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Friday, January 13 through Saturday, April 29
Milwaukee County Historical Society presents Melodies and Memories: 200 Years of Milwaukee Music  (Affiliate Event)
Milwaukee County Historical Center, 910 N. Old World Third Street
 
This comprehensive exhibit will identify the styles, people, organizations, businesses, and places that were, and continue to be, central to Milwaukee music. Visitors can explore the Milwaukee scene from its past through modern day, encompassing diverse genres such as classical, ethnic and sacred music, pop, jazz, and opera.
 
As the soundtrack of life, music is integral to the culture of Milwaukee County. This exhibit will go beyond genre and performer to explain music’s role in Milwaukee’s economic, technological, entertainment, and social spheres. By discovering Milwaukee’s musical history through artifacts, photographs, documents, and audio and visual media, visitors will understand how rich Milwaukee’s music presence was and continues to be. 
 
Admission is free to Milwaukee County Historical Society members. General admission is $7; children 12 and under are free. Open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM (closed Sundays).
 
Be sure to look for details on exhibit-related events at http://www.milwaukeehistory.net or call (414) 273-8288.



Friday, February 17 through Friday, May 26
Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz  (Wisconsin Event)
Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee
ESTHER NISENTHAL KRINITZ was 15 when she defied Nazi orders, separating from her family as they and the other Jews of their Polish village reported to a nearby train station. Making their way to a village where they were unknown, Esther and her younger sister survived the war by posing as Polish farm girls. They never saw their family again.

Fifty years later, determined to show her daughters the family she had lost, Esther turned to needle and thread to create a series of 36 hauntingly beautiful, exquisitely detailed works of fabric collage and embroidery - a legacy born of love, loss, and a the sheer force of memory.
 
For more information, visit the Jewish Museum Milwaukee website at JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org.



Sunday, March 5 through Sunday, November 26
Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Lowell Damon House  (Affiliate Event)
2107 Wauwatosa Avenue (76th Street), Wauwatosa, WI.
 
Lowell Damon House Hours:
Tours are available on Sundays (March through November): 1 to 5pm
Closed holidays
 
Construction started on this home in 1844 by Oliver Damon and was completed in 1847 by his son, Lowell. The house, believed to be Wauwatosa’s oldest residence, stands as a classic example of a colonial home. In 1941, the sons of Alexander Rogers, a former owner, gave it to the Milwaukee County Historical Society. Since then, it has operated as a museum.
 
Admission fee:  $2/person.  For additional information, please call (414) 273-8288.


Tuesday, March 28
La Crosse Area Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm
La Crosse Public Library Lower Level, 800 Main Street, La Crosse
 
My Experience with AncestryDNA by Terry Micks


Thursday, March 30
Music Happy Hour at Milwaukee County Historical Society  (Affiliate Event)
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Milwaukee County Historical Center, 910 N. Old World Third Street, Milwaukee, WI
 
In celebration of their 2017 feature exhibition, Melodies and Memories: 200 Years of Milwaukee Music, join the Milwaukee Historical Society for a Music Happy Hour! The free event is a great time to view the exhibit, mingle with music lovers, and explore the beautiful Historical Society building, while enjoying a refreshing beverage from the bar. 
 
Admission is free.  Beverages are available for purchase at the bar.
 
For additional details, visit: www.milwaukeehistory.net or call (414) 273-8288.



Saturday, April 1
Green County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
2nd Floor Meeting Room, Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Avenue
 
Customs and Traditions of the First People of Wisconsin – Professor Emeritus Theresa Schenck, will discuss some of the cultural practices of the native people of Wisconsin, including daily life, social organization and religion.
 
You may call Sharon (815-868-2416) or Donna (608-921-1537) if you have questions.


Monday, April 3
Fond du Lac County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fond du Lac Public Library, 32 Sheboygan Street


Wednesday, April 5
Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society (SPAGS) Monthly Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm
Lincoln Center, 1519 Water St., Stevens Point, WI
 
Program: "Common Mistakes in Genealogy" presented by Don Schnitzler.


