2017 Museum Season Begins

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Mark your calendars! The Winnebago County Historical & Archaeological Society‘s summer schedule begins this Saturday, June 3. The historic John R. Morgan residence at 234 Church Avenue in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, will be open from 10am to 1pm every Saturday until the end of September. You can also stop by our Pie on the Porch bistro at the Oshkosh Saturday Farmer’s Market on Main Street in Oshkosh to buy a delicious slice of pie. All proceeds go to the society’s operating fund. Your support is appreciated!

If you haven’t been to the Morgan House you are missing out! This beautiful home was owned by one of Oshkosh’s pioneer lumber families. The Morgan family owned a sawmill along the Fox River for over a century. The house was acquired by the WCHAS in 1987 from Miss Constance Misky, who once lived in the home and ran a cosmetology school on the first floor. Since 1987 the society has beautifully maintained the property and furnished the home to reflect the living standards of the Morgan’s stature. When it was built in 1884, the Morgan’s had the most “modern” conveniences a homeowner could have in the city at that time. There was running water, both hot and cold, to several of the rooms in the house. The home was heated by steam heat, and electric bells were installed to summon servants and butlers to the Morgans’ every need.

While none of the furnishings on display are original to the Morgan family, you will see the original handcrafted wood decorations and original wallpapers that have adorned this beautiful Queen Anne style home since the day it was built. It is truly a treasure from Oshkosh’s lumbering heyday.

Tours of the house are always free to the public, but the society welcomes and appreciates donations which help to preserve this beautiful treasure. If you are unable to come see the home during open hours on Saturday, please call or send an email to set up an appointment to get a tour on a day that works for you.

Have you visited the Morgan House before?! Comment below to share your experience!

MH Fundraiser Off To A Fast Start

 

WCHAS launched a formal fundraiser in December to create a dedicated fund to support the preservation of the historic Morgan House.  We are pleased to report that through March 2017 $8,925 in donations have been received.  This brings us to 25.5 % of our goal of raising $35,000.  Our friends at the Kuenzl Foundation are supporting our efforts with a dollar-for-dollar match.  If we fully achieve our goal, WCHAS will have an account with $70,000 dedicated solely to the maintenance and preservation of the Morgan House. Some of the major expenses we will face in the near future include a new roof and driveway.  Additionally, as we found out in late 2015-16, unanticipated repairs can be significant.  Over $32,000 in unexpected costly repairs were performed during that time.  We are working to get ahead of things by thoughtful planning and taking positive preemptive measures with challenges we will certainly face.  WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

If you’d like to support our effort, your tax-deductible donation can be sent to the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation by filling out the Donation Form. We cannot do this without your help. As always, your support to preserve local history is greatly appreciated.

 

 Pie on the Porch Finds New Location

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Last year Pie on the Porch underwent some changes at the Farmers Market when we lost our “home front” in the building on Merritt and Main. With the help of several volunteers, we managed to cart our supplies and pie slices from Raulf Place to the corner every Saturday. Thanks to all who helped in that effort! We had to do away with table service last year as well. Obviously, this was less than an ideal setting.

So we sought out a new location for this year in hope of finding a more permanent home. The Karners owners of Crescent Moon Antiques and Salvage came to our rescue and welcomed the opportunity to be our new host location! Thank you, J. and Julie Karner! They are located at 537 N. Main St. We will be able to go back to the table service our patrons have asked for. We will still serve hot coffee, lemonade, bottled water and of course, those delicious home made slices of pie!

We are always looking for more pie bakers! If you can bake a pie to donate, please contact one of our co-chairs (Greg Bellmer or Patti Yana) listed below and we will put you on our call list. You can donate a pie weekly, monthly, or as often as you’d like. All types and flavors of pie are welcome!

We also need volunteers to help us set up the booth, cut pies, serve tables, work in the booth, and to tear down the booth. You can volunteer two hours or all morning; every week, once a month, or as often as you’d like. Helping at Pie on the Porch is a fun and rewarding experience! If you are interested in being a volunteer please contact one of the co-chairs below and we will get you set up on our volunteer schedule.

If you can help out or have any questions or suggestions, please give one of our Pie on the Porch co-chairs a call.

Greg Bellmer – gbellmer1@yahoo.com or (920) 290-4182
Patti Yana – pattiyana54@gmail.com or (920) 582-9616

Our Pie on the Porch motto is “We’re glad you’re here!” Please consider helping us out. Thank you!!!

 

Courthouse Photo Album

Austin M. Frederick

If you have read some of my other blog posts, you can tell by now that I have a passion for the Winnebago County Courthouse. I work for the county maintenance department and it’s one of the buildings that I regularly work in. My supervisor, a super-awesome guy that cares about historical preservation as much as I do, has me working on polishing the brass in the building–cornices, mail chutes, elevator doors, door hardware, etc. We have also secured an original courthouse light fixture that was removed years ago. It will be going back up in the lobbywhere it belongs sometime in the near future.

IMG_3418 Courthouse Light I Have Restored

I’ve gained somewhat of a reputation at work and with friends for being obsessed with the building. It’s such a beautiful building constructed during the Great Depression in the midst of a county-wide controversy–more on that later! It’s also one…

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