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Delavan Historical Society members who have paid their 2021 membership dues are eligible to attend and vote at the annual meeting. The 2021 annual meeting will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 7 pm. The meeting will cover updated Historical Society By-Laws and elections for our Officers. Here is what you need to know about the annual meeting.

To review the updated DHS By-Laws open the file linked here.

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Elections for the following positions.

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

The nominating committee will present all nominees for each officer position at the annual meeting. If you have nominations for any of these positions please email with the position, name, phone number and email address of your nominee.

Delavan Historical Society Membership Meeting February 18, 2016 1pm

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 for updates.

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


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.”

Stowell House to be featured at WCTU national convention

Israel Stowell Temperance House The Israel-Stowell house will be featured in a slideshow at the Womens Christian Temperance Union’s national convention this year. Why is this significant? The WCTU is the oldest organization in the state of Wisconsin, and promotes Temperance, drug free and alcohol free. These are what the Stowell house was built upon. It was a “dry” hotel, meaning no alcohol was allowed. In fact, the entire CITY of Delavan was founded under the premise of a “dry” […]

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. […]

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 […]