January 2008 Newsletter

January, 2008                                                              Volume 5       Issue 3       ___________________________________________________________________________


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

7:00 p.m., Starin Park Community Building



Historic Buildings in Whitewater: Uncovered

The Whitewater Historical Society is joining with the Whitewater Landmarks Commission in presenting the public meeting for the Whitewater Architectural and Historical Survey.

This survey was conducted to locate buildings of architectural or historical interest.  Carol Cartwright, who is also a historic preservation consultant, conducted the survey and will give a photographic presentation of the findings.  You may be surprised to know that several new potential historic districts were uncovered and there are “hidden” architectural treasures in Whitewater.  Included in the program will be information about both houses and downtown buildings.  


The program will answer the following questions, among others:

Where are the potential historic districts?

What buildings were historically related to state and federal government?

Other than the Main Street Historic District, what houses are architecturally significant?  Where is the building that is a design from a

famous plan book?

Are there any interesting historic buildings constructed after World War II?



This is membership month for the society.  You may have noticed a form and an envelope.  We thought we would make it easier to send in dues.  Of course, you can also bring them to the meeting on the 23rd.


Notice once again that dues are still only $1.00, so we hope you will be generous in sending an extra donation to support the society.  Donations go toward producing and sending the newsletter, running the museum in the summer, paying our utility bills, and other projects.  This spring, we will undertake our roofing project, with the city only picking up part of the costs.




As you may know, the city is celebrating Freeze Fest 2008 at the lakefront.  The Whitewater Historical Society is participating by having the depot museum open from 10:00 to 3:00 that day.  Ellen Penwell and Carol Cartwright are going to have some special material in the depot related to winter life and Kathleen Lashley will be showing some historic quilts. 


As another special feature, Bill Smith will portray Zerah Mead, pioneer farmer, in front of the Stone Stable.  He will read some passages from Mead’s diary of life in winter on a pioneer farm. 


Note:  The editor apologizes for the brevity of the newsletter this time.  She has an important presentation to prepare!!  We will have a big newsletter in March.




W7646 Hackett Rd.

Whitewater, WI  53190


Dates to Remember

Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 7 p.m.

Starin Park Community Building


Saturday, February 9th

Freeze Fest - Museum is open from 10:00 to 3:00.