The Mineral Point Historical Society is Up to Something!
2018 Upcoming Events
2018 Tour season begins end of May and goes thru end of October. Hope to see you there!
Historic Home Tours at Orchard Lawn begin on Friday, May 25th at noon. We have two new exhibits for 2018. The Whimsical World of Ava Fernekes & World War I exhibit featuring Dr. Homer D. Ludden.
World War I Exhibit featuring Dr. Homer D. Ludden
In 2006, an old Army trunk in the attic of a Mineral Point home was opened, revealing artifacts from World War I. These items, seldom seen in nearly 100 years, provide a fascinating glimpse into the life of a Mineral Point surgeon’s life on the front lines of France in 1918. The items included over 200 letters written by Dr. Homer D. Luddenback to his wife in Mineral Point, detailing the fierce fighting and unimaginable conditions of a medical unit during a war in which the new killing technology far outpaced the existing medical technology. Dr. Luddenreturned from the war and continued his medical practice in Mineral Point, making house calls, delivering babies and operating on farmhouse tables. Dr. Luddenbecame one of Mineral Point’s most beloved citizens. The Mineral Point Historical Society has developed an engaging exhibit called, “Dr. Homer D. Ludden, Mineral Point Doctor, Soldier, Citizen.”
Jammin’ on the Porch Concert Series
2nd Friday of June thru September, 6-8PM at Orchard Lawn
Grab your chairs, blankets, family and friends and join us for an eventing of music, food, and drinks as we complete another successful concert series brought to you by the Mineral Point Historical Society.
June 8th – Home Bound sponsored by Carrie Miller and American Family Insurance
Join us out on the lawn for a evening of music, food, drinks, and friends as Home Bound kicks off our Summer Concert Series with their own captivating style of vocal harmonies.
July 13th – Cupola
Join us out on the lawn with sounds of Indie, Pop, Rock ’n’ Roll, & Gospel from Cupola. From the Man in Black to Motown, big belt blues, lush, smoky ballads, dance and original tunes, Cupola is a wild musical ride.
The band are Jesse J Bauman on killer guitar and harmonies, Lily Bragge: powerhouse vocals, and Gregory ‘Salty’ Merrick on smooth rhythms and beats.
Aug 10th – Dealin’
Join us for a lazy, summer evening with some rythym and rockin’ blues layed out by Dealin’
Dealin was founded in 1984 by drummer Mike “Mic” McDonough as a rhythm and blues band that has featured some of the best talent over the years. The current lineup has been together since 1988. They are Steve Brown (Vocals, guitar), Tim ‘Skip’ Kindlon (vocals, guitar), Jed Gordon (vocals, keyboards), Roland Schuetz (saxophone), Albert Evans (bass), and of course, Mike ‘Mic’ McDonough (drums).
Sept 14th – Beth Kille
Beth Kille is a 22-time Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) award winning artist from Madison, WI who has been cranking out Americana-Rock tunes since 2000. From solo house concerts to full-band festival shows, her love for the stage and genuine passion for performance shine through in all settings. Kille’s stage prowess was recognized in 2011 when she received Artist of the Year honors at the Madison Area Music Awards. She has also been honored twice with the MAMA for Female Vocalist of the Year (’06, ’10) and was nominated for Singer-Songwriter of the Year in 2014 and for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2017 and 2018 by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI). She joined forces with the guitarist Michael Tully in 2012 when he agreed to play on her award winning album, “Dust.” Tully, who won the 2015 MAMA Guitarist of the Year Award, easily matches Kille’s energy on stage with his lightening fast guitar work and New Yorker swagger.
New this season– Cress Spring Bakery out of Bluemounds, WI will also be serving up flaming hot pizzas from their mobile wood-fired pizza wagon, as well as some tasty appetizers, and desserts!
One week prior to event Cress Spring Bakery will be accepting pre-orders to help them plan the amount of dough for our event. Walk ups are accepted during event. The mobile wood-fired pizza wagon will begin making pizzas 1/2 hour (5:30) before music begins.
Visit their website @ http://cressspringbakery.com
Past Events for 2018
Crossing the Line
The Mineral Point Historical Societyis again sponsoring a traveling exhibit from the Wisconsin Historical Society. This year’s exhibit is hosted by the Mineral Point Public Library. The exhibit will be found in the lower level of the library from January 17-February 6, 2018.It will be available for viewing during library hours.
The exhibit, “Crossing the Line: The Milwaukee Fair Housing Marches of 1967-1968″,”examines segregation and the Milwaukee Fair Housing Marches of 1967-1968. It asks, “How do citizens work for change when faced with injustice? How can individuals make a difference?”
The traveling display commemorates the 50th anniversary of Milwaukee’s civil rights marches by examining the practices and prejudices that led to segregation in Milwaukee and chronicling the school desegregation and fair housing movements of the 1960s. It also asks the question, “What can you do to end segregation today?”
The eight panels of “Crossing the Line” tell the story of Milwaukee’s civil rights marches in simple language, with reproductions of 33 historic photographs and documents. The display is most suitable for secondary schools and the general public.
The Wisconsin Historical Society gratefully acknowledges the Milwaukee County Historical Society, Wisconsin Black Historical Society and Museum, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and March on Milwaukee 50th Anniversary Coordinating Committee for their help developing content for “Crossing the Line.”
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Over Here: The Wisconsin Homefront in World War I
2nd Lyceum of the Season ~ Sunday February 25, 2 p.m. @ First United Methodist Church,400 Doty Street, Mineral Point WI
Speaker: Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History at the Wisconsin Historical Society
Shortly after the United States entered the European War in April 1917, Wisconsin became known as America’s “Traitor State.” Its large proportion of German citizens, active Socialist party, and anti-war Senator, Robert La Follette, helped create this perception. Some Wisconsinites sought to prove their loyalty and patriotism through sacrifice and hard work; others resorted to vigilantism.
Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History,will discuss the ways a variety of Wisconsin citizens experienced the state’s tension-filled atmosphere during the 18 months America participated in World War I.
BONUS: Following the program, Mary Knudson will be present to offer her new book, The Mills of Iowa County, for sale.
Free. Everyone invited. Refreshments. Join Us!
Women Activists in Wisconsin History
3rd and Final Lyceum of the Season ~ Sunday March 18, 2 p.m. @ First United Methodist Church,400 Doty Street, Mineral Point WI
Speaker: Paula Dail, feminist, activist, and author
Paula Dail along with Kathy Steffen, an award-winning writer from Spring Green and one of the essayists in Dail’s new book, who will read from her essay, “The Birth of an Activist.” Both Paula and Kathy will be available for a book signing following the lecture.
Free. Everyone invited. Refreshments. Join Us!
We will be closed to the public on the following dates in 2018 for Private Events at Orchard Lawn: