Brodhead Historical Society

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09/25/2023

Beulah Bowden will be the subject of program at the September meeting of the Brodhead Historical Society on the 25th. Given by Krista Searls, you’ll hear about an amazing Brodhead women and all her accomplishments. The meeting starts at 7 pm in the Knight Addition of the Depot Museum. There will also be a short business meeting. The public is welcome to attend.

08/28/2023

Brodhead's Jessica Colaluca will be a returning speaker with another presentation on the city's founding fathers. John McNair was the first station agent at the railroad depot, and a founding member of the Congregational Church. Find out more about him at the August meeting of the Brodhead Historical Society. The meeting will be Monday, August 28, beginning at 7 pm. The Knight Addition of the Depot Museum will be the place. The public is welcome to attend.

08/13/2023

First Brigade Band postponed until 3 pm because of the rain. The band is already here, and we are grateful that they are willing to stay longer.

The 1st Brigade Band held an eucumenical service this morning at Veterans Park. Don’t miss this afternoon’s concert at V...
08/13/2023

The 1st Brigade Band held an eucumenical service this morning at Veterans Park. Don’t miss this afternoon’s concert at Veteran’s Park: August 13, 2pm!

07/25/2023

Have you ever wondered about French Lake? Even if you haven't, you are invited to find out about the man named French Lake, who was a local wealthy landowner and Southern sympathizer who lived in Spring Grove township from 1839-1885. Local writer Michelle Kaderly Welsh will be the presenter at the Brodhead Historical Society meeting on Monday, July 31. Michelle grew up on a farm near French's historical home, and became interested in Mr. Lake while doing genealogical research. The public is invited to hear about this interesting man. The meeting begins at 7 pm and will be held in the Knight Addition of the Depot Museum.

05/19/2023

It's meeting time. With Memorial Day falling on our usual meeting day, the May gathering will be on Monday, May 22. Senator Mark Spreitzer and Representative Clinton Anderson will be in attendance for a flag presentation. There will be a brief business meeting, followed by a museum tour for a sneak preview of the exhibits for this season. The meeting begins at 7 pm in the Knight Addition of the Depot Museum. The public is welcome to attend.
The Depot Museum will be opening on Saturday, May 27, and will be open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 pm. Admission is free! There is much to see in the museum. Come on May 22 and plan your tour route for visits throughout the summer🙂.

04/23/2023

Three years ago, James Beer was scheduled to speak at our April meeting. Instead, we were all at home, and all meetings were postponed. Finally, Judge Beer will be speaking at the April meeting of the Brodhead Historical Society on Monday, the 24th. The topic of his presentation will be "The Native American Copper Artifact Collection of Judge James Beer". He has found copper artifacts in Green, Lafayette and Dane counties. He also has collected flint and stone artifacts in Green and Rock counties, as well as several other surrounding counties. He exhibits his collection at the yearly Badger State Show and now will be sharing it with meeting attendees. The meeting will be held at 7 pm in the Knight addition of the Depot Museum. There will be a short business meeting prior to the presentation. The public is welcome to attend.

03/11/2023

It's that time of year!
Our monthly meetings will be starting soon. However, our first meeting will NOT be at the end of March and it will NOT be at the usual meeting location. We have a special guest speaker scheduled for Thursday, April 6. Brodhead native, Bill Pfisterer, has lived in Alaska for many years, and has spent most of his career as an educator. He will share his experiences working with Alaska's Indigenous People, and about the process of creating books that preserve their heritage.
The meeting will begin at 7 pm and will be held at the Brodhead Public Library Community Room, 1207 25th St. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

What do jukeboxes, pickles and t-shirts have in common? Find out at the October meeting of the Brodhead Historical Socie...
10/23/2022

What do jukeboxes, pickles and t-shirts have in common? Find out at the October meeting of the Brodhead Historical Society. The meeting will be Monday, October 24. The short business meeting will include election or re-election of board members. Wendy Heise will give the program for the evening. The meeting starts at 7 pm in the Knight Addition of the Depot Museum. The public is welcome to attend.

10/12/2022

Do you have memories from your life or your family’s life that should be recorded?

This fall, at the Brodhead Memorial Public Library,

Sue Wolter and Carol Pawlisch will guide and encourage the writing of those memories.

Join us in the Program Room on these four Tuesday nights, October 18, 25 and November 8 and 15,

from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. This writing workshop will inspire participants to record family memories in time to share

them during the holidays. Your registration would be helpful so resources can be prepared for each class.

