The Wisconsin History Tour is at the Ephraim Historical Foundation Anderson Barn Lobby » July 2-29 » Open Tue - Sat, 10 AM - 4:00 PM » 3060 Anderson Lane, Ephraim, WI

Wisconsin History Tour Events

Exhibit Opens in Ephraim July 2

Ephraim Historical Foundation Anderson Barn Lobby

The Wisconsin History Tour is an Outreach Initiative of the Wisconsin Historical Society

» Tue, July 22     » Wed, July 23     » Thu, July 24     » Fri, July 25     » Sat, July 26


TUESDAY, JULY 22

TUESDAY » 10 AM » FREE

Jens Jensen: Writing Inspired by Nature

Book talk and Signing at Peninsula Bookman, 4083 Main St., Fish Creek. Books available for purchase.

Join Bill Tischler, author of the Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, Jens Jensen: Writings Inspired by Nature, and Mike Schneider, Executive Director of Door County's The Clearing Folk School (Jensen founded) for a discussion of the celebrated landscape architect's life, work and thoughts on nature.


TUESDAY » 12:30 PM »FREE

Meet and Greet at the Exhibit

Join Wisconsin History Tour hosts, Jim Draeger and Mary Jane Connor, at the Ephraim Historical Foundation Anderson Barn for a guided tour of the exhibit and lemonade and cookies. 3060 Anderson Lane, Ephraim.


TUESDAY » 8 PM » FREE

One Small Farm: Photographs of a Wisconsin Way of Life

Book talk and signing with author Craig Schreiner at Sister Bay Historical Society's Corner of the Past, located at the intersection of Highway 57 and Fieldcrest Road in Sister Bay

Spend an evening with Schreiner as he shares experiences through his photographs of life on the Lamberty Family Dairy Farm.

This event will be preceded by the Sister Bay Historical Society's annual ice cream social fundraiser at 6:30 p.m.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 23

WEDNESDAY » 10 AM » FREE

Practical Preservation for Your Family Treasures

Presented by Katie Mullen, Preservation Coordinator, Wisconsin Historical Society Library-Archives, Ephraim Village Hall, 9996 Water St., Ephraim.

Learn the best practical ways to handle, store or show off family treasures, and find out when and where to seek the help of a professional conservator.


WEDNESDAY » NOON » FREE » History Sandwiched In Lunchtime Event

Wisconsin Lighthouses

Book talk and signing with authors Ken and Barb Wardius. Books available for purchase at the event. Ephraim Village Hall, 9996  Water St., Ephraim.

Ken and Barb take you to a bygone era of romance, dedicated lighthouse keepers, and eerie tales of haunted structures through their Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, Wisconsin Lighthouses: A Photographic and Historical Guide

Followed by an optional tour of Eagle Bluff Lighthouse at 2 PM at Peninsula State Park, 9462 Shore Road, Fish Creek. Lighthouse tour: $3 per person.


WEDNESDAY » 1:30 PM » FREE

Genealogy Workshop

Researching Your Family and Local History: the Collections and Services of the Society and Area Research Centers Network

Presented by Lori Bessler, Wisconsin Historical Society Reference Librarian, and Deb Anderson, UW-Green Bay and Area Research Center Coordinator. Ephraim Village Hall, 9996 Waters St., Ephraim.

Come and learn about the valuable local and family history collections housed nearby and how you can access these useful resources.


THURSDAY, JULY 24

Wisconsin's Own: 20 Remarkable HomesTHURSDAY » NOON » FREE History Sandwiched In Lunchtime Event

Wisconsin's Own: Twenty Remarkable Homes

Presented by Jim Draeger, Architectural Historian and Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Officer. Ephraim Village Hall, 9996 Water St., Ephraim. Books available for purchase.

Bring a sack lunch and join us for a discussion of the architectural highlights and history of 20 remarkable historic Wisconsin homes from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press book Wisconsin's Own.


THURSDAY » 1:30 PM » FREE

Tax Credits for Historic Buildings

Presented by Jim Draeger, Architectural Historian and Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Officer, Ephraim Village Hall, 9996 Water St., Ephraim

Learn how to reduce restoration costs by applying for tax credits and other resources.


THURSDAY » 6 PM » $30
Wisconsin Historical Society Taste Traditions
My Life with the Green and Gold by Jesse Garcia

Jessie Garcia Shares Stories

"Entertaining!" "Funny!" "Great stories." "Authentic."

Join us for a fun night out for dinner and discussion with author Jessie Garcia as she shares stories from her Wisconsin Historical Press book,

My Life with the GREEN & GOLD: Tales from 20 Years of Sportscasting

Historical stories from Jessie's sports travels in the past two decades have played to rave reviews. Be on the sidelines at Lambeau Field, inside the locker room, aboard the Packer bus, and in the host's chair at the Mike McCarthy Show as Jessie shares experiences from her road travels as a sportscaster.

