Michael Stevens to Speak at the Reedsburg Public Library

Reedsburg Area Historical Society and Reedsburg Public Library Presents:

Michael Stevens October 3rd @ 6:30 PM @ Reedsburg Public Library

The Making of Pioneer Wisconsin: Voices of Early Settlers:

From the mid-1830s through the 1850s, more than a half million people settled in Wisconsin. As they came in ships and wagons, established homes, and formed new communities, these men, women, and children recorded their experiences in letters, diaries, newspaper articles, and other documents, revealing their fears, joys, frustrations, and hopes for life in this new place. 

The Making of Pioneer Wisconsin provides a unique and intimate glimpse into the lives of these early settlers, as they describe what it felt like to be a teenager in a wagon heading west or an isolated young wife living far from her friends and family. Woven together with context provided by historian Michael E. Stevens, these first-person accounts form a fascinating narrative that deepens our ability to understand and empathize with Wisconsin’s early pioneers.

About the Author:

Michael E. Stevens is the author or editor of nearly thirty articles and thirteen books, including The Family Letters of Victor and Meta Berger (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2016). Stevens earned his PhD in American history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is Wisconsin State Historian Emeritus.

This event is sponsored by the Reedsburg Area Historical Society and the Reedsburg Public Library

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Randy Wells Memorial Scholarship- Reedsburg Area Historical Society


Reedsburg Area Historical Society gave a scholarship last night. The scholarship is in honor of a friend of the Reedsburg Historical Society and the log village, the first education director, and a member of the board of directors. Mr. Randy Wells, I know he would be proud and looking down on us today. To present the scholarship Barb Wells and Reedsburg Area Historical Society Board President Craig Braunschweig.


Sauk County Native American Artifacts Lecture

By the end of the first three decades of the twentieth century, six spectacular archaeological finds had been reported for Sauk County.  These finds consisted of deposits of finished and unfinished stone tools that had been buried, and apparently lost and/or intentionally abandoned, by their makers.  Although some archaeologists were aware of these finds, many had forgotten where the artifacts had been curated and unfortunately, the early reports did not reveal much about the tools themselves.  In 2017, three of the six deposits were found in the collections of the Sauk County Historical Society and the Reedsburg Historical Society.  The items underwent analysis and formed the basis for research in how people thousands of years ago used the land and the resources around them to survive in a world very different from the one we are accustomed to.  George W. Christiansen III, archaeology instructor from the U.W. Baraboo, will share the results of the analysis and discuss what has come to be understood about the hunters and gatherers of Sauk County who lived 2000 to 3000 years ago. This FREE lecture will be at the History Center, 900 2nd Ave., Baraboo, Thursday, May 24, at 7:00 pm. 


Photo caption: George Christiansen III, will speak on Native American artifact collections such as this one. 

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Cabin Cleaning (Service Groups/ Businesses)

The Reedsburg Area Historical Society is lucky to be located in such a great community! There are local Groups that come out and help clean the cabins. 2016 groups: Community First Bank, Reedsburg First Weber Office, Kiwanis Club, and Reedsburg Rotary Club. In the past includes Oakdale Credit Union and Landend. Also not to forget all of the members that come out and work on making the Village a great place!