Have a Webinar Wednesday on November 18

If you have some free time on Wednesday, November 18, then why not attend these free webinars? Links to register are below the descriptions.

 

Underwater Archaeology: Wreck of the Schooner Abiah

12:00 – 1:00 pm

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On the morning of 4 September 1854, the 134-foot schooner Abiah was sailing north on Lake Michigan without a cargo and bound to Oconto to take on a load of lumber when she was struck by a squall from the southeast and immediately capsized. To survive, the seven-man crew and two passengers were forced into their small workboat. They were eventually picked up by the schooner Luddington and taken to Sheboygan. The tug Eclipse was hired to right and recover the capsized vessel. In doing this work, the Abiah’s hull was damaged to such an extent that the ship was abandoned and allowed to sink. The Abiah shipwreck site was discovered in 2018 by Steve Radovan, 12 miles off Sheboygan in 210 feet of water. An archaeological survey of the wreck has been completed during of the summer of 2020. In this rare opportunity to evaluate a pristine shipwreck, untouched since the time of its sinking, learn what the Society’s archaeological team discovered.

Click here to register!

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Dennis Dresang Discusses Patrick J. Lucey: A Lasting Legacy

1:00 – 2:00 pm

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PLATO ((Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) welcomes Dennis Dresang to discuss his new biography of Wisconsin Governor Patrick J. Lucey, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. As Wisconsin governor from 1971 to 1977, Patrick J. Lucey pursued an ambitious progressive agenda, tempered by the concerns of a fiscal conservative and a pragmatic realist. He was known for bridging partisan divides, building coalitions, and keeping politics civil. His legacy, which includes merging Wisconsin’s universities into one system and equalizing the funding formula for public schools, continues to impact Wisconsin residents and communities. Through exclusive interviews and unprecedented access to archival materials, Dennis L. Dresang shares the story of this pivotal figure in Wisconsin history, from his small-town rural roots to his wide-ranging influence.

Click here to register!

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Jeff Kannel Discusses Make Way for Liberty: Wisconsin African Americans in the Civil War

6:30 – 7:30 pm

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The Kenosha Public Museum and Civil War Museum welcome author Jeff Kannel to discuss his new book, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Hundreds of African American soldiers and regimental employees represented Wisconsin in the Civil War, and many of them lived in the state either before or after the conflict. Their lives before and after the war in rural communities, small towns, and cities form an enlightening story of acceptance and respect for their service but rejection and discrimination based on their race. Make Way for Liberty will bring clarity to the questions of how many African Americans represented Wisconsin during the conflict, who among them lived in the state before and after the war, and their impact on their communities.

Click here to register!

 

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Auction Update: Bid via Beloit!

This year’s benefit auction is still on…online, that is!
The auction will be on Wednesday, May 27th at Beloit Auction & Realty, found at www.BeloitAuction.com. The entire catalog will be posted there for viewing and bidding. Check there often!
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Donate and Shop at WADA’s Winter 2020 Show

The FRIENDS of the Wisconsin Historical Society have been given a booth at the 46th Winter Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association Show & Sale, to be held on Friday, January 31 & Saturday, February 1 at the Waukesha County Expo Center, to promote their biennial “30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction” (to be held at Old World Wisconsin in April). W.A.D.A. is the founding and continuing sponsor of the event which raises important funding for Wisconsin historic preservation endeavors. Donations of auction items will be accepted at the FRIENDS booth and tax-deductible receipts will be provided!

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Just One Donated Item Will Make a Difference!

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The FRIENDS of the Wisconsin Historical Society are currently collecting tax-deductible donations of antiques and vintage items for their April 25, 2020 “30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction” to be held, once again, at Old World Wisconsin’s historic Clausing Barn in Eagle.

Whether a traditional antique, a single collectible coin, a vintage rock or travel poster, or even a 1970s home video game console like Atari or Pong, just one donated item will make a difference! Only six months away, this important fund-raising auction is 2 years in the making! Interesting antique and vintage items made before 1980 are being gathered from across middle America, with tax-deductible receipts provided.

