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January 2006 Newsletter

 JANUARY, 2006                                                          Volume 2       Issue 3       ___________________________________________________________________________

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the Whitewater Historical Society will take place on Wednesday, January 25 at 6:45 p.m. in the  Irvin Young Public Library

Please note the change of location.

 

Meeting Schedule:

6:45 p.m.:  Refreshments

7:00 p.m.:  Program

7:30 p.m.:  Business meeting

 

JANUARY PROGRAM:

Crazy Over Crazy Quilts!

The January Program of the Whitewater Historical Society will be presented by member Kathleen Lashley, a local quilt historian.  Kathleen will present a half-hour program about the history of this particular style of quilt making and will show specific examples from the DepotMuseum collection. 

 

For the last quarter of the nineteenth century, crazy quilting was the “in” thing to do.  As a result of the Industrial Revolution, women had more time on their hands and were encouraged by the women’s magazines, the arbiters of taste and fashion of the time, with advice on making crazy quilts, as well as the art of homemaking.  Decorative art became the rage and every woman strove to create a beautiful home.  These sometimes highly embellished pieces are true documents of history, giving us an overall impression of nineteenth century life and customs.

 

A large percentage of the quilts in the collections of the Depot Museum are crazy quilts.  Due their fragile condition, though, they are not displayed.  This will be a rare opportunity for society members and the public to see these quilts and hear an expert comment on them. 

 

The Quilt Program begins at 7:00 p.m. at the public library.  Refreshments before and after program. 

 

Depot Museum News

 

Energy Improvements

As part of the energy saving improvements the City of Whitewater has undertaken in city-owned buildings, a new heating and air conditioning system will soon be installed in the depot museum.  Currently, workers are adding insulation, new caulking, and weather stripping to make the building more energy efficient.

 

The Whitewater Historical Society has agreed to cover heating and air conditioning costs up to $2,000 per year, with the City of Whitewater contributing anything over that amount for the next several years. 

 

The society had a heating and air conditioning system 30 years ago when the depot opened, but it had to be shut down due lack of funds to pay the costs.  Since that time, the society has received some generous donations and done fund-raising so that we can pay some of the costs today.    

 

Depot Museum News (continued)

The advantage of a heating and cooling system is that our artifacts and displays will be housed in a more consistent environment, even when the museum is not open.  Although the temperatures will be kept energy-efficient during the times the building is closed, there will be less stress on the artifacts from radical changes in temperatures.

 

Another advantage of this new system is that the depot museum could be open during the winter for general hours and school tours.  The society will be discussing this issue in the months to come.

 

Department of Transportation Grant for Depot Improvements

The historical society and the City of Whitewater will be applying for a Transportation Enhancement Grant to do some improvements to the depot museum. 

 

This grant could be used for needed improvements at the depot, such as a new roof (our old one is over 30 years old), improved lighting in the interior, painting, window improvements, and perhaps, remodeling of the basement to create much-needed work space and storage. 

 

The first step will be to hire an architect to do a feasibility study on what needs to be done and about how much it would cost.  The city and the society have agreed to split the cost for this study. 

 

Stay tuned for more information in the next newsletter. 

 

MEMBERSHIP NEWS

January is the society’s annual membership meeting.  If you have not paid your dues for 2006 and are not a life member, please make your payment at our January 25th meeting or send in the coupon below.

 

NEWSLETTER NEWS

Thanks to the generosity of old and new members, we received over $150.00 in membership dues and added donations during the last couple of months.  This will allow us send the newsletter five times this year (before each meeting) instead of two.  We will be able to communicate more often about our meetings and about society news. 

 

Thank you to all who made a 2006 donation!

 

If you have not made your 2006 dues payment and cannot come to the meeting, or if you are receiving the newsletter for the first time and cannot attend our meeting, you can send in the following coupon.

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            Send to:  Carol Cartwright

                          W7646 Hackett Rd.

                          Whitewater, WI  53190

 

WHITEWATER HISTORICAL SOCIETY

W7646 Hackett Rd.

Whitewater, WI  53190

 

OFFICERS OF THE WHITEWATER HISTORICAL SOCIETY

President:                         Ellen Penwell, 473-8294

VP & Museum Curator: Carol Cartwright, 473-6820

Secretary:                         Bobby Landsee, 472-9739

Treasurer:                         Gregg Gauger, 473-3918

Board of Directors:

                Richard Landsee, 472-9739

                Kathleen Lashley, 473-5804

                John Newhouse, 473-6710

                Michele Smith, 473-4547

                Mariann Scott, 473-4219

 

MEETING REMINDERS:

JANUARY 25, 6:45 P.M.:  IRVIN YOUNG

                LIBRARY

 

MARCH 22, 7:45 P.M.:  IRVIN YOUNG

                LIBRARY

 

POT-LUCK:  MAY 24, 6:30 P.M.:  STARIN PARK COMMUNITY BUILDING

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS!