Historical Society

 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!!!

 

WCHAS Board Visits Peniel Church

Written by board member Patti Yana

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Nestled on the boundary line between Fond du Lac and Winnebago County sits one of the best kept secrets in Fond du Lac County. The Peniel Church, completed in 1856 is located on County Road FF.  The original building was enlarged in 1868 and a kitchen added in 1871. A vestibule was built in front in 1894.

The church began as a Calvinistic Methodist congregation, but by 1920 they were known as the Welsh Presbyterian Church. In 1955 they united with the Presbyterian Church with English services. The Peniel Church dissolved in 1977 and members transferred to churches of their choice in the surrounding community. However, the church is still maintained by a devoted group of nine trustees who keep the building up and running.

The church has no running water, heat or AC, but does have electricity for lights and ceiling fans. An outhouse graces the grounds as a testimony to times past and is still functional today. The church building’s floor actually slopes to the sides to represent the inside of a ship. Stained glass windows, movable pews, a piano, and a working 100 year old organ complete the ambiance of days past. The curious two door entrance takes us back to the days when men and women entered through separate doors and sat on different sides of the church.


The Winnebago County Historical & Archaeological Society decided to help this small dedicated church community preserve this historic building by making a donation to their preservation project. After doing so, the WCHAS Board was graciously invited for a tour last fall. What an awesome historic gem! The building is still occasionally used for weddings and funerals and some Sunday “sings”. However, the main event called a Gymanfa Ganu is held annually on the fourth Sunday every August at 2:30.  Last fall’s “sing” drew almost 250 people to help them celebrate 160 years! This tradition started 93 years ago in 1923. The church even has one member who boasts that she has been at every Gymanfa Ganu starting as an infant! We were also rewarded with a few songs on the historic organ and piano.

The Wisconsin Historical Society’s History of the Oshkosh Welsh Settlement 1847-1947 lists the John Rodgers Morgan family as members. The WCHAS was honored to be a part of helping to preserve this part of history on behalf of the Morgan family.

Christmas Open House

 

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Come visit the beautiful and elegant John R. Morgan House decorated for Christmas. This 1884 Queen Anne style home is a time capsule of a bygone era of Oshkosh. Come learn about the home, the Morgans and their lumber company and how the Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society maintains the house. You can enjoy refreshments, entertainment, socializing and take home a small gift ! The house is open 3-8 pm and is free to the public.

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Winnebago County Historical & Archaeological Society
234 Church Ave
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Volunteer Today!

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Get involved with a great organization! We have several committees to choose from to volunteer in. All of them help to fulfill our society’s mission to promote and preserve local history. Contact us today to get involved and volunteer!

Email- WinnebagoHistoricalSociety@gmail.com

Call (920) 267-8007

Work in the Morgan Library

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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!