Saturday, April 8
Italian Genealogy Interest Group - Research Meeting  (Wisconsin Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Italian Community Center, 631 East Chicago Street, Milwaukee, WI
 
Known as "Pursuing Our Italian Names Together (P.O.I.N.T.) – Chapter 22”, the Italian Area Interest Group welcomes anyone to their meetings with an interest in Italian family history. For more information, kindly contact George Koleas:  GeorgeJK676@wi.rr.com or call 262-251-7216 after 7pm. 
 
Visit their website for additional details on meetings, as well as a list of surnames being researched by their members:  http://www.orgsites.com/wi/point22/


Tuesday, April 11
Manitowoc County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm
Balkansky Room, Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay St., Manitowoc, WI
 
Program- Mary Jane Herber, of the Local History & Genealogy Dept. at the Brown County Center Library will present the program.


Wednesday, April 12
Milwaukee PAF User Group April Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Klemmer's Banquet Center, 10401 West Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee
 
Topics:  DNA: How Companies Like Ancestry Derive Ethnicity Percentages by Pat Mundstock, and The To-America Series Research on FamilySearch presented by Bob Heck.
 
The parking lot entrance is located on the east side of the building. For additional information, visit http://mpafug.org.


Thursday, April 13
Taylor County Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm
Francis L. Simek Memorial Library, Medford, WI
 
Joint meeting with the Taylor County Historical Society, date, time and place to be determined.


Tuesday, April 18
Postmasters, Carriers and Railway Clerks: Genealogy Records of the USPS  (WSGS Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Presenter: Michael StraussMichael Strauss
  • Webinar Description: Was your ancestor a mail carrier? Did they serve as postmaster? The Postal Service can trace its roots to 1775 during the Second Continental Congress, where Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first Postmaster General. The Postal Service was officially created in 1792, elevated to a cabinet department in 1872, and finally transformed in 1971 to an official government agency. Records of the United States Post Office are an overlooked genealogical pathway worth the effort to search. Many details about family members who may have worked with the postal system from the earliest listings in federal records are available to researchers nationwide. Learn to conduct primary research at the National Archives where most of these records are stored. 
  • Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1157312233397517825
After registering, you will receive an email with information and a link to join us the night of the webinar. Please remember that this is a first-come, first-served webinar, and that there are a limited number of spots to view the webinar live.  Registering does not hold a spot for you.  Those that log in first will be admitted to the webinar.


Thursday, April 20
Polka Night at the Milwaukee County Historical Society  (Affiliate Event)
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Milwaukee County Historical Center, 910 N. Old World Third Street, Milwaukee, WI
 
To celebrate their 2017 feature exhibition, Melodies and Memories: 200 Years of Milwaukee Music, the Milwaukee Historical Society is hosting a “Polka Night" Join them for polka lessons from 6 to 6:30pm with dancing until 9pm.  Beverages will be available for purchase at the bar.
 
Admission: $5 donation
 
For additional details, visit: www.milwaukeehistory.net or call (414) 273-8288.


Thursday, April 20
Mount Horeb Area Historical Society presents Taboo Topics - Explorations of Uncomfortable History  (Affiliate Event)
6:30 pm
Mount Horeb Public Library, 105 Perimeter Road, Mount Horeb, WI
 
Taboo Topics #1 -- Explorations of Uncomfortable History
How to be a Nice Girl:  A History of Women and Body Hair
 
The first in a series of three discussions on “uncomfortable history” topics, the presentation will address “why women shave?”. The short answer to the question is to prove that women are different than men. The long answer is a bit more complicated! Join guest speaker Anna Rusk as she traces depilation practices from Pompeii through present day. 
 
For additional details, call:  608-437-5021 or visit www.mhpl.org


Saturday, April 22
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society’s 20th Biennial Workshop  (Affiliate Event)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Best Western Plus – Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Conference Center, 5105 South Howell Avenue, Milwaukee
 
“Finding Far Away Ancestors” is the theme of this year’s workshop featuring Lois Abromitis Mackin, Ph.D.  Her presentations will include:
  • “Researching When You’re Not There” 
  • “Don’t Cross the Pond Till You’re Ready” 
  • “Learning About Localities” 
  • “Social Media for Genealogy”
Additionally, Kara Ripley and Gail Murray, librarians with the Department of Public Instruction, will address using the BadgerLink website to further your genealogy research.  Lee Grady, a reference librarian with the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives in Madison, will present valuable information on the available genealogy resources contained in the WHS website and online catalog.
 