Call the library at 608-897-4070. Recently, a library patron said “This is a good idea. I’ve been wanting to do this

but I didn’t know how to start writing my memories.”

All you need are your special memories, a little dedicated time, and guidance and you’ll have stories that could be shared with future generations.



We hope you will join us!

Here is an opportunity for some historical continuing education in Mount Horeb. It is open to the public and registratio...
10/09/2022

Here is an opportunity for some historical continuing education in Mount Horeb. It is open to the public and registration is due by October 19.

09/26/2022

Jessica Colalucca will be speaking at the September 26th meeting of the Brodhead Historical Society. Her postponed presentation about I.F. Mack, a leading citizen of early Brodhead, is on the agenda. The meeting begins at 7 pm in the Knight Addition of the Depot Museum. The public is welcome to attend.

Wanted: to borrow:  letter jackets, letter sweaters or cheerleading sweaters from 1920 to 1970. See contact information ...
09/15/2022

Wanted: to borrow: letter jackets, letter sweaters or cheerleading sweaters from 1920 to 1970. See contact information below...

09/15/2022

Who's got the spirit?
The Brodhead Historical Society! We are looking for letter jackets, letter sweaters or cheerleading sweaters from 1920 to 1970. If you would like to temporarily loan your item to the Historical Society for an upcoming BHS spirit display, please contact Jill Baxter at 608-897-4908 or 608-897-5150. Deadline for drop off is Wednesday, September 21. Thanks for keeping the Cardinal spirit alive!

The August meeting of the Brodhead Historical Society will be held on Monday, the 29th. Jessica Colaluca's program on I....
08/28/2022

The August meeting of the Brodhead Historical Society will be held on Monday, the 29th. Jessica Colaluca's program on I. F. Mack has been postponed. Instead, Jaine Winters will present "Early Brodhead Buildings, 1856-1859". These are buildings that are still viewable in Brodhead. Come and see if you can identify them. The meeting begins at 7 pm and will be held in the Knight Addition of the Brodhead Depot Museum. The public is welcome to attend.

07/21/2022

It's time for "Show and Tell"! That's the program for the July meeting of the Brodhead Historical Society. Members and guests are invited to bring a family treasure or artifact to show and tell about. You are also welcome to bring a family photo and share a story. If you have an item that needs identification, you are also invited to bring it to the meeting to see if someone in attendance can identify it for you.
The meeting is Monday, July 25 in the Knight Addition of the Depot Museum, and begins at 7 pm.

Family at Bluff View Park, date unknown.
06/20/2022

Family at Bluff View Park, date unknown.

06/20/2022

What do you know or remember about Bluff View Park, the former entertainment venue near Brodhead? Whether you have wonderful memories or have never heard of it, you are invited to attend Brodhead Historical Society's June meeting. Holly Everson will present historical tidbits and share pictures. She also invites members of the community to come and share any memorabilia that they have. The meeting will be held Monday, June 27 in the Knight Addition of the Depot Museum. Beginning at 7 pm, the public is invited to attend.

Brodhead Historical Society board members Jaine Winters, Dolores Alsteen, and Wendy Pinnow Heise came dressed for the er...
04/30/2022

Brodhead Historical Society board members Jaine Winters, Dolores Alsteen, and Wendy Pinnow Heise came dressed for the era at the April 25 meeting celebrating the 1920s. The Packard also attended!

It's time! At long last, the Brodhead Historical Society will be holding an in-person member meeting on Monday, April 25...
04/22/2022

It's time! At long last, the Brodhead Historical Society will be holding an in-person member meeting on Monday, April 25. Jaine Winters has scoured the archives for information and artifacts in order to present a meeting celebrating the Roaring Twenties. Put on your pearls, grab your spats, and prepare to be entertained. Refreshments served will also be reminiscent of the 1920s. The meeting begins at 7 pm and will be held in the Knight Addition of the Depot Museum.

10/14/2021

There will not be a member meeting of the Brodhead Historical Society in October. We remain optimistic about returning to regular, public member meetings beginning in March 2022.

09/16/2021

We were hopeful about returning to regular monthly member meetings in September, but due to the local Covid infection rate, there will not be a meeting of the Brodhead Historical Society in September. Please check back next month for news about an October meeting.

This is the Sherman house in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, also called Sunbright Manor.  It isn't exactly a twin to the Bro...
08/05/2021

This is the Sherman house in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, also called Sunbright Manor. It isn't exactly a twin to the Brodhead house!