The inaugural auction, held in April 2010, was followed by four successful encores in April 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018. Thus far the proceeds from the five biennial auctions have provided important funding for historic sites in Wisconsin as well as for National History Day. A grant from the Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association continues their commitment as the benefit auction’s founding sponsors.

The auction’s now-legendary Preview Party includes dinner, prizes, a speaker, silent auctions, and good old-fashioned fun on Friday night, April 24, 2020. Seating is limited so make your reservations early by calling 262.352.0479.

Carol Miller of Bailey’s Honor Auction Service in Oconomowoc has once again volunteered to call the auction. You can follow Carol’s many auctions throughout the year at www.baileyshonor.com.

For questions about  the April 25, 2020 “30th Star Benefit Antiques Auction,” or to make a donation of an antique or vintage item, please contact Phil Schauer at 608.295.7240, pipsqkme@gmail.com or Debbie McArdle at 815.575.1272, jjmcard@comcast.net.

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October 4 & 5: WADA’s 68th Fall Show

WADA Fall 2019

Mark your calendars for the

Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association
Antiques Show & Sale
October 4 & 5, 2019
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 Kitchen Antiques

-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 benefit Wisconsin grants and scholarship programs.

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

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July 23-25: Farm Technology Days in Johnson Creek

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Who feeds us? The farmers, of course!

Part of the success of Wisconsin farmers is the advancement of farming technology. It has helped farms over the years become more and more productive.

You can check out this event that takes you from the olden days of how things were done, to looking toward the future.

If you were at our Annual Meeting held at Old World Wisconsin a few years ago, you’ll remember helping our pioneering friends, Ma and Pa, build a log cabin! These are two super-fun folks who know how to run a farm!

You can meet up again with Ma and Pa, as well as a whole lot of other interesting individuals and thought-provoking teams, this July 23rd through 25th at Farm Technology Days in Johnson Creek. Bring the kids along!

Learn how farm families did it back in the day, and see today’s equivalents. Manufacturers of farm equipment will be ready to answer your questions, and farmers can show you how things are done at the range.

Shell some corn with Ma and Pa, and don’t forget to pitch in and make some rope – rope was an important piece of making a farm successful!

Visit www.wifarmtechnologydays.com/jefferson/ for more.

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Wednesday, June 26: Annual Meeting 2019

Annual Meeting 2019 Postcard

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Please click on, print, fill out, and mail the form below to register:

Annual Meeting 2019 Form

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New Books and Author Appearances

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Authors of a number of books on various topics of Wisconsin history will be appearing around the state in the latter half of March to discuss their works; don’t miss ‘em (and even if you can’t attend the events, be sure to check out the books themselves)!

Click on each title below for more information about the book event:

 

Studying Wisconsin: The Life of Increase Lapham

Monday, March 18 from 6:20 – 8:00 pm

Waupaca Area Public Library, Waupaca

In this illustrated talk about Wisconsin’s first scientist, authors Martha Bergland and Paul G. Hayes explore the remarkable life and achievements of Increase Lapham (1811-1875). Lapham’s ability to observe, understand, and meticulously catalog the natural world marked all of his work, from his days as a teenage surveyor on the Erie Canal to his last great contribution as state geologist. Self-taught, Lapham mastered botany, geology, archeology, limnology, mineralogy, engineering, meteorology, and cartography. A prolific writer, his 1844 guide to the territory was the first book published in Wisconsin. Asked late in life which field of science was his specialty, he replied simply, “I am studying Wisconsin.”

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Damn the Old Tinderbox! Milwaukee’s Palace of the West and the Fire That Defined an Era

Tuesday, March 19 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee

Author Matthew J. Prigge tells the gripping tale of how in the dead of an unassuming January night in 1883, Milwaukee’s Newhall House hotel was set on fire. Two hours later, the building—once among the tallest in the nation—lay in ruins and over seventy people were dead.  From the great horror emerged an even greater string of mysteries: Who had set the fire and who was to blame for the staggering loss of life? The Newhall’s hard-luck barkeeper? A gentleman arsonist? What of the many other unexplained fires at the hotel? Had the Newhall’s management neglected fire safety to boost their profits?

