September 2007 Newsletter

September, 2007                                                                          Volume 5       Issue 1      __________________________________________________________________________



Wednesday, September 26, 7:00 p.m.

Starin Park Community Building


The  September meeting of the Whitewater Historical Society’s will be held on Wednesday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Starin Park Community Building in Starin Park



7:00:  Oak Grove Cemetery Tour Movie

8:00:  Business Meeting


The program will be the official showing of the highly successful cemetery tour and marker dedication from May 28th.  If you were not able to make the tours, you can view the movie made by Alan Luckett for the local cable channel.  Those who participated in the tour will also have an opportunity to actually see the tour in its entirety.   


Business Meeting and Membership Voting Issues in September

There will be no voting issues at the September meeting.  As you all know, the Board of Directors had a VERY busy summer.  The business meeting will focus on updates of on-going projects and a brief review of the issues the society will be discussing in the coming year. 



Its time to toot our own horn!!


Oak Grove Cemetery Tour:  The May 28th cemetery tour was a big success.  Our presence in the Memorial Day Parade, along with the historic hearse and the beautiful horse was enjoyed by all.  The marker dedication drew a good crowd, most of whom stayed to take the tour and enjoy getting “up close and personal” with the horse and the hearse! 


The repeat of the cemetery tour during the Home Coming Festival drew more visitors, even though it was a weekday. All the presenters were well-received the the society thanks everyone again for their participation.


Home Coming Festival:  Under the direction of our President, Ellen Penwell, members of the society put together a magnificent display at the UWW’s Crossman Gallery.  The display included artifacts that represented the 1907 Home Coming and Whitewater History.  A big thanks to Ellen’s sister and brother-in-law, owners of Period Paper, for their technical expertise in making this one of the best historical displays ever seen in Whitewater.


Museum:  Due to the Home Coming Festival, literally hundreds of visitors came through the museum.  Our intern, Melissa Schultz, created the Halverson log cabin display in honor of the first Home Coming in 1907, when the Halverson log cabin was moved to the grounds of UWW.  The historical society received the contents of the cabin in the 1960s and the artifacts had never been displayed as a group.  With the help of the volunteer curator, Melissa created the display of artifacts in their proper context and contributed information and photo reprints on the Halverson family, the builders of the log cabin. 

Melissa and Carol also slightly reorganized the space in the museum, creating a better traffic flow, which was really helpful on the days when we had over 200 people visit.


Donations:  Although all our events were made free to the public, we had donation jars available and sold beverages at the cemetery tours.  And, the public responded generously.  We raised over $1,000 dollars after contributing our share of the cost of the OakGroveCemetery marker. 



The Depot Museum will be open on Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m. until November 14.  Our intern, Melissa Schultz, will be working these hours (this is her last semester).  She will continue in her work consolidating museum storage and creating space for new exhibits.  She is currently doing research on the old Custer Rifles, later known as Company C—Whitewater’s National Guard unit.  A display will follow.



Freeze Fest is being planned as you read this newsletter.  Last year the museum was open and we had a good turnout of visitors.  What can we do for an activity?  From last summer’s success, we know that putting on some type of activity gets people interested in the society and can be a fund-raiser.  Bring your ideas to our September meeting!!



Sunday, September 23

2-5 p.m.

If you have been down Whitewater Street, you have seen the progress of the Stone Stable reconstruction.  Doesn’t it look great! A celebration of the progress of the reconstruction and  fund-raiser will be held on Sunday afternoon on September 23.  There will be horses and wagon rides;  farmer’s market vendors; food; and more.  A fun time is guaranteed for all so bring your kids, grandkids, friends, and neighbors. 

If you have not made a donation to the Stone Stable, come to the party and help fill the donation jar.  If you already have donated, come and have fun.



W7646 Hackett Rd.

Whitewater, WI  53190


Dates to Remember

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Meeting of the Whitewater Historical Society

Program:  Oak Grove Cemetery Tour Movie


Sunday, September 23

Stone Stable Festival


Officers of the Whitewater Historical Society

President:        Ellen Penwell (2006-2008)

VP:                    Carol Cartwright (2007-2009)

Secretary:        Bobby Landsee (2006-2008)

Treasurer:       Gregg Gauger (2007-2009)

Board:              Richard Landsee (2005-2008)

                           Kathleen Lashley (2006-2008)

                          John Newhouse (2006-2009)

                          Mariann Scott (2007-2009)

                          Michele Smith (2007-2009)