Learn more at:  http://www.milwaukeegenealogy.org; then click on the “2017 Workshop” link.


Saturday, April 22
German American Genealogy - James Beidler  (WHS Event)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Room 126, Memorial Library, 728 State Street, UW-Madison Campus
 
Our speaker is James Beidler. He is the author of The Family Tree German Genealogy Book as well as writes Roots & Branches, an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only syndicated feature on that topic in Pennsylvania. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine, and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He is also an instructor for online Family Tree University. See the rest of his biography on his website at http://jamesmbeidler.com/bio.html.
 
The lectures will include the following:
  • German Immigrant Waves: Contrasts and Sources
  • Your Immigrants in Germany
  • Find a German Heimat Online
  • Success Story: Finding a European Village of Origin
Date: Saturday, April 22
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: Room 126, Memorial Library, 728 State Street (UW Campus)
Cost: $30.00; Lunch included (WHS and WSGS members receive 10% off! Use code: GENE17 )
 
Less than 20 spots left as of March 3rd! Sign up soon!


Tuesday, April 25
La Crosse Area Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm
La Crosse Public Library Lower Level, 800 Main Street, La Crosse
 
DNA Basics and How to Organize Your Results by Terry Micks


Wednesday, April 26 through Friday, April 28
Council of Northwest Chapter of AHSGR/Center for Volga German Studies Conference  (National Conference/Institute)
Icicle Village Resort, 505 Highway 2, Leavenworth, WA
 
The Council of Northwest Chapters of AHSGR (CNC) and The Center for Volga German Studies (CVGS) are sponsoring a conference in Leavenworth, Washington on April 26 – 28.  The program will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Volga German colonies of Frank, Hussenbach, Kolb, Walter, Kautz, Norka and Yagodnaya Polyana.  We will also honor the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  Please join us and invite others who may be interested!
 
When: Wednesday, April 26 – Friday, April 28, 2017
Where: Icicle Village Resort, 505 Highway 2, Leavenworth, WA 98826
What: The program will feature the Bergseite colonies of Frank, Hussenbach, Kautz, Kolb, Norka, Walter, and Yagodnaya Polyana
Registration: $135 per person by March 24; and $165 per person from March 25 – April 21. The fee includes all programs, and banquet dinner on both Wednesday and Thursday.
 
There will be a Silent Auction benefitting the CVGS.  We are in the midst of procuring auction items. Please contact Jean Roth if you have an item to donate: jeanaroth@juno.com or (206) 782-2629.
 
A number of Village Coordinators will also be available to help with genealogy research. A  sign-up sheet will be available at check-in on April 26.
 
Additional program details will be posted on our website event page (links below) and Facebook pages, once finalized. 
 
Online conference registration by credit card is available here: cu-portland.edu/cvgs-event-registration
*Note the early-bird discount for registrations received by March 24th!*
 
The Icicle Village Resort is offering a special rate of just $109 (plus tax)on a limited number of rooms. Rate includes deluxe hot breakfast.
 
Please call early to reserve your room, and be sure to quote the block rate “CNC / AHSGR” for the discount: (800) 961-0162  iciclevillage.com.
 
Questions about the event?  Please contact Valerie Miller at highlife56.vm@gmail.com (email preferred) or (503) 314-5686.


Thursday, April 27
Music Happy Hour at Milwaukee County Historical Society  (Affiliate Event)
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Milwaukee County Historical Center, 910 N. Old World Third Street, Milwaukee, WI
 
In celebration of their 2017 feature exhibition, Melodies and Memories: 200 Years of Milwaukee Music, join the Milwaukee Historical Society for a Music Happy Hour! The free event is a great time to view the exhibit, mingle with music lovers, and explore the beautiful Historical Society building, while enjoying a refreshing beverage from the bar. 
 
Admission is free.  Beverages are available for purchase at the bar.
 