Sign up for Taste Traditions with Jessie Garcia by phone or online: 608-264-6555 or click here. Tickets are $30 and seating is limited. Taste Traditions with Jessie Garcia will be held at the historic Ephraim Village Hall, 9996 Water St.

My Life with the Green & Gold books, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, will be available for sale the night of this event. Plus, Jessie sticks around to personally autograph.

FRIDAY, JULY 25

One Room SchoolsFRIDAY » 10 AM » FREE » FOR KIDS

One Room Schools

Book talk by Susie Apps-Bodilly, Ephraim Village Hall, 9996 Water St., Ephraim.

Teatcher Susan Apps-Bodilly, author of the Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, One Room Schools: Stories form 1 Room, 1 Teacher, 8 Grades, will take kids of all ages on a journey through the one-room school experience. Try your hand at the lesson of the day. Learn about school lunches of the past. Play an old-time recess game. Books will be available for purchase at the event with a book signing to follow.


Return to Wake RobinFRIDAY » NOON » FREE » History Sandwiched In Lunchtime Event 

Return to Wake Robin

Book talk and signing with author Marine Mamminga, Ephraim Village Hall, 9996 Water St., Ephraim.

Marine Mammigna shares family stories from five generations of trips to the Mamminga cabin, Wake Robin. The award-winning author of the Wisconsin Historical Society Press book -- and Wisconsin Public Radio A Chapter A Day audio book -- Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Retreats, invites you to share in the campfire tales and family memories.


Building TaliesinFRIDAY » 7 PM » FREE

Building Taliesin

Book talk with author Ron McCrea, Ephraim Village Hall, 9996 Water St., Ephraim.

Spend an evening admiring the uncomplicated lines -- and complicated life story -- of Wisconsin's most famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Ron McCrea, former daily newspaper editor and Frank Lloyd Wright historian, shares the history -- and recently uncovered photos -- of Wright's first Taliesin from McCrea's award-winning Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Home of Love and Loss.


Family Fun SATURDAY, JULY 26

Old World Experience: EphraimTamara Thomsen Great Ships on the Great Lakes
SATURDAY » NOON TO 3PM » FREE

Old World Experience: Ephraim

Bring the whole family to explore the past at The Green at the Anderson Barn History Center in Ephraim. The afternoon begins with a short, interactive Shipwrecks for Kids activity with Tamara Thomsen, followed by history-related activities like decorating your own historic kite, completing a "Wisconsin History Tour" scavenger hunt and much more!

The presentation is based in part on the Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, Great Ships on the Great Lakes, and will be followed by history-related kids' activities like decorating your own old-fashioned kite, learning one-room school recess games, and much more! To RSVP click HERE!

Wisconsin Historical Society Members receive a FREE GIFT!


Wisconsin Historical Society Taste Traditions
My Life with the Green and Gold by Jesse Garcia

Jesse Garcia Shares Stories

"Entertaining!" "Funny!" "Great stories." "Authentic."

Join us for a fun night out for dinner and discussion with author Jesse Garcia as she shares stories from her Wisconsin Historical Press book,

My Life with the GREEN & GOLD: Tales from 20 Years of Sportscasting

Historical stories from Jesse's sports travels in the past two decades have played to rave reviews. Be on the sidelines at Lambeau Field, inside the locker room, aboard the Packer bus, and in the host's chair at the Mike McCarthy Show as Jessie shares experiences from her road travels as a sportscaster.

Sign up for Taste Traditions with Jesse Garcia by phone or online: 608-264-6555 or Shop.WisconsinHistory.org. Tickets are $30 and seating is limited. Taste Traditions with Jesse Garcia will be held at the historic Ephraim Village Hall, 9996 Water St.

My Life with the Green & Gold books - published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press - will be available for sale the night of this event. And, Jesse sticks around to personally autograph.
Wisconsin Historical Society Taste Traditions
My Life with the Green and Gold by Jesse Garcia

Jesse Garcia Shares Stories

"Entertaining!" "Funny!" "Great stories." "Authentic."

Join us for a fun night out for dinner and discussion with author Jesse Garcia as she shares stories from her Wisconsin Historical Press book,

My Life with the GREEN & GOLD: Tales from 20 Years of Sportscasting

Historical stories from Jesse's sports travels in the past two decades have played to rave reviews. Be on the sidelines at Lambeau Field, inside the locker room, aboard the Packer bus, and in the host's chair at the Mike McCarthy Show as Jessie shares experiences from her road travels as a sportscaster.

Sign up for Taste Traditions with Jesse Garcia by phone or online: 608-264-6555 or Shop.WisconsinHistory.org. Tickets are $30 and seating is limited. Taste Traditions with Jesse Garcia will be held at the historic Ephraim Village Hall, 9996 Water St.

