brothers brewery. He later started his own brewery, and eventually the Seipp Brewery become one of the largest in the United States. Conrad unfortunately died in 1890, soon after Black Point was completed, but his family was able to still enjoy the estate for decades to come.

Even as examples of luxurious architecture disappeared from Lake Geneva over time, the Black Point Estate remained minimally altered, making it a rare gem of its period. Director Desimone illustrated our “virtual visit” to the estate with a vivid slide presentation, revealing one of the most intact collections of Victorian furnishings in the Midwest. We thank Mr. Desimone for this personal insight!

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Treated to a Sneak Peek: Our Preview Night guests were the first to check out the Auction offerings (and those who were not able to attend the auction proper were able to submit proxy bids). It’s enlightening to observe the kind of connections people feel to these “objects with a past,” and to hear the stories of their own about the things they are drawn to!

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What You Were Looking For: You never know when you’ll find just what you are looking for as you go through an auction collection! In between his sumptuous Wisconsin fish fry dinner and the Black Point presentation, Director Desimone was checking out the offerings for the next day’s auction…and BINGO, found just what he was looking for!

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Culmination of a Festive Evening: At the finale of this historic gala, dozens of door prize baskets were awarded. Prizes ranged form jewelry, china, and vintage gifts, to current period delights, like this selection of Green Bay Packer memorabilia.

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Saturday, April 26th: The 30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction

Shazam!: Auctioneer Carol Miller of Bailey’s Honor Auction Service worked her magic again! The Clausing Barn at Old World Wisconsin rang with excitement as offerings were sold to the highest bidders. The variety of vintage and antique items and collections presented bidders with opportunities galore!

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The Right Fit: Finding something to treasure that was just the “right fit” was easy for everyone. Or maybe not…maybe there were way too many choices!

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Perfect Sound: When it came time for the record player to be demonstrated, the audience couldn’t believe their ears when perfect sound wafted from this wood-and-brass old-timer!

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Clever Device: Tom Kleist is famous for challenging students with a “whatz-it” quiz to introduce them to the gadgets from long ago that made a difference in folks’ lives. When asked what he thought was the treasured find at the auction, he replied, “The cheese press! It is not only a clever device, but is a perfect piece of art in itself!”

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Thanks again to all you fellow history lovers for making this year’s auction a success! You’ve helped keep history alive!

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Mark Your Calendars for Our 2014 Auction!

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We Can Beer-ly Wait for Preview Night!

Are you wishin’ for some fish? Cryin’ for some fryin’? Then don’t be missin’ this beer-battered fish fry dinner with all your favorite fixin’s!

It’s the FWHS 2014 Auction Preview Party! Come celebrate the eve of our 30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction with us, and partake in a fish fry (or baked fish) dinner, plenty of beer, and a plethora of other fun features including free antiques appraisals by Iron Horse Antiques, a silent auction, and absentee bidding opportunities!

Beer trayFriday, April 25th, 2014

Old World Wisconsin’s Clausing Barn

W372 S9727 Hwy 67

Eagle, WI 53119

4:30 to 9:00 pm

$40 donation per person

To reserve your spot for the evening’s festivities, contact Riene Wells at 262-363-4700 or

Proceeds will benefit the restoration of Black Point, the estate built in 1888 as the summer home of Chicago beer baron Conrad Seipp and presently the Wisconsin Historical Society’s newest historic site. Pictured: Seipp Brewing advertising tray for Seipp’s Extra Pale Beer, 1911.


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Auction 2014: No Admittance Fee, No-Reserve Sales, No Regrets!

You’ll only regret it if you miss it–the 30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction is just around the corner!

WHEN: Saturday, April 26th, 2014. Viewing begins at 9:00 am, auction begins at 10:00 am.

WHERE: Old World Wisconsin’s Clausing Barn (W372 S9727 Hwy 67), Eagle, WI 53119.

COST: No charge for admittance!

562Auction Publicity; Example of itemsBruce, Kathy & Dick; Winnebago Double-Handled Covered Basket, c1940sKinch Enamel on copper, Edwards Star, Gumps, San Fran

(Pictured: collection of 15 vintage pennants; display of 2 Norton, Bennington, Vermont brown stoneware jugs, a beautiful stoneware jar with cobalt slip flowers on both sides, and a colorful hooked rug; Winnebago basket; enamel on copper plate, marked Gumps, San Francisco)

Bid on all sorts of generously donated vintage (50-99 years old) and antique (100+ years old) items from throughout the Midwest, including those seen above and many more, which are all to be sold without reserve!

The illustrious Carol Miller of Bailey’s Honor Auctions will serve as auctioneer for this exciting event.

Proceeds will provide funding for the Wisconsin Historical Society’s restoration projects at Lake Geneva’s Black Point Estate.

Cash, credit cards, and checks with proper ID will be accepted. A 10% buyer’s premium will additionally benefit Black Point.

Donations of vintage and antique items will be accepted through April 19th. For more information, contact Riene Wells at 262-363-4700 or, or Debbie McArdle at 815-575-1272 or

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Learn About Black Point at the 2014 Auction Preview Night!

What’s Preview Night All About?

Well, besides the beer, the fish fry dinner, the door prizes, the free antiques appraisals by Iron Horse Antiques, and the sneak peeks of the vintage and antique items available for bidding at this year’s FWHS auction, that is!

The answer–in addition to all of those lovely things listed above, of course–is the Wisconsin Historical Society’s newest historic site, the beautiful estate of Black Point!

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Join us at the preview night for the FWHS 2014 auction to hear guest speaker David Desimone, the director of Black Point, fill us in on the rich past and exciting future of this Wisconsin Historic Site!

The events of Preview Night will be held on Friday, April 25th, from 4:30 to 9:00 pm at Old World Wisconsin’s Clausing Barn in Eagle, WI.

For reservations or more information, contact Riene Wells at 262-363-4700 or

And don’t forget the auction itself, to be held at 10:00 am the next day (Saturday, April 26th)!

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Free Antiques Appraisals at 2014 Auction Preview Night

FREE antiques appraisals? You bet!

Up to 3 appraisals of vintage (50 to 99 years of age) or antique (100 years of age or more) items, courtesy of Iron Horse Antiques!

The appraisals are free with the purchase of your reservation for our Auction Preview Night.

To reserve your place at Preview Night or for more information, please contact:

Riene Wells at 262-363-4700 or

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Remember, Preview Night is:

Friday, April 25th, 2014

4:30 – 9:00 pm

Old World Wisconsin’s Clausing Barn

W372 S9727 Hwy 67

Eagle, WI 53119

$40 donation per person

Besides the free antiques appraisals by Iron Horse Antiques, the evening’s other offerings include a fish fry dinner, door prizes, and of course, sneak peeks of and absentee bidding opportunities for the items for our 2014 30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction!

Proceeds will support the restoration of the estate at Black Point, the Wisconsin Historical Society’s newest historic site.

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Auction Preview Night: Friday, April 25, 2014

Join us for our 2014 Auction Preview Night!

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