For additional details, visit: www.milwaukeehistory.net or call (414) 273-8288.


Friday, April 28
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society April Business Meeting & Program  (Affiliate Event)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Milwaukee Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Community Room 1
 
For handicap access, enter the lower level of the building via 8th Street, take the elevator to the first floor, and proceed east to the meeting room. Metered street parking is available around the library building; there is also a parking lot on Wisconsin Avenue across the street from the library. Visitors are always welcome.
 
Following the Business Meeting at approximately 1:30 PM, Rabbi Steven Adams of the Sarah Chudnow Jewish Home and Care Center will speak on the experience of Jewish immigrants to Wisconsin.
 
For additional information visit http://www.milwaukeegenealogy.org


Saturday, April 29
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society's "Beginners" Genealogy Series Class  (Affiliate Event)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Milwaukee Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Community Room 1
 
For handicap access, enter the lower level of the building via 8th Street, take the elevator to the first floor, and proceed east to the meeting room. Metered street parking is available around the library building; there is also a parking lot on Wisconsin Avenue across the street from the library.  Visitors are always welcome. 
 
Topic: Asking Questions, Finding Answers - Queries, Newspapers, and Correspondence.  MCGS “Beginner” genealogy classes are free, however, a $10.00 fee is charged to cover the cost of class handouts containing information and forms to assist you in research.  Learn more at:  http://www.milwaukeegenealogy.org, then click on the “Genealogy Classes” link on the left.



Monday, May 1
Fond du Lac County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fond du Lac Public Library, 32 Sheboygan Street


Wednesday, May 3
Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society (SPAGS) Monthly Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm
Lincoln Center, 1519 Water St., Stevens Point, WI
 
Program: "SPAGS Roadshow"


Saturday, May 6
Italian American Genealogy - John Colletta, Ph.D.  (WHS Event)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Room 126, Memorial Library, 728 State Street, UW-Madison Campus
 
Our speaker is John Colletta, Ph.D. Dr. Colletta is one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers. Knowledgeable, experienced and entertaining, he resides in Washington, D.C. For twenty years, while laying the foundation for his career in genealogy, he worked half-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives. See the rest of his biography on his website www.genealogyjohn.com

Lectures will include the following:
  • Immigration to America, Colonial Times to 1930: Where Do Your Ancestors Fit In?
  • Rediscovering “La Famiglia:” Tracing Back to Your Ancestor from Italy
  • Rediscovering “La Famiglia:” Records of Italy, One by One, Line by Line
  • Discovering the REAL Stories of Your Immigrant Ancestors
Date: Saturday, May 6
Time: 9am-4pm
Location:Room 126, Memorial Library, 728 State Street (UW Campus)
Cost: $30.00; Lunch included (WHS and WSGS members receive 10% off. Use code: GENE17 )


Saturday, May 6
Green County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
2nd Floor Meeting Room, Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Avenue
 
Growing Up As A Teen During the Blitz – Author Joy Aavang shares her memories of living with her grandparents in England before and during WWII. Their home was near a military target, so the German Blitz repeatedly forced them to seek cover in air-raid shelters. Join us to hear her coming-of-age story, living in a danger zone, and working for Lloyd’s of London. 
 
You may call Sharon (815-868-2416) or Donna (608-921-1537) if you have questions.


National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century Genealogy Lineage Workshop
Saturday, May 6
National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century Genealogy Lineage Workshop  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library, 211 E. 2nd Street, Marshfield, WI
Are you a descendant of an ancestor who lived and served in one of the Original Colonies prior to 1701?
 
Come join us to learn the basics of family research, and what is required to become a member of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century.  Please contact: cold1776@yahoo.com for reservations.  There is no fee for this workshop.


Tuesday, May 9
Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Annual Awards Dinner  (Affiliate Event)
5:30 pm
Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 
The Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Annual Awards Dinner honors the people, places, and businesses that have worked to preserve and promote local history.  Additionally, the event features Anniversary Accolades, recognition of the 50th, 75th, 100th, 125th, 150th, and 175th anniversaries of local businesses, organizations, schools, and universities.
 
