Categotry Archives: Speaker

Pioneer Wisconsin Cabinetmaker; Ithiel Tilden, August 23rd, 7pm, Presented by Patti Marsicano

Pioneer Wisconsin Cabinetmaker; Ithiel Tilden In 1855, Ithiel Tilden loaded a wagon with his family, personal possessions, three wide mahogany boards and a huge piece of rosewood leaving Utica, New York heading for the village of Delavan in Wisconsin.            A cabinetmaker by trade, Tilden was considered a woodworking artist and his furniture was in high demand. Working with native woods like walnut and cherry, Tilden produced furniture for families who came here with the minimum amount of furniture and couldn’t […]

Railroads in Delavan Presented by Richard Burnes, July 19th, 7pm

On this Thursday evening, July 19 at 7 p.m. Richard Burnes, a railroad historian, will present a program, “Railroads in Delavan.”  A railroad enthusiast since he was a young child, Burnes’ first memory of trains is crossing the train tracks in Chicago at two years old.  A steam locomotive stopped and Burnes has been fascinated with trains ever since. His uncle was the assistant superintendent of railroad sleeping and dining cars; that gave him a contact with railroad travel and service.  […]

Paul Lange’s 150th Birthday Program

All are welcome March 22 at 1 p.m  to the celebration of  Paul Lange’s 150th birthday at the Delavan Historical Society’s Center, 663 East Ann St.  Lange was declared “The Father of Wisconsin Arbor Day” by the Wisconsin Legislature in 1951 for his efforts to create the day.  .  Lange, a deaf teacher of forestry at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf for 32 years. also wrote many articles for the Janesville Daily Observer and translated German articles on deaf […]

Upcoming DHS Programs & Annual Meeting–March, April & May 2017

March 16, 2017: Program: “Cool story about Abraham Lincoln”! 1pm at DHS resource center. April 20, 2017: DHS Membership Annual Meeting & Program “Ice Harvesting” by Carol McClernon and DHS elections. 7pm at DHS resource center. May 18, 2017: Program: “History of Bradley Department Store” by Lois Stritt and Bill McKoy. 7pm at Bradley’s Dept Store, 222 E Walworth Ave, Delavan, WI. Refreshments will be served, everyone welcome!

Share Your Memories of Halloweens Past!

The Delavan Historical Society invites all to come and share their favorite ghoulish and foolish “memories of Halloweens past” at 1pm, Oct 20th at our Delavan Historical Society Resource and Exhibit Center at 663 Ann St off South Seventh St. Those revealing past transgressions should know that the statute of limitations has surely run out on their actions. Halloween incidents from the past published in the Delavan Enterprise and Delavan Republican will be shared. Treats will be served with tricks […]

Walworth County Historical Society Presents Black Point House and Gardens Program by David Desimone

Wednesday May 18, 2016 at 2 PM PLEASE SAVE THE DATE ABOVE TO ATTEND THIS PRESENTATION BY David Desimone from Black Point House and Gardens! Come to Heritage Hall in Elkhorn to hear David Desimone, director of the Black Point Estate Museum on the south shore of Geneva Lake, take you on a trip around Geneva Lake describing the grand homes and resorts that have been lost, which highlights the importance of historic preservation. Designed by Adolph Cudell, Black Point […]

Delavan Historical Society Thursday, May 19th 7 pm Presents: The History of The Village Supper Club

Holland to Delavan; Subject: Nieuwenhuis Immigration

Thursday, September 20th, at 7:00pm Historical Society, Israel Stowell Temperance House In 1998, Ed Chesko visited the Nieuwenhuis rummage sale, and suggested to Mel Nieuwenhuis that he should interview his parents and some other members of the Dutch community about their life stories. He suggested asking where they came from and how they came to Delavan. Mel thought this was a good idea, and relized his son Aaron was the perfect age to partner with him on this project. The […]

Swiss Croft Dairy farm Camp to be Topic of August Program

Historical Society The Swiss Croft Farm Camp will be the subject of the August meeting of the Delavan Historical Society on Thursday, August 16th at 7pm. John & Marian McClellan will share the history of the McClellan family farm and the story of its several decades as a summer camp for kids on a working dairy farm. The program will take place on Thursday, August 16th at 7pm at the Community Bank, Community Centre located at 826 E. Geneva St.. […]

May Program to Feature Civil War Monument

Historical Society The Delavan Historical Society’s May program will be on Delavan’s Civil War Monument, presented by Ken Wargo with special guest, violinist, Rachael Riggs. Mr Wargo is the chairman of a committee that is working towards restoring the monument which has fallen victim to its age and the elements. He will be presenting some history on the dedication of the monument, the work that has been done to prepare it for the Memorial Day Ceremony, and the work that […]