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 education.  A tree surgery and trimming business he established was continued by his son, Rudy.
He served on the Delavan Park Board for 25 years  At 94 years old, Lange was honored for his contributions when the Delavan arboretum was dedicated..

Don’t Forget!! The Delavan Historical Society & The Daughters of the Union Veterans Tent #23 Christmas Party!!

Christmas Party 2017

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!

Isreal Stowell Temperance House Committee Meeting, Jan 7th, DHS Resource Center, 10am-11:30am

This meeting is for the committee and potential new committee members to brush-up on what has been done to date with the Temperance House, and to prepare for a meeting with Genell Scheurell and Jodi Sweeney of the Sweeney Group on Jan 11, 2017.

DHS 2016 Christmas Party, Dec 3rd, The Village Supper Club

Please join us this Sat, Dec 3, 2016 at the Village Supper Club at 12 noon for this year’s DHS Christmas party!!


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 possible but not likely.

Barbara Shreves
DHS Publicity

Popcorn and a Movie

Come and enjoy “Popcorn and a Movie” on Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m. at the Delavan Historical Society Exhibit and Resource Center. Those who enjoyed the Big Bands that made Delavan’s dance halls the place to be in the summers long past will enjoy seeing and hearing them in the film. Those too young or not lucky to have seen them will be able to become acquainted. .

Gordon Yadon, Delavan’s Mr. History whose phenomenal interest and memories spawned newspaper columns for years, was a big band fan. Also a one-man encyclopedia of the musicians who frequented the lake’s ballrooms, Gordon shared his love and knowledge in the film he created years ago.

Join the party at the historical society at 603 Ann Street just off South 7th Street and it’s all FREE! Refreshments will be served.

Barbara Shreves
DHS Publicity

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 was commissioned by Conrad Seipp (1825–1890), a Chicago resident who emigrated from Langen, Germany, and built one of the largest and most successful breweries in the United States. Built in 1888, this Queen Anne style house was the “summer cottage” to four generations of owners from the Seipp family.

In September of 2005, William O. Petersen, Conrad Seipp’s great-grandson, donated the property to the State of Wisconsin, with all the furnishings in tact, to be experienced and enjoyed as a museum for present and future generations.


Heritage Hall is located on the corner of South Washington and East Rockwell streets, just south of the main business section on Elkhorn. While there is no admission charge, donations to the Walworth County Historical Society will be gratefully accepted.
For further information contact the Society’s website at

Gwen Tveter,
Walworth County Historical Society

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


Delavan Historical Society Membership Meeting February 18, 2016 1pm