For additional details, visit: www.milwaukeehistory.net or call (414) 273-8288.


Tuesday, May 9
Manitowoc County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm
Balkansky Room, Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay St., Manitowoc, WI
 
Program- "Planning a Family Reunion"


Wednesday, May 10 through Saturday, May 13
National Genealogical Society 2017 Family History Conference - Family History Lives Here  (National Conference/Institute)
Raleigh, North Carolina
 
Energize Your Research and Sharpen Your Family History Skills at the NGS 2017 Family History Conference

You can choose from more than 175 sessions designed to help advance your research by learning about techniques and resources to discover your roots and build your family tree. Join our experts and genealogists from all over the U.S. and beyond, for four exciting days in Raleigh, May 2017.

For Program, Registration, Pre-Conference Events, and Hotel Reservation information, see http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/



Wednesday, May 10
Milwaukee PAF User Group May Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Klemmer's Banquet Center, 10401 West Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee
 
Topics:  Preparing for a Research Trip presented by Winnie Mading and Naturalization Records in Wisconsin presented by Bob Tatalovich.
 
The parking lot entrance is located on the east side of the building. For additional information, visit http://mpafug.org.


Thursday, May 11
Taylor County Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm
Francis L. Simek Memorial Library, Medford, WI
 
Annual Meeting with election of officers.


Monday, May 15 through Sunday, October 15
Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Jeremiah Curtin House  (Affiliate Event)
West Grange Avenue and South 84th Street, Greendale, WI
 
Jeremiah Curtin House:
Open by appointment only:  May 15 thru October 15, 2017
 
David Curtin, his wife Ellen, and infant son Jeremiah were among a group of Irish immigrants who settled in the old Town of Greenfield in the mid-1830s. With help from a stonemason, David built the first stone house in the community. In 1866, it was sold to the Trimborn family and remained occupied until the 1920s. The Milwaukee County Historical Society acquired the house in 1952 from the federal government, and it was selected as Milwaukee County’s Bicentennial Project in 1976. Funds raised by various community organizations helped restore the site in the late 1970s. The house was officially dedicated on the 150th anniversary of Jeremiah’s birth, September 6, 1985.
 
Guided tours are by appointment only; tour fee is $2/person with a minimum requirement of 10 guests.  For more information or to schedule a tour, please call 414-273-8288.


Monday, May 15 through Sunday, October 15
Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Trimborn Farm  (Affiliate Event)
8881 West Grange Avenue, Greendale, WI
 
Trimborn Farm Hours:
Open May 15 thru October 15, 2017
Trimborn Farm Park Grounds:  10am to 10pm
Trimborn Buildings:  Open with guided tour only
 
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Trimborn Farm is also a State Historic Site and Milwaukee County Landmark. Except for the farmhouse, buildings on Trimborn Farm are accessible to the physically challenged. Packed gravel drives and lawn may be difficult for those using wheelchairs or walkers. Two wheelchair accessible restrooms are available.
 
Guided building and/or grounds tours for groups are by appointment only. To schedule a tour, please call at least two weeks in advance. Tours are $5/person with a minimum requirement of 10 guests; children under age six are free.  Admission to the park grounds is free.
 
Photography permits are required year-round
 
For more information, visit:  http://www.trimbornfarm.com/ or call 414-273-8288.


Tuesday, May 16
Misbegotten Children: Tracing the Family Lines of the Illegitimate  (WSGS Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Presenter: Peggy Clemens LauritzenPeggy Clemens Lauritzen
  • Webinar Description:Illegitimacy can be both a surprise and an embarrassment as we  discover more and more about our family’s history.  Treated with care and sensitivity, we can use many available resources to help  us in our research.
  • Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1827781229875918081
After registering, you will receive an email with information and a link to join us the night of the webinar. Please remember that this is a first-come, first-served webinar, and that there are a limited number of spots to view the webinar live.  Registering does not hold a spot for you.  Those that log in first will be admitted to the webinar.


Friday, May 19
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society May Business Meeting & Program  (Affiliate Event)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Milwaukee Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Community Room 1
 
For handicap access, enter the lower level of the building via 8th Street, take the elevator to the first floor, and proceed east to the meeting room. Metered street parking is available around the library building; there is also a parking lot on Wisconsin Avenue across the street from the library. Visitors are always welcome.
 
