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.

(Files formatted as pdf require a pdf reader to view.)

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.

DHS Masks – Now Available

This gallery contains 0 photo.

Delavan Historical Society adjustable masksavailable for $11 in our store. Also available at Remember When Antiques & Collectibles and Lubick Gallery in Downtown Delavan.

CANCELED – Getting Your House To Talk Workshop

Online Registration

Delavan Historical Society’s 2019 Christmas Party & Fundraiser!!

Please join us on Saturday December 7, 2019 At the Village Supper Club, 1725 South Shore Drive, Delavan for the Delavan Historical Society’s 16th annual Christmas Party and Fundraiser!!

5:00pm Social Hour          6:00pm Dinner

We will be raffling off gift baskets, and holding a 50/50 cash raffle. Our special entertainment of the evening will be the festive sounds of the season by the DDHS Choir.

The price is $30 per person, cash bar.  MENU– Choice of: Prime Rib, NY Strip, Orange Roughy, Seafood Fettuccine Alfredo, French Fried Shrimp, OR Chicken Parmesan. Dinner includes:  bread, salad, relish bar, and coffee, tea or milk. Includes tip and tax.

Make your reservation today by calling Sandy at (262)215-0311

Fill out the form below and mail a check to:  DHS, P.O. Box 746, Delavan, WI 53115

**December 7 Fundraiser Christmas Party for the Delavan Historical Society**

Number of attendees_       @ $30              Amount Enclosed $____

Name:                                                          Address:                                                                    

City:_______________  State:                   Zip Code:                               


Dinner Choices :

        Prime Rib,          NY Strip,         Orange Roughy,          Chicken Parmesan

         Seafood Fettuccine Alfredo, Or         French Fried Shrimp

Delavan Hauntings-October 17, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM, Presented by Patti Marsicano

Wondering if Delavan ever experienced hauntings or any uunexplainable occurrences?!?  Do you know of a house or business that may have a few more people than the census taker knows about?!?

Next Thursday, October 17th, 7:00pm, Patti Marsicano, DHS president, will share the late Gordon Yadon’s file on local hauntings and share its eerie contents.

Please bring your own Delavan related spooky stories as we celebrate Halloween at the Delavan Historical Society Research and Exhibit Center at 663 E. Ann St.  Our programs are free and open to the public, refreshments will be served.

Native American History in Southeast Wisconsin–Thursday, September 19th, 7 PM, Presented by Ron Neumister

The Delavan Historical Society’s Exhibit and Resource Center will be presenting Ron Neumister, guest speaker on Native American History in Southeast Wisconsin, (specifically Walworth County) on Thursday, September 19th, at 7 p, m.

Topics will include public land surveys, research, collecting, camp sites and burial mounds.  All are invited to attend, especially those interested in prehistory to the society’s exhibit and resource center at 663 Ann Street, Delavan.  The program is free, refreshments will be served.

Delavan Historical Society’s 15th Anniversary–2018 Christmas Party–Fund-Raiser!!

 Please join us to celebrate our 15th anniversary on Sat, Dec 8th at 5:30pm at The Village Supper Club!

Tickets are available at:
The Delavan Historical Society,
The Village Supper Club,
Remember When,
Patti Marsicano,
Brenda Sawtelle, and
Lorie Wuttke
Tickets are $29 per person.


Pioneer Wisconsin Cabinetmaker; Ithiel Tilden, August 23rd, 7pm, Presented by Patti Marsicano

Pioneer Wisconsin Cabinetmaker; Ithiel Tilden

In 1855, Ithiel Tilden loaded a wagon with his family, personal possessions, three wide mahogany boards and a huge piece of rosewood leaving Utica, New York heading for the village of Delavan in Wisconsin.           

A cabinetmaker by trade, Tilden was considered a woodworking artist and his furniture was in high demand. Working with native woods like walnut and cherry, Tilden produced furniture for families who came here with the minimum amount of furniture and couldn’t afford to order pieces from places like Chicago.  The precious wood that he brought from New York was eventually used to make a parlor set for one of Delavan’s most affluent citizens.

Delavan Historical Society President Patti Marsicano will talk about Ithiel Tilden’s life, and share some of the rare Tilden pieces in the historical society’s collection at their upcoming program.

The program is open to the public and will be held on Thursday, August 23rd at 7:00pm at the Delavan Historical Society Exhibit and Resource Center at 663 E. Ann St., Delavan.

Railroads in Delavan Presented by Richard Burnes, July 19th, 7pm

On this Thursday evening, July 19 at 7 p.m. Richard Burnes, a railroad historian, will present a program, “Railroads in Delavan.”  A railroad enthusiast since he was a young child, Burnes’ first memory of trains is crossing the train tracks in Chicago at two years old.  A steam locomotive stopped and Burnes has been fascinated with trains ever since.

His uncle was the assistant superintendent of railroad sleeping and dining cars; that gave him a contact with railroad travel and service.  Although he was not a railroad employee himself, he served as a conductor for a time on the railroad that runs from East Troy to the Elegant Farmer and back.

He also has collected much railroad memorabilia and has “steam and coal smoke” in his system!  The program is free and refreshments will be served.  All are invited to the society’s museum at 663 Ann Street, Delavan.


You can purchase tickets from Bradley’s Dept Store, Delavan Historical Society, Lake Lawn Resort, Remember When, Delavan Piggly Wiggly, or Walworth County Visitor’s Bureau. Buy them now and save money!
Performances at 1:30 pm, 4:30pm and 7:30pm at Lake Lawn Resort Airport.

This is a Delavan Historical Society fundraiser.

Get Advance Tickets and Save!

Advance tickets: Adults, $14 – Children $6
online from circus: Adults, $18 – Children $8
at Gate tickets: Adults, $20 – Children $12

So buying advance tickets from the above locations Saves You Money– you save $6 per adult or child ticket compared to the gate price!!!!!!!!!!!! And the Delavan Historical Society needs to have pre-sales in order to make anything…. so please purchase tickets in advance!

Circus Saurus