Party Like It’s 1959 at Circus World Museum

Circus World Museum in Baraboo, WI is celebrating its biggest year yet with extraordinary performers and world-class animal acts all wrapped into a 1950’s-inspired theme called “Doo-Wop Big Top,” celebrating the decade that the site was founded and opened…

…and on Thursday, June 28 through Sunday, June 1, you can celebrate Circus World’s 60th Anniversary with a remarkable $5.00 admission rate for everyone for these four days only!

Circus World Museum Anniversary Days

Circus World opened on July 1, 1959 on less than an acre of property with 2 buildings and 6 circus wagons; admission was 60 cents. Given the rate of inflation, 60 cents works out to about $5 today. Even though Circus World’s value has increased with the addition of over 200 wagons and vehicles, several new and historic buildings, and more than 60 acres, admission for these four days will be the same as in 1959!

But on whatever days you choose to experience what Circus World has to offer, remember that “Doo-Wop Big Top” is available all summer long! Circus World Museum’s summer performance season runs through September 2, and the fall season continues to October 31.

For more information on Circus World Museum, visit www.circusworldbaraboo.org.

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We’re Meeting in Madison: Join Us at the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 26th

Annual Meeting 2018 Itinerary and Form

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The Fifth Biennial “30th Star” Benefit Antiques Auction

Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10:00 am

Doors open at 9:00 am

Held inside Old Wisconsin’s Clausing Barn

W372 S9727 Hwy. 67, Eagle, WI 53119

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Antique (more than 99 years old) and vintage (50 – 99 years old) items have been gathered from all across mid-America, all of them donated specifically for the auction. With over 300 lots from items large to small, cupboards to candlesticks, clocks to kitchenware, the no-reserve auction is a worthwhile destination for any antiques enthusiast!

For photos of almost 200 of the over 300 auction offerings, please click here!

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Lots sold with no reserve. No online or phone bidding. Cash, credit cards, and checks with proper ID will be accepted. A 3% convenience fee will be added to all credit card sales. A 10% buyer’s premium will additionally benefit the Wisconsin Historical Society Foundation. All items must be removed by end of auction.

There is no charge for admittance to the auction. Free parking and good food available on premises!

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Thanks to Carol Miller of Bailey’s Honor Auction Service for volunteering to call the auction.

Thanks also to the Wisconsin Antique Dealers Association, our founding and continuing sponsor.

The auction is produced by the Friends of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Wisconsin historical preservation and education projects.

For questions about the “30th Star” Benefit Antiques Auction, please contact Riene Wells at 262-363-4700, info@eagle-house.com or Debbie McArdle at 815-575-1272, jjmcard@comcast.net.

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It’s Almost Time for April’s Auction!

2018 FWHS Auction Action Ad

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Your Invitation to Preview Night 2018

2018 Preview Night Invitation

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February 2 & 3: WADA’s 44th Winter Show

WADA Winter 2018

Mark your calendars for the

Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association
Antiques Show & Sale
February 2 & 3, 2018
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

-Special exhibit The Marketing of Tobacco

-Friday night fish fry dinner

-Free parking

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Admission: $7 (good both days)

Click here for a $1-off 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 fund high school scholarships and grants for Wisconsin historic and heritage groups.

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

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We Eagerly Await April’s Auction

Save the Date!

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The 30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018!

The auction’s Preview Night event will be the night before: Friday, April 27, 2018.

And in the meantime, remember to donate your antique and vintage items for the auction; see our previous post for more information!

 

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Annual Meeting 2017: The Rock County Historical Society

Annual Meeting 2017 Save the Date

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Participate in National History Day 2017!

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National History Day (NHD) is a yearlong program that helps students (grades 6-12) learn about historical events, issues, ideas, and people. Every year there is a new theme; the theme for 2017 is “Taking a Stand in History.”

Would you like to be a part of this event, but are not sure how? You can volunteer! They need room monitors and judges (judges decide which projects and students will advance on to the next level). People from all backgrounds are encouraged to volunteer! They need your help!

The application to sign up to be a volunteer judge or room monitor at the regional or state level can be found on the Wisconsin Historical Society website.

If you just want to see what the students are up to, there will be open houses in many regions. All the dates, times, and locations can also be found on the historical society website.

Just a few of the dates:

The Northeastern Region Contest is Saturday, March 4 at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay.

The Northwestern Region Contest is Thursday, March 16 at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

The Western Region Contest is Tuesday, March 28 at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

The State Event is Saturday, April 22 at the UW-Madison campus.

The most important takeaway from National History Day is that it is designed to revolutionize the teaching and learning of history. If you want to read more about NHD and why their themes change each year, you can look at the NHD website.

 

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Donate Your Antiques This Friday and Saturday (or Anytime Thereafter)!

The FRIENDS of the Wisconsin Historical Society are soliciting tax-deductible donations of antique (more than 99 years old) and vintage (50-99 years old) items for their next “30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction,” to be held in 2018 at Old World Wisconsin.

To assist us with that goal, the Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association (WADA)–the founding and continuing sponsor of the auction–is providing FRIENDS with a free booth at their 43rd Winter Antiques Show, this Friday and Saturday, February 3rd and 4th at the Waukesha Expo Center. Volunteers will be on hand to accept donations for the next auction. Tax-deductible receipts will be provided!

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Though more than a year away, the next “30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction” demands a great deal of advance preparation (yes, it really does require two years to acquire enough inventory for our auction!). Contributions of antique and vintage items will be gathered from across Middle America. In keeping with our goal to “preserve and share history,” each item will be accompanied by a Provenance Statement. The auction catalog will list the known history of each piece as well as the donor’s name, if desired.

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Our previous auction, held in April 2016, was another financial and cultural success. Thus far the proceeds from our auctions have provided important funding for restoration projects at several Wisconsin State Historic Sites, as well as funding for National History Day.

The admissions charged at WADA’s antiques shows fund their grant and scholarship programs. Please support their endeavors by attending this worthy show! Details are available at www.WisconsinAntiquesDealers.com or at 414-510-4441.

If you are unable to attend the WADA antiques show to drop off your antique or vintage donation, please contact Riene Wells at 262-363-4700, info@eagle-house.com, or Debbie McArdle at 815-575-1272, jjmcard@comcast.net.

 

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