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!

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A Look Back at Our Best Auction Yet

Thank you all for making our 2016 fundraising benefit a massive success! Last month’s 30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction and its Preview Night were very well-attended, and the donated vintage and antique items were definite treasures. We are proud to be able to assist the Wisconsin Historical Society with putting the auction proceeds to good use keeping history alive. You can be sure that your support will make a difference for our state historic sites!

Spring Pillars 2016

 

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A Notion Worth Entertaining: Autumn Excursion 2016

Marketing Flyer 2016 Annual Autumn Excursion

For a brochure of this event, including an itinerary and registration form, please click here!

For more information about the Autumn Excursion, call 414-476-4061.

And in the meantime, don’t forget about the FWHS Annual Meeting, coming up on June 15th (click here for the brochure)!

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Get On Board for the 2016 Annual Meeting

Join in the Adventure

June 15th, 2016

US Mailboat at Lake Geneva

Day’s Events

7:30 ~ Bus pickup available at The Dutch Mill Park & Ride in Madison

9:30 ~ We board Lake Geneva’s Mailboat! Experience how the mail was delivered for 100 years–and still is! (Don’t be late or the boat leaves without you!)

1:00 ~ Off to Black Point Estate where site director David Desimone will join us for our Box Lunch Meeting on the scenic Black Point veranda, and share with us some fascinating history! Then we enjoy a tour of the Estate, which includes witnessing what YOU (FWHS members) did to help preserve this treasure.

The price includes tour bus, boat fare, all Black Point programs, lunch and snacks.

Members: $43

Non-Members: $55

Please click here for the registration form and meeting brochure.

Space is limited! Reserve your spot now!

Black Point Estate

 

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Auction Update: We’ve Caught a Cart

THIS JUST IN!

We have acquired an exciting last-minute addition to the lots for this Saturday’s auction: an antique governess cart!

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Two-wheeled horse-drawn carts like this one were designed to provide a safer, gentler ride than other carts and to be difficult to fall from–perfect for transporting small children, hence the name!

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This hot item and hundreds more antique and vintage objects will be up for the bidding at the 30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction, which will be held on Saturday, April 23 at 10:00 am at Old World Wisconsin’s Clausing Barn (check out our recent post about it for more information). We hope to see you there!

 

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