January, 2013 Volume 10, No. 3
SATURDAY, January 26, 2013; 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Cravath Lakefront Building
Whitewater Street, Go Under the Arch and Left
It’s the 2nd Annual Whitewater Collects; an opportunity to see some interesting collections of community members. This year’s program will feature a special display of Whitewater advertising plates and cups. Remember when your local merchants gave out free stuff like thermometers, pens and pencils, or special dishes? Come and see some great examples of Whitewater memorabilia plus much more. This year the event is on a Saturday afternoon to make it more convenient for visitors.
January is membership month. The membership brochure and a return envelope are included. Please consider rejoining the Whitewater Historical Society. This year we are moving into the depot and our expenses will be greater than normal. We hope you will be as generous as you can. Thanks for your past and future support.
DEPOT RESTORATION UPDATE: THE DEPOT IS DONE!!
How many times have you seen this headline, “Depot Restoration Update” and that work was “just around the corner” or “coming soon?” Once the crew actually started in July, they completed the job in a little over four months. The results are amazing. The depot now has a clean, dry, and well-lit work and storage space in the basement; repaired historic windows and doors, repaired brick and stone walls, wood surfaces painted with flattering historic colors, and renovated wood floors. Restored details include the station agent’s office wall that gives the museum a private research space, the restored ticket window, and the soon-to-be-installed decorative metal roof cresting that was missing for decades.
The necessary alterations, an interior staircase to the basement and an accessible bathroom, have been expertly done to blend in with the building so that one might not know they were not original. Even better, there is new halogen track lighting, updating wiring, and updated HVAC ductwork.
This is a headline that has not been seen in a while. As promised, now that the re-installation of the museum is beginning, the depot will have limited open hours prior to our Grand Re-opening Celebration on April 28. The building will be open to the public every Wednesday afternoon, 1:00-4:00 beginning January 23rd. After the grand re-opening, hours will be extended.
UWW Students Help the Society
STUDENT DESIGNS NEW LOGO
Did you notice the new logo at the top of the newsletter? To celebrate the new era the society is entering into, a new logo was commissioned from students in a UWW design class. This was the winner. The board of directors liked the logo’s dynamic appearance and felt that it best represented the society moving forward while honoring our most important asset—the depot museum.
STUDENT DESIGNS WEB SITE—WILL GO ON LINE VERY SOON
Kate Dodge, a graphic design student at UWW, designed the Whitewater Historical Society’s web site. The site address is whitewaterhistoricalsociety.org. If you go there, you will see an “under construction” message. But, it will not be under construction for long. It should be ready to go “on-line” by the end of this month. On the web site will be information about the depot museum, society programs, and upcoming events. There will be a menu to access historical articles, the newsletters, the depot renovation, and much more. The society hopes to have a UWW student work each semester as our “web master,” to train us and to keep the site up-to-date. Eventually, the society hopes to have lots of on-line content for local history researchers.
STUDENTS MAKE VIDEOS
On our new web site there will be one or more videos about the Whitewater Historical Society. They are in the process of final editing and will enhance the web site.
NEW STUDENT INTERN
After a couple of years, the depot museum is again bringing on student interns to help with projects for the society. This semester the intern is Allison Morey, a senior history major who also has an interest in arts management. Allison will be working on helping bring collections back to the depot, organizing those collections, preparing an exhibit for the Arts Walk in April, and helping with the Grand Re-Opening of the depot.
Having UWW students work at the Whitewater Historical Society is a win-win situation for both of us. The students get good hands-on experience while the all-volunteer society gets consistent help in keeping the museum open for regular hours and working on new exhibits and other projects. Thanks to board member Linda Robinson, a communications professor at UWW, for coordinating the logo, web site, video, and marketing projects. Linda’s contributions have helped take the Society into its new era.
SHELVING ON THE WAY
Thanks to the $700 matching grant from the Wisconsin Historical Society, $1,400 of shelving for our collections is on the way. It will provide archival level storage for the fine collections of the depot museum. It won’t be long before it is filled with the society’s photographs, manuscript collections, textiles and other artifacts. Come see it at our Grand Re-Opening.
GRAND RE-OPENING—DON’T FORGET
Speaking of the Grand Re-Opening; it is “on track” for April 28. There will be a dedication ceremony, tours of the building, the first exhibit, the Arts Walk exhibit, and the first viewing of the Esterly Seeder in decades!! Great food and fun activities will be part of the afternoon’s agenda and rumor has it that a very special group will be providing musical entertainment.
The next newsletter will come about a month late; instead of March, it will be in April and will contain all the information on our Grand Re-Opening. See you then!