**HOLIDAY HOURS**

The Delavan Historical Society Exhibit & Resource Center will be closed on Saturday, December 26th and Monday, December 28th, 2015. We will return to our regular hours, Mondays & Saturdays 10am – 2pm on January 5, 2016.

Delavan Historical Society Annual Meeting January 21, 2016

On Thursday, January 21st, the Delavan Historical Society will host its annual meeting. Elections of Directors will take place during the meeting. We currently have one director’s position open.

The program will be held at the Delavan Historical Society’s Exhibit & Resource Center at 663 E Ann St at 1pm.

Delavan’s Heritage Fest to be held June 24 – June 26, 2016

Heritage Fest Click on “Heritage Fest” for event line-up or visit delavanheritagefest.com for updates.

Maxwell Street Days/180th Anniversary Celebration, August 13, 2016

THE CIRCUS RETURNS TO DELAVAN, WI ON JULY 28, 2013

The Delavan Historical Society will be welcoming the Carson & Barnes Circus on Sunday July 28, 2013 at the Lake Lawn Airport.  The circus will have performances at 2:00pm & 5:00pm.

The Delavan Historical Society will be welcoming the Carson & Barnes Circus on Sunday July 28, 2013 at the Lake Lawn Airport. The circus will have performances at 2:00pm & 5:00pm.

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 interviews that began with his parents Eli & Alice Nieuwenhuis, went on to include interviews with Arie & Shirley Terpstra and George and Willy Jeninga. These films were put away for many years, and a few of those interviewed are no longer with us making these dialogues even more prized.

The Eli and Alice Nieuwenhuis interview will be the subject of the upcoming Delavan Historical Society Program. From their homeland of Holland, discover how they came to southeast Wisconsin and their discussions about what they left behind.

This program will take place on Thursday, September 20th, at 7:00pm at the Community Bank Community Centre, 826 E. Geneva Street. This program is open to the public and free of charge. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Patti Marsicano 745-9473.

Swiss Croft Dairy farm Camp to be Topic of August Program

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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.. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome!

This will be the last evening program of the year. In September the programs will return to 1pm.

Israel Stowell Temperance Tavern Awarded Grant for Feasibility Study

Historical Society,Israel Stowell Temperance House

GREAT NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION!!!!!!!!

“It is a pleasure to inform you that your organization has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the National Trust Preservation Fund for your Building Usage Feasibility Study for the Israel Stowell Temperance Tavern project. The National Trust is very supportive of this worthwhile preservation initiative and we hope that this financial commitment will assist your organization in raising any additional funds needed for this effort.”

May Program to Feature Civil War Monument

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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 still needs to be done. For information on how to donate to the restoration of the monument go to: www.delavanmonument.com

This Delavan Historical Society program will be given at 7:00pm on Thursday, May 17th at the Community Bank, Community Center, 825 E. Geneva St., Delavan. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information on the Delavan Historical Society, visit www.delavanhistory.org.

Vitrified Brick Street to be topic of Delavan Historical Society’s Upc

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Delavan’s famous brick street was constructed in 1918 and reconstructed in 1996 while Ron Henriott was Mayor of the City of Delavan. Despite years of heavy travel by horse drawn conveyances and automobiles, much of the original brick paving material was re-used to complete the project. The brick street is listed on the Federal and State Registers of Historic Places and represents one of the last and best remaining examples of original brick paved roadways in the State of Wisconsin.

Henriott will be sharing information on the reconstruction project in a program for the Delavan Historical Society on Thursday, March 15th at 1pm at the Community Bank Community Centre located at 825 E. Geneva Street. This program is free and open to the public.