My Life with the Green & Gold books - published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press - will be available for sale the night of this event. And, Jesse sticks around to personally autograph.

Wisconsin History Tour Exhibit is on display all month

Become a Society Member today!We invite you to join us as we visit Ephraim during the month of July, where the Ephraim Historical Foundation Anderson Barn will host the standing exhibit of our Tour!

As the Wisconsin Historical Society travels our state with our Wisconsin History Tour: Sharing Wisconsin’s Stories One Community at a Time, we have hopes to spend time with — and share stories of the past with — Wisconsin residents just like you!

The Society brings a handcrafted exhibit to Ephraim July 2 - 29 in order to share glimpses of collections we have gathered since our founding in 1846 — ranging from a Civil War soldier’s letters home to Wisconsin shipwrecks and maritime stories from the Great Lakes. 

 


 

Wisconsin History Tour Exhibit

Come see our Wisconsin History Tour exhibit featuring:

  • Local historic photos and stories      
  • The Wisconsin story of malted milk
  • Maritime dives exploring shipwrecks in the Great Lakes
  • History of the Wisconsin Historical Society, starting in 1846
  • National collections of acclaim right here in Wisconsin
  • Portraits of the Ho-Chunk Nation 
  • A Civil War soldier’s letters home
  • Collections that have become Curators’ Favorites
  • Stories behind our historic sites and museums
Ephraim Historical Foundation Anderson Barn

Founded in 1949 through the efforts of a former teacher to save the historic one-room school schoolhouse where she taught classes, the Ephraim Historical Foundation celebrates its 65th anniversary in 2014. When Helen Sohns learned that the village of Ephraim planned to either tear down or radically modify the school, she solicited the aid of friend Warren Davis, who spearheaded a successful campaign to buy the schoolhouse. It was the first of what are now the foundation's five historic properties: the 1854 Iverson House; the 1855 Goodleston Cabin; the 1858 Anderson Store; and the 1880 Anderson Barn, which houses the foundation's offices, a museum and an archival resource center. The Anderson Barn will hosts the Wisconsin History Tour exhibit. 

VISIT THE EPHRAIM HISTORICAL FOUNDATION AND GET YOUR PAST-PORT STAMPED! Visit more historic destinations and attend events on the Tour and collect more stamps. GET THREE STAMPS AND BE ENTERED TO WIN Real Wisconsin PRIZES!


PAST-PORT BlogJim Draeger, Wisconsin Historical Society Director of OutreachMary Jane Connor, Wisconsin History Tour Coordinator

Follow Jim and Mary Jane » The "faces" of our Tour

Jim Draeger and Mary Jane Connor hope you’ll visit our Wisconsin History Tour when it is in your community.They are looking forward to meeting as many people as they can while they're on the road. Jim and Mary Jane will be on-site during the five days of events. At the Wisconsin Historical Society, Jim is an architectural historian and Director of Outreach. Many Wisconsinites know him as the author of the popular Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, Bottoms Up. Mary Jane has worked for months in advance preparing for the Tour as the Wisconsin History Tour Coordinator. Stop by and introduce yourself! Follow the PastPort blog.


Wisconsin History Tour Past-Port

Get your FREE PAST-PORT stamped!

Adding more fun and intrigue to our Tour »
With each Tour stop, we will provide you with your own "official" Wisconsin History Tour PAST-PORT when you visit the first time!

Your travel PAST-PORT provides a list of programs that will take place during the Wisconsin History Tour in our host community and nearby historic destinations. Receive a stamp in your PAST-PORT each time you attend an event or destination. When you have three stamps, bring your PAST-PORT to that month's Tour host and enter to win Wisconsin history prizes including signed books from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press and custom Wisconsin gifts from the Wisconsin Historical Society Museum Store. 

Drawings for our Tour stop in Ephraim take place during our Tour’s Old World Experience: Ephraim family fun day, with free activities 
on Saturday, July 26, from noon to 3 p.m.

PastPort prizes from Wisconsin Historical Museum


The Wisconsin History Tour is generously underwritten in part by the

Kohler Trust for Preservation

with additional support from the 

Judd S. Alexander Foundation
American Printing
Culver’s
Murco Fund
We Energies Foundation

Wisconsin Historical Society

Collecting, Preserving and
Sharing Stories since 1846

 

Thank you to our Tour Sponsors

The Wisconsin History Tour is generously underwritten in part by the

Kohler Trust for Preservation

with additional support from the 

Judd S. Alexander Foundation
American Printing
Culver’s
Murco Fund
We Energies Foundation
Racine Community Foundation

 

Media Sponsor: Wisconsin Public Radio

Print Sponsor: American Printing

Wisconsin Historical Society

Collecting, Preserving and Sharing Stories since 1846