Stowell House at WCTU a success

Israel Stowell Temperance House

The presentation of the Stowell House to the WCTU was a success. The house was shown to the National WCTU convention. Women from most of the 50 states were represented at the four day convention, which kicked off with a visit to Old World Wisconsin. The Stowell House was one of two big features Friday night, including Milwaukee District Attorney. The WCTU audience was in awe over the mention of 33,000 books in the Stowell house. Hopefully this will raise awareness to other groups. The Stowell House now has even more national recognition, and we continue to raise awareness daily with presentations locally, as well as the work being done on the house. We can always use donations, either in the typical form, or in the form of labor, tools, services (such as tree cutters who can help remove the trees that threaten to fall on the house), or perhaps you know a bit of history on it that we don’t? Stop on by the Historical Society Saturday or Monday 10-2 or by appointment. Your help is much appreciated.

Richard Quinney’s visit

For those of you that missed Richard Quinney last night, you missed a great presentation. Quinney talked about his growing up in Delavan, and shared some unique photos that aren’t often seen, such as the one taken in front of the Stowell House where his mother took a photo of his father, while his father took a picture of his mother at the same time. A photo from inside a car driving down Dam Road in Delavan as well, which you rarely if ever saw due to the time it took to take a photo then. He then shared some of his books with us, he had brought a rather large collection, and allowed everyone to take one or two if they wished. Among the books handed out was one about growing up in Delavan. Another was a journal he had kept for a year. “Field Notes” and the newly published “And Then Came the Liberators” about the German occupation of Norway. This book was written by Albert Jaern, translated by Kathleen Stokker, and published by Quinneys Borderland Books. As they would say in the early Delavan papers, “A good time was had by all”.

Delavan Daze set for August 11th and 12th!

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The event will feature “best of the season” sales, music, street performers, chalk walk, arts, crafts, food and a 175th birthday party for Delavan.

Delavan merchants will mark down their merchandise to the lowest possible prices. Participating businesses include Brick Street Market, Bibliomaniacs, Delavan Gold and Diamond Exchange, Remember When, Scene II, Bradley’s Department Store, Hair Techniques, Pac Ratz and Lubick Gallery on South Third Street.

Delavan Daze is a new event created by the Downtown Business Association in lieu of Maxwell Street Days.

The DBA aims to recreate the feel of an art mecca as it was at the turn of the century when Delavan, as an art colony, attracted students from the Chicago Art Institute. Over the past three years, the DBA has had public art displays throughout the summer. This year, birdbaths are the featured art object on display and for sale throughout the downtown. Proceeds from the sale of the birdbaths help the Delavan-Darien High School Art Club and beautify downtown Delavan.

Richard Quinney at next Historical Society event

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Next Delavan Historical Society event will be held here at Delavan Historical Society at 7 PM on Thursday, August 18th, 2011! Make sure to mark your calendars for this! This month will feature Delavan author and writer Richard Quinney! Not sure who he is? This is an exerpt from his Wikipedia page:

Richard Quinney (born 1934) is an American sociologist, writer, and photographer known for his philosophical and critical approach to crime and social justice. After earning his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, he taught at several universities on the East Coast and in the Midwest. He was awarded the Edwin Sutherland Award in 1984 by the American Society of Criminology for his contributions to criminological theory. He is currently professor emeritus of sociology at Northern Illinois University.

Quinney is also the author of several books that combine photography with autobiographical writing. Recently he founded the independent press Borderland Books in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to Quinney’s works, the press publishes books by other notable Wisconsin authors such as Roy Chapman Andrews, Glenway Wescott, and August Derleth.

This is an event not to be missed! Also remember, you can stop by the historical society any Saturday or Monday from 10 AM to 2 PM and we’ll be happy to help you out!

Open House on Saturday March 19, 2011

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On Saturday, March 19th, the Delavan Historical Society will be holding an Open House at the Delavan Historical Society Exhibit & Resource Center located at 635 E. Wisconsin St., in Delavan from Noon – 4pm.

