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 walcohistory.org.

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

October Program to Highlight Taverns Around Delavan Lake

Lawyer's Tavern

The October 16th program of the Delavan Historical Society will be about Bars, Taverns, and Saloons in the Town of Delavan. Please join us as we discuss and reminisce about the place we use to meet up with friends at and the places our parents use to frequent. This program will be all about the audience participation, so bring your memories and photos!

Thursday, October 16th at the Community Bank, Community Centre, 825 E. Geneva Street., Delavan at 7:00pm. Refreshments will be served.


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 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.