SHEBOYGAN FALLS — Second Saturdays-Journeys Into Local History, sponsored by the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center, will begin its twelfth season this September. The monthly speakers’ series brings outstanding speakers, dealing with regional history issues, to our area. But, the great part of every regional topic is that they invariably have a local connection. These award winning speakers present multimedia programs and involve their audiences in each and every program.
All programs are held at Sheboygan Falls Memorial Library, lower level meeting room, 330 Buffalo Street in Sheboygan Falls. The time for programs except Dennis McCann is 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Dennis McCann’s program runs from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. All programs are open to the public. No reservations required. Donuts and coffee available for Saturday morning performances.
September 8, 2012
Port Washington, Wisconsin
Speaker, Richard D. Smith,
Co-Director and Curator of Port Washington Historical Society
Port Washington is a picturesque community on the shores of Lake Michigan, just a short drive north of Milwaukee. It celebrated its 175th birthday in September 2010. This book is a vivid description of the city’s history, from the Native Americans who lived on these shores when the voyageurs first arrived, through the birth of a thriving and industrious community of immigrants who settled here after leaving Germany and Luxembourg. The pages touch on the early years of industry, focusing on the maritime heritage of Port Washington, and give the reader a wonderful photographic tour of what Port Washington was like over 100 years ago. Some of these photographs have never before been published and some of the buildings no longer exist.
September 19, 2012
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Badger Boneyards—The Eternal Rest of the Story
Speaker, Dennis McCann, Author and Columnist
The bodies are buried, but the stories are not. From the ornate tombs of Milwaukee beer barons to displaced Chippewa graves and miniscule family plots, “Badger Boneyards: The Eternal Rest of the Story” unearths the stories of Wisconsin. Football great John Heisman is buried here, as is the state’s smallest man, a woman whose tombstone names her murderer, and the boy who would not tell a lie and paid the price.
Even in a graveyard, peace proves hard to come by: Wisconsin’s Native American tribes have fought for undisturbed grounds and proper burial. A patch of Belgian graves now resides beneath a parking lot while the headstones cluster nearby, and the inhabitants of a Bayfield cemetery were unearthed by a raging flood. Sometimes the dead are recalled with only a first name, and sometimes no name at all. Following the clues in tips from readers, unusual epitaphs, and well-worn stones, Dennis McCann finds the melancholy, the humorous, the tragic, and the universal in Wisconsin’s cities of the dead.
October 13, 2012
Joyce Westerman and the All American Girls Professional Baseball League
Speaker, Bob Kane
Joyce Westerman grew up on a farm in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. As a kid, she cleaned the barn, picked vegetables, and helped her father cut down trees. But what she really loved to do was play baseball. Joyce played ball at recess and with friends whenever she could. She even joined her aunt’s adult softball team when she was only twelve. As Joyce got older, she went to work at a factory in Kenosha. But when World War II broke out, she got a chance to try out for the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Women from all over the country signed up to show off their skills. Only a few were good enough, and Joyce was one of them. For eight years, Joyce travelled around the United Stated playing ball, winning the league championship in her last season.
November 10, 2012
Visionary Conservation: The Internationl Crane Foundation
Speaker, Culley Shelton, Interpretive Programs Manager
“For almost four decades, the International Crane Foundation has worked worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend. Discover the 15 crane species of the world through beautiful photography, personal stories, intriguing science, and an engaging discussion with Cully Shelton, Interpretive Programs Manager at ICF.
December 8, 2012
Garden Wisdom: Lessons Learned from 60 Years of Gardening
Speaker, Jerry Apps, Author and Historian
Step into the garden with writer and rural historian Jerry Apps. In this treasure trove of tips, recollections, and recipes, Jerry combines his hard-earned advice for garden success with a discussion of how tending a garden leads to a deeper understanding of nature and the land. From planning and planting to fending off critters and weeds, he walks us through the gardening year, imbuing his story with humor and passion and once again reminding us that working even a small piece of land provides many rewards.
January 12, 2013
The Christmas Tree Ship 100th Anniversary in 2012
Rochelle Pennington, author and columnist
One of the most well-known shipwrecks of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan’s Christmas Tree Ship, delivered holiday evergreens to the citizens of Chicago each Christmas season. It was caught in the “Great Storm of 1912″ and subsequently went to the bottom of the lake fully loaded with trees. The captain’s wife, Barbara, along with their three daughters, then carried on for twenty years afterward in honor of “Captain Santa” and in the spirit of everything he believed in. The ship is still loaded with its cargo today and is a popular Great Lakes dive site.
February 9, 2013
Age of Excess: Victorians Going Over the Top
Speaker, John Eastberg, Pabst Mansion historian
Victorians are known for their strong moral character, however we will examine the delight and decadence that also defined the age. The presentation is enhanced with a collection of amazing photographs that cover architectural design and the personalities that helped make this period the most dynamic in American history.
Lost & Found: Victorian Architecture in
The Victorian period of architecture paralleled the growth and development of Milwaukee as one of America’s leading cities. Stunning architectural gems were created to establish the appearance of Milwaukee as a cultural and commercial center. While many of these buildings have fallen to the wrecking ball, we also seek out the best of those that have survived from this golden age in Milwaukee architecture.
March 9, 2013
Sweet and Sour Pie,
A Wisconsin Boyhood
Speaker, Dave Crehore, author
As a young boy, Dave Crehore moved with his parents from northern Ohio to the shipbuilding town of Manitowoc on the shores of Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan, where the Germanic inhabitants punctuate their conversations with “enso,” the local radio station interrupts Beethoven for commercials, and the outdoors are a wellspring of enlightenment.
Crehore’s stories of his youth in 1950s Wisconsin are peppered with engaging characters and a quiet wit. Through all the adventures—and misadventures—in a small town and in the great outdoors of Wisconsin, family is always at the center. This gently humorous look back at a baby-boomer’s awakening to adulthood will be appreciated by members of any generation.
April 13, 2013
Dubuque Third Street Cemetery
Robin Lillie, Skeletal Biologist for the Office of State Archaeologist Burials Program, Iowa
Robin will take us on a journey to an unmarked 19th century burial ground located in Dubuque, Iowa. Excavations and research are done to locate and give names to more than 900 burials. Poor record keeping and disintegration of wooden burial markers have led to major problems, but this team of scientists from Iowa continues to work hard to solve those problem. This is CSI in a cemetery.
May 11, 2013
Bottom’s Up: A Toast to Wisconsin’s Historic Bars and Breweries
Jim Draeger, Architectural Historian for WHS
Bottoms Up” celebrates Wisconsin’s taverns and the breweries that fueled them. Beginning with inns and saloons, the book explores the rise of taverns and breweries, the effects of temperance and Prohibition, and attitudes about gender, ethnicity, and morality. It traces the development of the megabreweries, dominance of the giants, and the emergence of microbreweries. Contemporary photographs of unusual and distinctive bars and breweries of all eras, historical photos, postcards, advertisements, and breweriana illustrate the story.