Summer 2014 Newsletter

Summer Special Edition

Special Program: “Fountain of Memories: Whitewater Roots and Reminiscences”

WHO: Barbara Birge, descendant of Pioneer Resident Julius Birge, will present excerpts from great-grandfather’s 1860s Whitewater diaries and western travel account

WHEN: Saturday, July 5, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Cultural Arts Center (Old White Library), 402 W. Main St.

The Whitewater Historical Society is pleased to partner with the Whitewater Arts Alliance to sponsor a program about pioneer resident Julius Birge given by his great granddaughter, Barbara Birge, PhD, of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Julius Birge was the first child born in the pioneer settlement of Whitewater and went on to become a successful businessman. He gave the city of his youth the decorative Birge Fountain on July 4, 1903, an historic landmark that still stands in front of the old White building. His 1861 to 1866 diaries are a treasure-trove of information about Whitewater during the Civil War era. In 1866, Birge and friends set off for an “adventure” in the west and he later wrote about his travels in a book
called The Awakening of the Desert, recently audio-recorded by Barbara Birge and also recently re-published as a printed and electronic book.

The program will also include a rare look at the Civil War era drawings of Henry Rile, which show Whitewater at the time Birge was living here and information about the Birge Fountain.

Please save the enclosed flyer and join us at this special event over the 4th of July weekend.

Whitewater Historical Society
P. O. Box 149
Whitewater, WI 53190