The special Local Organization Exhibits being featured through July are the Delavan lake Improvement Association, The Monday Club, and the Garden Club. These organizations are amoung Delavan’s oldest. Members from each of the organizations will be on hand to share information and talk about their displays.

Wall displays include information on Delavan’s Circus History and interesting information about the early settlement of Delavan.

Publications about Delavan, Delavan t-shirts, and Delavan notecards will be avaialbe for sale and are excellent gift ideas for the hard to buy for Delavan lover in your life.

Refreshments will be served. Please join us.

Attendees will also be able to take a look at our new location and find out about what the Delavan Historical Society Exhibit & Resource Center has to offer our visitors and local community.

Repairs and Improvements at the ISTH

Israel Stowell Temperance House

Repairs and cleanup have been ongoing since takeover of the building. Windows, yard work, roof and foundation repair were some of the considerations.

Wood-covered windows were the city’s concern, because of the poor impression on passers-by. A large bay window and another were replaced. Unfortunately, two soon were broken but vigilant neighbors saw it and the boys were apprehended. Hopefully the cost will be reimbursed. Plexiglas replacement is under consideration.

Many scrub trees, stumps and undesirable growth needed attention. Adam Sandberg of Sunrise Gardens LLC of Darien volunteered to work on the exterior in his spare time and completed a considerable amount of cleanup and promised to continue the work. Many thanks to Adam.

Necessary repairs were needed for roof and foundation. Several holes in the roof and around the building allowed entrance to animals and rain water. Volunteer Brian Bickle helped seal up several openings around the building; Mayor Mel Nieuwenhuis took care of roof repair and John Finley set traps, catching a house cat and two raccoons which he humanely returned to the out of doors. A volunteer has offered to do some work on the foundation to seal up the building as soon as weather permits. We greatly appreciate their contributions.

Chesko’s Donation of the Israel Stowell Temperance House

Israel Stowell Temperance House
On August 2, 2010 Ed Chesko met with Delavan Historical Society and Save the Israel Stowell Temperance House officers and attorneys Dale Thorpe and Julie Nommenson and signed over the Israel Stowell Temperance House deed to the Delavan Historical Society. Thanks and appreciation go to Mr. Chesko, the attorneys, Fred Walling, Larry Waller and the City of Delavan officials and employees and all those who contributed surveying, title search and other services at no cost.

Successful Home Tour Fundraiser

Israel Stowell Temperance House

The tours of Ron Markwell’s Allyn Mansion and John Cangelosi’s first Delavan Allyn home on July 10 and 11, 2010, was a great success, thanks to the beautiful homes’ owners and the many volunteers and businesses that helped. The tour raised $3,136 to help save the Israel Stowell Temperance House.

Latest news on the acquisition of the Israel Stowell Temperance House

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The latest news on the acquisition of the Israel Stowell Temperance House, located at 61-65 E. Walworth Avenue.

The raze order on the building has been moved to July 15th. A committee of interested citizens throughout the community and beyond have come together to save the building. This committee is functioning as a sub-committee of the historical society.

Ed Chesko, the owner of the building has offered it to the Delavan Historical Society in hopes of the building getting the restoration it desperately deserves.

We have an attorney on-board who has already been making the wheels turn faster than anyone could have imagined. Dale Thorpe, an attorney with Thorpe & Christian SC, has donated his time and expertise. He has also solicited the donations of title services from Chicago Title Company; surveying services from Farris Hansen & Association in Elkhorn; and Larry Thomas – Baxter-Woodman has completed a Phase 1 Environmental Survey.

Currently the books are slowly moving out of the building, and the lawyers are finalizing the contracts. We expect to have ownership of the building the latter part of July.

The first fundraiser is set for July 10th & 11th, when Ron Markwell and John Cangelosi will host an open house of both the Allyn Mansion and A.H. Allyn’s first home in the city of Delavan at 6th & Washington. (Also known as the Phillips/LaBar House)

The Open House will run concurrently from 1pm—5pm both days, and the cost will be $10.

These are two remarkable homes, and you don’t want to miss the opportunity to see them. Tickets are available at Bradley’s, Piggly Wiggly, and the Delavan Historical Society Exhibit & Resource Center.