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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.

 

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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Morgan House Preservation Fund

On December 15, 2016, we launched a campaign with the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation to raise money for the future preservation of the Morgan House. The money will be used exclusively for the preservation, maintenance, and repairs to the historic structure. The roof of the house will need to be replaced in the next 2-5 years, and it could cost us up to $50,000 to replace it with historically appropriate materials.

The Kuenzl Foundation will generously support our fund raising effort by agreeing to match, dollar for dollar, up to $35,000 of donations received! With the matching funds available, we will achieve a foundation of $70,000 to prepare us for some critical repairs in the next few years.

So far we have raised $7,100! Will you help us preserve local history? Click here for the link to information on making a donation to the fund. Thank you for your support!

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2017 WCHAS Book Club

It’s a new year and a new reading lineup for book club! Join us the last Tuesday of each month at 6pm in the Morgan House for refreshments and discussion. Contact us today about joining the book club.

 

January- Salt: A World History – Mark Kurlansky

February- Devil in the White City – Erik Larson

March- The Girls of Atomic City – Denise Kiernan

April- Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America’s Wild Frontier – Stephen Ambrose

May-The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America – Andrés Reséndez

June- Alexander Hamilton – Ron Chernow

July-Waubun the Early Day in the Northwest – Juliette Augusta Kinzie

August-A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression – Jane Ziegelman, Andrew Coe

September-Nothing Like It in the World:The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-69 – Stephen Ambrose

October-Neither Snow nor Rain: A History of the United States Postal Service – Devin Leonard

November- The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl –  Timothy Egan

December- The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey – Candice Millard