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CANCELED – Getting Your House To Talk Workshop

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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 […]

Swiss Croft Dairy farm Camp to be Topic of August Program

Historical Society 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.. […]

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

Historical Society 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 […]

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

Historical Society 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 […]


Historical Society The program on Delavan’s Vitrified Brick Street has had a time change. The program will begin at 1:30pm NOT 1:00pm our usual starting time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Temperance House Committee to Meet

Israel Stowell Temperance House The Israel Stowell Temperance House Committee will meet at 9am March 10th at the Community Ban Community Centre. This meeting is open to anyone interested in the preservation of this landmark.

Preserving Your Old Photographs

Historical Society Preserving Old Photos will be the topic of the Delavan Historical Society’s “hands-on” meeting on Thursday, February 16th at 1pm. The meeting will be at the Community Bank Community Centre, located at 825 E. Geneva Street. This workshop if free of charge and open to the public. Attendees are asked to bring 4 photos they want to properly preserve. Refreshments will be served.


Historical Society Osborn Distributing has generously offered to accept aluminum cans to benefit the Temperance House! Just take your cans to Osborn Distributing on Mound Road, and when dropping them off – tell them that they are for the Israel Stowell Temperance House (ISTH)! The can donation $$ will go towards the restoration of the ISTH! They are open Monday – Friday 1pm-4pm and Saturdays 8am – Noon. Please save your cans for us! PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!!..