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.

CARSON-BARNES–CIRCUS SAURUS!!

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 DHS upcoming events that are open to the public and are at 7 pm April-September and at 1 pm October-November the Delavan Historical Society’s Exhibit and Resource Center at 663 E Ann St, with the exception of the Tacos and Tequila Fundraiser for the DHS at Hernandez Restaurant.

1. DHS Exhibit & Resource Center Open House–Sat, Apr 14th 10:00 am-2:00  pm.

2. DHS’s Annual Show and Share program–Thurs, Apr 19th 7:00 pm, followed by a short DHS meeting,

3. Tacos and Tequila Fundraiser for the DHS at Hernandez Restaurant–Sun, Apr 22nd 11:00 am-8:00 pm, $12 per ticket.

4. The John Buckles Collection—Thurs, May 24th, John Finley

5. Local Railroad History—Thurs, July 19th, Richard Burnes

6. Presentation on the Tilden Furniture—Thurs, Aug 16th, Patti Marsicano

7. History of Delavan parks/recreation—Thurs, Sept 20th, Eddie Wichman

8. Lake Lawn Resort History (celebrating 140 years)—Thurs, Oct 18th

9. The Buzzell History and Family Collection—Thurs, Nov 15th

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!

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!!

dhs-christmas-party-2016

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
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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
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