Following the Business Meeting at approximately 1:30 PM, Margaret Skare, MCGS Board member, will address the unique Irish/Mexican connection that occurred during the Mexican-American War. Irish and German immigrants, along with freed African slaves deserted the United States Army to fight with the Mexican military in the St. Patrick's Brigade or El Batallon de los San Patricios.
 
For additional information visit http://www.milwaukeegenealogy.org


Saturday, May 20
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society's "Beginners" Genealogy Series Class  (Affiliate Event)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Milwaukee Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Community Room 1
 
For handicap access, enter the lower level of the building via 8th Street, take the elevator to the first floor, and proceed east to the meeting room. Metered street parking is available around the library building; there is also a parking lot on Wisconsin Avenue across the street from the library.  Visitors are always welcome. 
 
Topic: Traveling Abroad (or not) - Foreign Research.  MCGS “Beginner” genealogy classes are free, however, a $10.00 fee is charged to cover the cost of class handouts containing information and forms to assist you in research.  Learn more at:  http://www.milwaukeegenealogy.org, then click on the “Genealogy Classes” link on the left.


Tuesday, May 23
La Crosse Area Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm
La Crosse Public Library Lower Level, 800 Main Street, La Crosse
 
Resources of the La Crosse Public Library Archives by Anita Doering


Saturday, May 27
Lower Wisconsin River Gen. & Hist. Res. Ctr., Inc  (Affiliate Event)
9:30 am
The Meeting Room of Century Hall, Wauzeka, WI
 
DVD - Fill "Er" Up - The Glory Days of Wisconsin Gas Stations
 
9:00 a.m. Social Hour
9:30 a.m. Program
Formal meeting following program.


Monday, May 29
Forest Home Cemetery's Memorial Day History Tour - A Walk Through Milwaukee's History  (Affiliate Event)
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Forest Home Cemetery- Halls of History Building: 2405 West Forest Home Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 
Tour Title:  Milwaukee History
Following Forest Home Cemetery’s Memorial Day Service, join Paul Haubrich of the Forest Home Preservation Association for a walking tour on Milwaukee's History. The free 90-minute tour will wander throughout the cemetery and highlight individuals responsible for creating Milwaukee’s history. The tour will assemble at the Halls of History; comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
 
For additional details, call 414-645-2632 or visit: www.foresthomecemetery.com



Saturday, June 3 through Saturday, September 30
Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Kilbourntown House (Benjamin Church House)  (Affiliate Event)
4400 North Estabook Drive (Estabrook Park), Shorewood, WI
 
Kilbourtown House/Benjamin Church House:
Open Saturdays and Sundays:  12Noon to 3pm
June through September 2017
The house is located just north of the Estabrook Park entrance on East Capitol Drive.
 
Benjamin Church, a carpenter from New York, built Kilbourntown House in 1844. A Greek-revival architecture design, the house was originally located in the section of Milwaukee known as Kilbourntown. It was saved from destruction in 1938 when it was moved to Estabrook Park and restored as a WPA project.
 
The home contains an outstanding collection of mid-nineteenth century furniture and decorative arts, as well as a neighboring kitchen herb garden. The Milwaukee County Historical Society, the Milwaukee County Parks, and the Colonial Dames maintain the house jointly. Kilbourntown House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Admission fee is $2/person.
 
For more information, please call 414- 273-8288.  


Saturday, June 3
Grand Opening of the Mount Horeb Area Historical Society’s “Driftless Historium”  (Affiliate Event)
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
100 South Second Street, Mount Horeb, WI
 
Come celebrate the opening of Wisconsin’s newest cultural destination – the Driftless Historium history center. Grand opening activities kick-off with a ribbon cutting ceremony and continue throughout the day with a musical time warp” live outdoor concert experience. 
 
For more information, visit: www.mthorebhistory.org or call 608-437-6486.


