Autumn Excursion 2017: Frankly, It’s the Wright Thing to Do

Autumn Excursion 2017

September 27 – 29

FRIENDS of the Wisconsin Historical Society Presents:

Frank Lloyd Wright Trail through Wisconsin!

Join the FRIENDS of the Wisconsin Historical Society for another fascinating 3-day tour as we follow the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail through southern Wisconsin. This year’s adventure will be held September 27 – 29 and we will celebrate  the sesquicentennial of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth by visiting many of the famed architect’s most famous creations in the Badger State.

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The 2017 Autumn Excursion begins and ends in Madison and includes visits to Wright-designed buildings in Milwaukee, Racine, Delavan, and Spring Green. Our tour stops include the Unitarian Meeting House, Monona Terrace, The Cotton Exchange, SC Johnson Administration Building & Research Tower, Ross Summer Residence, AP Johnson House, Wallis Cottage, the Spencer House, The Lake Lawn Resort, Taliesin, the Wyoming Valley Cultural Arts Center, Gilmore House, and Lamp House.

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The registration fee for the 2017 Autumn Excursion is $610 for double and $710 for single occupancy. The fee includes motor coach transportation, driver, on-board entertainment, site charges, entrance fees, accommodations, special speakers, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners.

Click here for the registration form and itinerary of this year’s excursion! For additional information, call JoEllen Hegwood at 414-476-4061.

Registration deadline is August 20, 2017.

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A New Year, A New Adventure

Got the New Year blues?
Well, here’s something to look forward to in 2017:
Where on earth–or rather, where in Wisconsin–could FRIENDS be going for the Annual Meeting in the summer, and the Excursion in the fall? What history mysteries are waiting to be uncovered so close to home? And will you join us for the adventure of finding out?

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Keep a lookout for the next issue of Pillars, when maybe at least one of these questions might be answered!

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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 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!

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Want to Be on a Schooner Sooner? Then Sail with Us on the 23rd!

Sign up for a tour aboard a Great Lakes schooner ship

Voyage back into Wisconsin’s maritime history

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 in Milwaukee

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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 jojohegwood1@gmail.com.

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Set Sail for the 2015 Autumn Excursion!

2015 Autumn Excursion

September 23-25

Friends of the Wisconsin Historical Society presents:

Lake Michigan Lighthouses & The Schooner Coast

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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!

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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.

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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.

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