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_ Dear Friends,
The Grove Historical Society in Evansville is proud of our preservation efforts and sponsorship of successful family-friendly programs. This success is due to tremendous support from people like you, whose donations benefit everyone who lives in or visits our community. Just take a look at some of these noteworthy accomplishments:
Restoration of the (1897) Baker Office Building, former world headquarters for the well regarded windmill manufacturer and now enjoying a new purpose as a museum. What a gratifying project! And there is a bonus: The quality and care put into this building has been recognized with local and state awards.
Hundreds of excited participants at the first Civil War Rally ‘Round the Flag, commemorating the 150th anniversary with home front reenactment activities. During a weekend of living history, infantry, artillery, parade, military ball, engaging history lectures, cemetery talking spirits, period style show, even a beard growing contest gave all ages something to enjoy.
A Walking Guide to Historic Evansville. This popular do-it-yourself tour guide book showcases Evansville's notable residential district, cited by the Wisconsin Historical Society at “the finest collection of 1840s to 1915 architecture of any small town in Wisconsin.” Here you will find Italianate, Greek Revival, Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Prairie, and Queen Anne styles, among many.
Our mission is to “discover, keep, and share Evansville’s story.” With your support, we will build on our successes. Here are some of our projects in progress:
Motor tourism history gets a boost when we finish staging and relocating the remaining Antes tourist cabin to our museum site.
The next Civil War living history weekend will expand to include a school day program for approximately 2,200 area middle school students.
A brand-new genealogy day program focusing on the Norwegian heritage of the area.
An updated edition of the walking guide to Evansville, to include our new National Register Historic Districts.
Evansville is a wonderful community with people dedicated to preserving its culture by preserving its history. Several groups are collaborating with us in these efforts, including the Evansville Community Partnership, Evansville Chamber of Commerce, Evansville Fund, and Evansville Community Theater.
The Grove Society has excellent, notable programs. Please help us continue this work with your financial and volunteer support. Membership is affordable at $10 per person, or $15 per family. You also can make a difference with your tax-deductible contribution. And your time will be well rewarded with the camaraderie, appreciation and satisfaction that comes from making a difference today and for the future.
John R. Decker,