Month: August 2016

Winnebago County Courthouse Preservation: Part I

Have you been to the county courthouse lately?!

Austin M. Frederick

Winnebago County Courthouse 1938 Winnebago County Courthouse 1938

I’ve been keeping myself busy these past few months with all sorts of historical projects and am finally getting a chance to blog again. I would say a lot of people out there go to work, put in their time, and punch out at the end of the day. Lately, my line of work has me clocking in volunteer hours after work–but I am ecstatic about it!

I have been working hard to help with some historic preservation of the Winnebago County Courthouse in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Ever since starting work with the county, I’ve fallen in love with this Art Deco monument. It was built during the Great Depression without federal or state relief funds and cost nearly 1 million dollars. You have to step inside to take in the style and beauty of a different era.

One of the items on our “To Do” list is locating some…

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Work in the Morgan Library


Members of the Collections Committee are hard at work cataloging the WCHAS library. Over the years, the society has amassed a collection of books, atlases, directories, and other published works that will soon be available for researchers to use. We have an assortment historical novels on various topics, but our largest collection is of local histories and state histories. We also have a large collection of Morgan Company publications on product lines and company happenings.

Volunteers are welcome to join the committee to help with cataloging work. Once the library is complete we will make the list of books available online, and then the committee will begin work on cataloging the archival material that the society has in its archival storage area (photos, documents, maps, Morgan Company records, etc). Contact us today if you are interested in volunteering!

Variety Night at Time Theater

Live at the Time

“Live at the Time” – a fun filled theater night out beginning at 7:00p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Time Community Theater. Featuring a 59-minute live broadcast to be aired on WRST 90.3 FM, Oshkosh, 30 minutes of a film showing or live music and 30 minutes of live comedy.

To round the evening out and extend the fun, we’ve asked a favorite local haunt, Jansen’s Bar and Restaurant, to offer a special theater night menu.

The live broadcast will feature “The Cedar Chest Letters” a true story about a northern Wisconsin family during the Depression. There are 6 voices in this production and the WCHAS has the option to use local individuals in the broadcast, hence the potential for the casting call. The Brown-Ullstrup Performing Arts Foundation from Kenosha will be managing the production.

About the story: One day, Racine, Wisconsin resident Barbara Tylla was looking through her mother’s old cedar chest and happened upon a packet of old letters. In these letters, Barb found her family’s story of strong women, loving men, and life in the 1930s and early 1940s. She took the letters and wrote a play where despite the challenges of the Great Depression and the early days of World War II, love conquers all. But Barb also goes beyond just telling a story of her family and tells us how this is a story of all of our families in this charming play originally brought to the airwaves in 2013.


Tickets are $20 each. For more information, please contact Anne Anderson at 920-819-5456. As of May 1, tickets can be purchased here, by calling Anne or at our Farmer’s Market booth.

Casting Call for Variety Night Program

The Winnebago County Historical & Archaeological Society is holding auditions for its live radio broadcast event at the Time Community Theater in Oshkosh on Friday October 21, 2016, 7pm.  In addition to seeing the performance live at the theater, the show will be broadcast live on WRST radio. The audition scripts will be provided at the time of the audition.

The Brown-Ullstrup Performing Arts Foundation will be presenting the play “The Cedar Chest Letters” written by Wisconsin writer and actor, Barb Tylla. The play has won several awards. All profits from ticket sales will help fund WCHAS activities and programs.