Holmen Area Historical
Society Programs: 2014
All Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Holmen Village Hall unless otherwise
Jan 8: “George Edwin
Taylor, First African American Candidate for President” by Bruce
- An orphaned Taylor came to La Crosse
after the Civil War, taken in by a local black family.
He went on to own and edit labor
newspaper and become a leader in Wisconsin’s People’s Party.
Labor, Race, and Liberty is Dr.
Mouser’s book about Taylor’s “historic run for the white house and
the making of independent black politics.”
“Felix Spiller and The War Eagle
Tragedy” by Richard Frost - In 1870, the steamship War Eagle, burned
when docked at Prairie La Crosse.
Storyteller Richard Frost will recreate
that night and the heroic efforts of the ship’s barber
(Women’s History Month):
“Dr. Lilian B. Tracey, Onalaska Trail
Blazer for Women’s Health” - Joan Dolbier will present the life and
career of this area’s first female osteopathic physician and
She campaigned for birth control,
control of alcohol abuse, and care for the elderly and handicapped.
Her motto was “I seek no favors and shrink from no responsibility.”
and Responsibilities in History” – Holmen Middle School’s top
National History Day projects will be presented.
These never fail to impress us with
their polish in depth research.
– “Tips for Preserving Family History” - Susan T. Hessel “connects
the generations through her personal history business, Lessons from
She will describe how she uses the
interview process to help develop memoirs, autobiographies, or even
a video or oral history.
June 4: 7:00 PM “Treasures
in the Onalaska Historical Society Museum” –Our own archivist,
Hannah Scholze, is also the Onalaska Historical Society’s new museum
She will share her discoveries, many of
which overlap Holmen history as well.
We will meet at the museum
in the Onalaska Public Library, 741 Oak Avenue South.
“Holmen Area Historical Society, Past
and Future” - To commemorate the society’s twentieth anniversary,
members will share historical society memories as well as their
hopes for our future.
Join us for ice cream sundaes and good
“Antique Appraisal Fair Revisited” – The
2013 Appraisal Fair led by Mark Moran was so successful, we decided
to offer this entertaining and informative program again.
This year the event will be held at the
Holmen Village Hall.
Register up to three items, at $10 each,
at the Holmen Area Public Library.
Last year we sold out of slots, so
“Long Coulee School” – Pauline Bratberg
Van Dunk grew up across the road from this rural Holmen school. In
fact, her great uncle, Ed Bratberg, taught there in the late 1800’s.
Pauline will incorporate family stories,
photographs, and the newly discovered Treasurer Reports (1876-1947)
into her presentation.
“The Dulcimer, Then and Now” – Musician
and teacher, Judson Steinback, will take us back to the origins of
the traditional dulcimer up to its contemporary uses.
We hear its sweet sounds as part of
Grand Picnic’s holiday music each year.
“Civil War Citizen Soldiers” by
John Dudkiewicz and Pete Seielstad -
Three Civil War veterans are buried in
the Norden Cemetery behind Lewis Valley Lutheran Church.
What was military life like for these
men who represent many from this area, some new immigrants to this
country? Dudiewicz and Seielstad are members of Company B, 2nd
Wisconsin Civil War Re-enactors, coordinating the annual reenactment
Holiday Potluck –We are 20 years old, a special reason to
gather and celebrate.
Grand Picnic, our house band, has played
at our annual potluck every year since they first formed in 1998,
and this year is no exception.
All are invited to bring a family
favorite dish to pass, to visit, and to tap toes to Grand Picnic’s
spirited old time string band music.