Delavan Hauntings-October 17, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM, Presented by Patti Marsicano

Wondering if Delavan ever experienced hauntings or any uunexplainable occurrences?!?  Do you know of a house or business that may have a few more people than the census taker knows about?!?

Next Thursday, October 17th, 7:00pm, Patti Marsicano, DHS president, will share the late Gordon Yadon’s file on local hauntings and share its eerie contents.

Please bring your own Delavan related spooky stories as we celebrate Halloween at the Delavan Historical Society Research and Exhibit Center at 663 E. Ann St.  Our programs are free and open to the public, refreshments will be served.

Native American History in Southeast Wisconsin–Thursday, September 19th, 7 PM, Presented by Ron Neumister

The Delavan Historical Society’s Exhibit and Resource Center will be presenting Ron Neumister, guest speaker on Native American History in Southeast Wisconsin, (specifically Walworth County) on Thursday, September 19th, at 7 p, m.

Topics will include public land surveys, research, collecting, camp sites and burial mounds.  All are invited to attend, especially those interested in prehistory to the society’s exhibit and resource center at 663 Ann Street, Delavan.  The program is free, refreshments will be served.

Delavan Historical Society’s 15th Anniversary–2018 Christmas Party–Fund-Raiser!!

 Please join us to celebrate our 15th anniversary on Sat, Dec 8th at 5:30pm at The Village Supper Club!

Tickets are available at:
The Delavan Historical Society,
The Village Supper Club,
Remember When,
Patti Marsicano,
Brenda Sawtelle, and
Lorie Wuttke
Tickets are $29 per person.


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 afford to order pieces from places like Chicago.  The precious wood that he brought from New York was eventually used to make a parlor set for one of Delavan’s most affluent citizens.

Delavan Historical Society President Patti Marsicano will talk about Ithiel Tilden’s life, and share some of the rare Tilden pieces in the historical society’s collection at their upcoming program.

The program is open to the public and will be held on Thursday, August 23rd at 7:00pm at the Delavan Historical Society Exhibit and Resource Center at 663 E. Ann St., Delavan.

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.  Although he was not a railroad employee himself, he served as a conductor for a time on the railroad that runs from East Troy to the Elegant Farmer and back.

He also has collected much railroad memorabilia and has “steam and coal smoke” in his system!  The program is free and refreshments will be served.  All are invited to the society’s museum at 663 Ann Street, Delavan.


You can purchase tickets from Bradley’s Dept Store, Delavan Historical Society, Lake Lawn Resort, Remember When, Delavan Piggly Wiggly, or Walworth County Visitor’s Bureau. Buy them now and save money!
Performances at 1:30 pm, 4:30pm and 7:30pm at Lake Lawn Resort Airport.

This is a Delavan Historical Society fundraiser.

Get Advance Tickets and Save!

Advance tickets: Adults, $14 – Children $6
online from circus: Adults, $18 – Children $8
at Gate tickets: Adults, $20 – Children $12

So buying advance tickets from the above locations Saves You Money– you save $6 per adult or child ticket compared to the gate price!!!!!!!!!!!! And the Delavan Historical Society needs to have pre-sales in order to make anything…. so please purchase tickets in advance!

Circus Saurus


Mark Your Calendars!!

Mark your calendars for the following 2019 DHS upcoming events that are open to the public and are at 7 pm June l-September and at 1 pm October-November the Delavan Historical Society’s Exhibit and Resource Center at 663 E Ann St.

1. Romeo’s Revenge–Local Author Byron Grush–Thurs, June 20th

2. History of Delavan’s Lions Club–Thurs, July 18th

3. Native American Indian Mounds–Ron Neumister—Thurs, Sept 19th

4. Local Hauntings & Ghost Stories—Thurs, Oct 17th

5. Local Author, Erik Voss—Thurs, Nov 21st

Refreshments will be served at the programs.


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!