Sunbright Manor, DeFuniak Springs, home of Sidney J. Catts after he was governor of Florida.

We recently received an inquiry about this house from a Florida resident. J.T Sherman built a house in Florida for his w...
08/05/2021

We recently received an inquiry about this house from a Florida resident. J.T Sherman built a house in Florida for his winter residence and the new owner of the Florida house was told that there was a twin building in Brodhead. This was published in "The City of Brodhead, Wisconsin, 1893". Curator research showed that this is the Wish house, next to Putnam Park. Are there any pictures of the house taken after 1893?

07/23/2021

The Brodhead Historical Society plans to resume monthly member meetings in September 2021. Meanwhile, the museum is open on the regular schedule of Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1-4 pm. The museum committee did not allow the pandemic to keep them from working on the exhibits. Come and see!

05/10/2021

In order to insure that our members feel comfortable about attending meetings again, the Board of Directors has decided not to hold a monthly meeting yet in May or June. Please check back for an update about meeting in July 2021.

The first bridge to Brodhead from Decatur across the Sugar River, 3/4 mile south of an old ford that crossed the river, ...
09/30/2020

The first bridge to Brodhead from Decatur across the Sugar River, 3/4 mile south of an old ford that crossed the river, August 1904.

09/10/2020

The September and October meetings of the Brodhead Historical Society will not be held in 2020. The first meeting of 2021 would normally be held in March. Hopefully, we can meet then!

In the office of the August F. Westfal Cheese Company in Brodhead, circa 1920. Pictured are Casper Hunter, Marvin Fairma...
09/05/2020

In the office of the August F. Westfal Cheese Company in Brodhead, circa 1920. Pictured are Casper Hunter, Marvin Fairman and Nelson Olin.

The Board of Directors of the Brodhead Historical Society has made the difficult decision to keep the Depot Museum close...
07/21/2020

The Board of Directors of the Brodhead Historical Society has made the difficult decision to keep the Depot Museum closed for the 2020 season. In addition, there will be no member meetings in July or August. Meanwhile, browse our website, www.brodheadhistory.org, for more interesting Brodhead historical facts.

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06/24/2020

There will be no June meeting of the Brodhead Historical Society. The decision to hold a meeting will be made on a monthly basis, so please check back in July!

This barn raising took place in the early 1900s on a farm at the corner of Hoosier Road and Mount Hope Road in Spring Gr...
06/14/2020

This barn raising took place in the early 1900s on a farm at the corner of Hoosier Road and Mount Hope Road in Spring Grove Township. It is believed that Lincoln Allen owned the property at the time. Unfortunately, the barn no longer stands.

As you're walking in downtown Brodhead, look for this building. Photo date unknown
05/19/2020

As you're walking in downtown Brodhead, look for this building. Photo date unknown

04/26/2020

In keeping with the current "Safer at Home" order, there will be no monthly meeting of the Brodhead Historical Society in April or May. Stay tuned for information on a meeting in June!

03/16/2020

The March meeting of the Brodhead Historical Society, previously scheduled for March 30, has been cancelled. Please stay tuned for information about the April meeting. Meanwhile, check out the photo collection on the BHS website, brodheadhistory.org. There are countless wonderful photos in the online archive to enjoy!

The tree transplanter at the museum. Posted for the Paulson Ag Museum.
11/18/2019

The tree transplanter at the museum. Posted for the Paulson Ag Museum.

08/26/2019

If you've ever been curious about undergarments of the 18th and 19th century, come to the August meeting of the Brodhead Historical Society, to be held on Monday, the 26th. Nancy Sorchy, from Brodhead, has been researching and making historic garments for many years, and will be sharing her knowledge and showing examples. The Bank of Brodhead Courtesy Room is the location for the meeting, beginning at 7 pm. There will also be a short business meeting. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Bump rolls will no longer be a mystery to you!

07/28/2019

Are you interested in seeing Yellowstone National Park from the eyes of a non-tourist? The guest speaker at the July meeting of the Brodhead Historical Society will be Donna Duerst. After retiring as the 4-H Youth Educator for Rock County, Donna was able to fulfill a long-held dream to work at Yellowstone. For the last two summers, she has been a Volunteer Assistant. She has some wonderful pictures and stories to share about her experience. She can also explain the application process, should you be inspired to do the same. The meeting is Monday, July 29, in the Bank of Brodhead Courtesy Room, and begins at 7 pm. There will be a brief business meeting before Donna's presentation. The public is welcome to attend.

