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May 24

When? May 24, 7 PM

Who? Prof. George Christiansen III

What? Talk on Stone Tools

Where? Sauk County History Center

Free to the public

 

 

Sauk County Historical Society

History Center

900 2nd Ave., Baraboo, WI

  Archaeology Dig 2017

Archaeology Dig 2017

Sauk County Caches

By the end of the first three decades of the twentieth century, six spectacular archaeological finds had been reported for Sauk County.  These finds consisted of deposits of finished and unfinished stone tools that had been buried, and apparently lost and/or intentionally abandoned, by their makers.  Although some archaeologists were aware of these finds, many had forgotten where the artifacts had been curated and unfortunately, the early reports did not reveal much about the tools themselves.  In 2017, three of the six deposits were found in the collections of the Sauk County Historical Society and the Reedsburg Historical Society.  The items underwent analysis and formed the basis for research in how people thousands of years ago used the land and the resources around them to survive in a world very different from the one we are accustomed to.  George W. Christiansen III will share the results of the analysis and discuss what has come to be understood about the hunters and gatherers of Sauk County who lived 2000 to 3000 years ago. This event is FREE and open to the public.

 

 

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Native American Artifacts Lecture

May 24th 

7 p.m.

Sauk County History Center

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By the end of the first three decades of the twentieth century, six spectacular archaeological finds had been reported for Sauk County. These finds consisted of deposits of finished and unfinished stone tools that had been buried, and apparently lost and/or intentionally abandoned, by their makers. Although some archaeologists were aware of these finds, many had forgotten where the artifacts had been curated and unfortunately, the early reports did not reveal much about the tools themselves.

In 2017, three of the six deposits were found in the collections of the Sauk County Historical Society and the Reedsburg Historical Society. The items underwent analysis and formed the basis for research in how people thousands of years ago used the land and the resources around them to survive in a world very different from the one we are accustomed to.

George W. Christiansen III, archaeology instructor from the U.W. Baraboo, will share the results of the analysis and discuss what has come to be understood about the hunters and gatherers of Sauk County who lived 2000 to 3000 years ago.

This FREE lecture will be at the History Center, 900 2nd Ave., Baraboo, Thursday, May 24, at 7:00 pm.

 

 
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Celebrating the 100th

Anniversary of

Ochsner Park

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Founders' Day Picnic

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 6 PM

Join us at the large fireplace shelter at Ochsner Park to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the park which is the epicenter for early Baraboo history. The public is invited to attend. Tickets are required. 

Menu: Pulled pork and chicken sandwiches, Fresh fruit salad, Baked beans,

Wild rice salad, Fresh vegetables & dip, Lemonade and Brownies

Please purchase your picnic tickets by May 29, 2018.

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Ochsner Park Centennial

The Society’s annual Founders’ Day Picnic will be held on Tuesday, June 5th at 6 p.m. at the large fireplace shelter at Ochsner Park in Baraboo. A delicious summer picnic meal will be catered by Geffert’s Catering of Reedsburg followed by a presentation on the Ochsner family and the park, which turns 100 this year. The area is the epicenter of the Baraboo’s history with the first dam built along the Baraboo River at the west side of the park and the first permanent settler’s cabin built on the high hill overlooking the river. Forty-five years later, the property was rural acreage between Baraboo and Lyons (West Baraboo) when Henry and Judith Ochsner purchased it, built a house and moved to Baraboo to retire. Their property became Baraboo’s first public park when twelve acres were obtained from their five children. Though purchased in 1918, the land was slow to be developed due to the shortage of manpower during World War One. It quickly became popular, and just eight years after the property was purchased a small zoo was started with a cage for bears and another for monkeys.

The public is invited to attend the picnic and help celebrate the centennial of the park. The picnic will be the first of two events to celebrate the centennial with another event planned for July to celebrate with descendants of the Ochsner family.

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 The bandstand at Ochsner Park was built in 1919 and was one of the first structures erected at the park. 

Tour of Historic Homes

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Tour five historic homes plus an historic carriage house!

June 23rd 10 am - 4 pm

$13 per person in advanced (through June 22nd)

$15 per person at the door on June 23rd

Members $2 discount.

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Tour of Historic Homes

When? June 23, 2018    10 am- 4 pm 

Where? Baraboo, Wisconsin

Where to start? Sauk County Historical Society Museum

                         541 4th Avenue, Baraboo, WI 53913

Cost per person? $15 at the door or $13 in advance

The Sauk County Historical Society will host the 2018 Baraboo Tour of Historic Homes on Saturday, June 23 from 10 am to 4 pm. The tour will feature five historic homes and one carriage house in Baraboo ranging in style from folk Victorian to mid-century modern.

The Sauk County Historical Museum at the historic Van Orden Mansion will also be open on the day of the tour featuring a new exhibit entitled “Artists and Artisans” along with other new exhibits. The 2018 tour is sponsored by RE/MAX Grand, Johnsen Insurance, Senger Lumber, Weickgenant Accounting, Baraboo State Bank and Hausmann-Johnson Insurance.

Tickets for the tour can be purchased starting June 1 in Baraboo at the Sauk County History Center, the Baraboo Area Visitors Center and downtown at Corner Drug and in Reedsburg at the Chamber of Commerce.  Tickets can also be purchased here. 

Tickets are $13 per person in advance and $15 on the day of the tour with a $2 discount for members. Tickets purchased in advanced can be picked up at the Sauk County Museum on the day of the tour. 

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The Hatch residence was built in 1902 for William and Johanna Hatch and their family. Hatch was a railroad locomotive engineer. The house cost $5,000 and replaced an earlier house on this site. The house includes a third floor walk-up attic which was used during World War II to house nine employees who worked at Badger Army Ammunition Plant.

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803 5th Street

This home was built on the edge of town when farmer Ed Barstow built a new house in 1898 at the corner of Fifth and Wheeler streets. The house was soon purchased by Julius Hoppe for its seclusion in a grove of trees. It wasn’t long however before Hoppe had neighbors. The city’s growth was fueled by the railroad and since Baraboo was a division headquarters for the Chicago & North Western line there were once over 300 railroad employees who lived in the city. One of them was William Hatch who became a railroad locomotive engineer and in 1902 commissioned a new house to be built in the Queen Anne style with a third floor walk-up attic.

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1212 Warren Street

In the mid-1950s Levi and Gwendolyn Eckhardt had a new house built on Warren Street replete with built-in features. Over sixty years later the house is beloved as a mid-century modern house.

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Carriage House

An 1870s carriage house on Third Avenue will also be one of the 2018 tour stops where guests can see a restored carriage house complete with horse inside.


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803 Birch Street

A fourth tour house on Birch Street was seemingly built in 1928 in the popular Colonial Revival style but has a secret past being an Italianate style house from 1881 which was heavily remodeled. Now beautifully maintained the house has one of the first attached car garages in the city.

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The earliest home dates from before 1886 when it was moved over a half mile across town and set down on a new foundation on Park Street which was then the edge of town. The interior was most likely remodeled at that time and each of the main rooms features a different style of Eastlake woodwork. Forty years later that space would be used to house nine workers at the Badger Army Ammunition Plant during WWII.