May 2013 Newsletter

May, 2013  ­­                                                                             Volume 10, No. 5


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

6:30 Pot-Luck

7:00 Annual Meeting


The Whitewater Historical Society’s most important meeting of the year is coming up next Wednesday.  The Annual Meeting is an opportunity for you, the member, to vote on officers, let the Board of Directors know how they are doing, and have a say in how the society will operate in the coming year. 


It is a tradition that we start with a pot-luck.  Just bring a dish to pass, anything, really, home-made or store-bought.  After the pot-luck the Annual Meeting will begin.  The following is the agenda for the Annual Meeting.


  1. Call to Order.
  2. Adoption of Agenda.
  3. Minutes of the 2013 Annual Membership Meeting
  4. Introduction of 2012-2013 Board Members.
  5. Review of 2012-2013 Activities
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Presentation of Slate of Board Nominations and Election



Vice-President:  Alan Marshall

Treasurer:  Gregg Gauger

Director, 3 year term:  Linda Robinson

Director, 2 year term

  1.  Highlights of coming events for 2013-2014.


Grand Reopening Celebration

The Grand Reopening Celebration on April 28 was a great success.  It is estimated that 200 people were there.  The depot looked great, the band was great, and the weather was great!  In all, a “great” day.


Summer Depot Hours

One of the most important things the society must now do is to have the depot open to the public for more hours.  Here are the minimum hours the Board of Directors agreed that the depot should be open this summer:

Wednesdays 1-4 

Sundays and/or Saturdays 1-4

Thursday evenings June 27 and July 11-August 15, 6:00-8:00

Special Events at Cravath Lakefront Park:  Pig in the Park, June 15; Fourth of July and Car Show, National Night Out, August 6. 

It would also be nice to have the depot open another weekday, all we need are volunteers. 


Being a docent at the depot can be as simple as just being there for visitors or can also involve working on projects.  There will be a formal meeting of volunteers in the near future and if you have not expressed an interest and would like to, or feel you could spend some time at the depot this summer, please come to the Annual Meeting to sign up or contact Carol Cartwright at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 262-473-6820.  If you signed up at the grand reopening celebration or on your membership form, you will be contacted shortly. 


Web Site Wins Juried Award

The Whitewater Historical Society web site, designed by Kate Dodge, a UWW graphic design student, has won an award for best web site design at the MAGD Expo.  MAGD Expo is an annual juried show for video game design, web design, audio, 3D modeling and animation.  This year the theme was “Our Town.”  The judges mentioned that they were especially impressed in how the web site was designed and created using an open source Content Management System such as Joomla.  While some of us don’t understand this technology, those that do found Kate’s work outstanding.  We took a while to get on the web, but when we did, we got an award-winning site. 


Not gone to the web site?  Please do.  It is at  The more people who go to the web site, the higher its ranking will be in search engines.  There is some good historical information on the site that you might find interesting, as well. 


Membership Receipts

Due to the pressing needs of the depot grand reopening, your membership director (and newsletter editor, secretary, and depot curator) never got your receipts to you, so you will find them in this newsletter mailing.  Obviously, the newsletter editor was wearing too many hats, so another of the society’s board members, Renae Prell-Mitchell, is taking over this job.  You should be getting your membership receipts in a timely manner from now on. 


If you did not get a receipt and paid your dues, contact Carol Cartwright at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so I can get one out to you.  If you are a past member still getting the newsletter and would like to update your membership, send $15 individual ($10 over 65), $25 family, or more to Carol Cartwright, W7646 Hackett Rd., Whitewater, WI  53190.  Thank you all for your patience and for supporting the Whitewater Historical Society.



Whitewater Historical Society

c/o W7646 Hackett Rd.

Whitewater, WI  53190