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Madison in the Sixties

Thursday, March 21 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Barnes & Noble – West, Madison

Madison made history in the sixties. Landmark civil rights laws were passed. Pivotal campus protests were waged. A spring block party turned into a three-night riot. Factor in urban renewal troubles, a bitter battle over efforts to build Frank Lloyd Wright’s Monona Terrace, and the expanding influence of the University of Wisconsin, and the decade assumes legendary status. Historian and journalist Stu Levitan chronicles the birth of modern Madison with style and well-researched substance.

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Taking Flight: A History of Birds and People in the Heart of America

Friday, March 22 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm

The Village Booksmith, Baraboo

In this illustrated talk, author and longtime birder Michael Edmonds will explain how and why people in the nation’s heartland worshipped, feared, studied, hunted, ate, and protected the birds that surrounded them over the last 12,000 years. From ancient American Indian shamans to modern conservationists, our predecessors thought about and acted toward birds differently than we do. Edmonds will share stories from his 30 years of research among unpublished manuscripts, rare books, archaeological reports, and historic places that led to Taking Flight. Whether you’re a casual bird-watcher, a hard-core life-lister, or simply someone who loves the outdoors, you’ll encounter new ways of thinking about birds, people, and the extraordinary history that connects them.

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Settlin’: Stories of Madison’s Early African American Families

Saturday, March 23 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Goodman South Madison Library, Madison

Author Muriel Simms will share some of the stories she collected for the book from the descendants of 25 early African American families who settled–survived and thrived–in Madison, Wisconsin in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Seeing a pressing need to preserve these little-documented experiences, the lifelong Madison resident collected stories from the families who came to Madison more than 100 years ago and formed vibrant and cohesive communities of churches, businesses, and social clubs, and who frequently came together in the face of adversity and conflict.

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The Making of Pioneer Wisconsin: Voices of Early Settlers

Tuesday, March 26 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Oakwood Village University Woods – Auditorium/Arts Center, Madison

Between the mid 1830s and the 1850s, nearly three quarters of a million people moved to Wisconsin. Historian Michael Stevens tells the migration experience through the words of ordinary people. How did it feel to decide to move, adapt, and create a new society? Meet an excited young man who is delighted by the abundance of food in Wisconsin, or a teenage girl who missed her schoolmates, or immigrants who worried about their children forgetting their old language. It is easy to think of the first generation of settlers as stiff, cardboard figures as they appear in their portraits. By exploring their joys, sorrows, and humor, we come to understand their lives and even a little more about our own.

 

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Help Create a New Statewide History Museum on March 13 in Waukesha!

Share Your Voice

Share your voice!

Statewide Public Forum Series to Create a New Wisconsin History Museum

Be the first to see design concepts for a new Wisconsin history museum!

Wednesday, March 13

Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum

101 West Main Street

Waukesha, WI 53186

You are invited to share your thoughts and ideas with the Wisconsin Historical Society as we seek to create a modern, state-of-the-art history museum that connects and tells the story of all Wisconsinites.

Your participation will inspire conversations, create connections across the state, and provide invaluable feedback on design concepts for a new Wisconsin history museum. Now is the time to share your voice and be a part of this rare opportunity to celebrate and honor Wisconsin.

Agenda:

5:30 pm – Doors open (light refreshments provided)

6:00 pm – Welcome and introduction to the new museum project

6:30 pm – Share your feedback on a new statewide history museum

This public forum is free and open to everyone; advanced registration is preferred. Click here to let us know you will be there!

This event is co-hosted by the Waukesha County Historical Society and Old World Wisconsin.

This event will also be traveling to other communities around the state in the following weeks and months. Click here for a list of upcoming locations!

 

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February 1 & 2: WADA’s 45th Winter Show

WADA Winter 2019

Mark your calendars for the

Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Association
Antiques Show & Sale
February 1 & 2, 2019
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 Made in Wisconsin

-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 benefit Wisconsin grants and scholarship programs.

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

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