Saturday, June 3
Green County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
2nd Floor Meeting Room, Monroe Public Library, 925 16th Avenue
 
PECK-A-TON-OKA, Janette Hartman, former curator/administrator of Iowa County, Wisconsin Society Museum, will speak on the journey of the Emma Rudolf family, immigrants from Switzerland, and their journey through St. Louis up the Fever River area, making their way to New Glarus.
 
You may call Sharon (815-868-2416) or Donna (608-921-1537) if you have questions.


Monday, June 5
Fond du Lac County Genealogical Society Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fond du Lac Public Library, 32 Sheboygan Street


Saturday, June 10
Brunch with the Barons at Forest Home Cemetery  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Forest Home Cemetery: 2405 West Forest Home Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 
A fundraiser for Forest Home Cemetery, Milwaukee County Historical Society, and Pabst Mansion, Brunch with the Beer Barons will include re-enactors, as well as public access to the Blatz Mausoleum.
 
For additional information: 414-645-2632 or visit: www.foresthomecemetery.com


Sunday, June 11
Forest Home Cemetery's "Walk in History" Free Guided Tours  (Affiliate Event)
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Forest Home Cemetery- Halls of History Building: 2405 West Forest Home Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 
Tour Title:  Civil War History - Tour I
Presented by the Forest Home Preservation Association, this free 90-minute tour led by Civil War historians Margaret Berres and Tom Ludka encompasses the varied stories of veterans laid to rest at Forest Home Cemetery. Walking shoes are strongly recommended for participants. 
 
All tours are free to the public; donations to the Forest Home Preservation Society are gratefully appreciated and help to make these tours possible.
 
For more information on historic Forest Home Cemetery tours, call 414-645-2632 or visit: www.foresthomecemetery.com


Wednesday, June 14
Milwaukee PAF User Group June Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Klemmer's Banquet Center, 10401 West Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee
 
Topics:  Photo Magic - How to Repair and Improve old Photos and Documents presented by Bob Heck, and What’s in Your Attic? presented by Louise Stack.
 
The parking lot entrance is located on the east side of the building. For additional information, visit http://mpafug.org.


Friday, June 16 through Sunday, June 18
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Booth at Polish Fest  (Affiliate Event)
Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds), 200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI
 
Polish Fest Hours:
Friday, June 16:  12Noon to 12 Midnight
Saturday, June 17:  12Noon to 12Midnight
Sunday, June 18:  12Noon to 8pm
 
As America’s largest Polish festival, Polish Fest celebrates the art, culture and traditions that are uniquely Polish.  The festival features traditional entertainment, authentic food, cooking and folk art demonstrations, vodka lounge, Polish marketplace, as well as a variety of children’s activities.  Want to know more about your Polish ancestry? The Milwaukee County Genealogical Society’s Genealogy Booth will be on-site to help you trace your family roots.
  
For admission fees and discount offers, as well as other information on the festival, visit:  http://www.polishfest.org/.


Saturday, June 17
Digging Deeper into DNA Testing - Mary Eberle, JD  (WHS Event)
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Room 126, Memorial Library, 728 State Street, UW-Madison Campus
 
Our speaker is Mary Eberle, JD. Mary Eberle is an experienced genetic genealogist and a DNA expert. She’s a former patent attorney with extensive DNA experience. Mary began her work in the field of DNA research 30 years ago. She developed DNA tests to match transplant donors and recipients. She wrote and published many scientific papers on this work and presented at scientific conferences. See the rest of her biography on her website www.dnahunters.com.

Lectures will include the following:
  • Interpreting Your Ancestry DNA Results
  • Interpreting Your FamilyTree and 23andMeDNA results
  • Using GEDMatch for Analyzing DNA Results and Finding New DNA Matches
  • Hands-on Exercise-Putting the Pieces Together to Break Through a Brick Wall
Date: Saturday, June 17
Time: 10am-5pm
Location: Room 126, Memorial Library, 728 State street
Cost: $30; Lunch included (WHS and WSGS members receive 10% off. Use code: GENE17 )


Tuesday, June 20
Milwaukee PAF User Group Bus Trip to the Wisconsin State Historical Society Library  (Affiliate Event)
As details become available, they will be posted on the MPAFUG website:  http://mpafug.org.