06/24/2019

Come and hear the history of Brodhead's airport tonight, June 24, at the June meeting of the Brodhead Historical Society. Pat Weeden will be the guest speaker. He also has an exciting update on the Kelch Aviation Museum. The meeting will be at 7 pm in the Bank of Brodhead Courtesy Room. The public is invited to attend.

Here is a sneak peek at the new general store exhibit. You'll have to visit to appreciate all the details. You may have ...
05/24/2019

Here is a sneak peek at the new general store exhibit. You'll have to visit to appreciate all the details. You may have to visit several times! Admission is free. What a great way to spend some time over the Memorial Day weekend!

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Hello- thought I would check with you first. We have a "chit" for alcohol, one from Flynn's Bar the other from Kubly's Bar, in Brodhead Wis (not WI). Flynn's says "good for 55 cents in Trade" and Kubly's for 25 cents in trade. Of course, they have the sign for cents that we no longer have on our laptops apparently. They are pretty neat, in good condition, and want to see if you guys would want these for the museum?
It's time for Story Time! This week, Ms. Carol visits the Brodhead Depot Museum, operated by the Brodhead Historical Society, where we learn all about trains! Chug on over to our YouTube page and watch now, then hop on back and let us now what your favorite train car is!

https://youtu.be/qp2mCo8iF4c

Special thanks to HarperCollins Publishers and Greenwillow Books for allowing us to share these stories with you!
Nice sunny Sunday evening
Busy day in Brodhead, WI 1912
April is National Volunteer Month.

75% of the Wisconsin Historical Society's Local History Affiliates have no paid staff and are entirely run by volunteers.

We thank all the volunteers across the state for all your time and work to keep Wisconsin’s story alive.

Lear more about our local affiliates: https://wihist.org/31BrXEA

Land O Lakes Historical Society, Eagle River Historical Society, Hawks Inn and Delafield History Center, Brodhead Historical Society, and Barron County Historical Society's Pioneer Village Museum
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FREE outdoor music concerts in Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Brodhead every Sunday through August 9 from 6-8pm. Proudly coordinated & sponsored by the BID (Business Improvement District) Board & the following sponsors. Download the band schedule at https://bit.ly/TwilightInThePark

• Arn's Auto Service
• Justin Schott Agency - American Family Insurance - Brodhead, WI
• American Legion
• Badger State Propane
• Bank of Brodhead
• Bank of Brodhead Bus Trips
• Body Crafters Auto Body Repair, Inc
• Brodhead Chamber of Commerce
• Brodhead Dental Clinic
• Brodhead Historical Society
• Brodhead Lions Club
• Brodhead Sign Design
• Brodview Manor
• Carol Green/Allen Realty Inc
• Consigny Law Firm, S.C
• Doug & Lavonne Pinnow
• Elmer Team of Century 21 Advantage Real Estate
• First Center Floral & Garden
• Gary & Nancy Sutherland
• Go Inn Home B & B
• Hometown Pharmacy
• John's Barber Shop
• Jeremy Pinnow & Associates, Inc
• KC Lawn Care
• Kuhn North America
• Kubly's Automotive LLC
• LPL Financial Brodhead, WI
• Olin Heating & Cooling
• Brodhead Piggly Wiggly
• Register Print Center
• The Bank of New Glarus/Sugar River Bank Branches
• Tastee Creme
• Trackside Mobil
• Wallace-Culles-Maveus VFW Post 6858 Brodhead Wis
• Wood's Crossing
we have a very old bible . it shows marriage of a j f dawson cherokee iowa to a nettie armstrong brodhead wisc.on 19 day january 1889 by rev a j kaye. witness's j mulvihill and ida graham. any idea on this. we have had this bible over 16 years boxed up in our storage shed. some death marriage and births written in them
Sugar River Loft is a new lodging option in Brodhead! Great location on Exchange Square - restaurants and downtown shopping, Brodhead Historical Society, Sugar River Trail and Pearl Island Recreational Corridor.
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will the museum be open for on October 6-7 for the Autumn fest?
Well after long winter the Brodhead Historical Society is opened for business. Even bigger and better. Our new addition is opened. And we are continually adding new displays. Thanks in a big way to William Knight and the William Knight Foundation. As well as Kuhn, and other contributors. We have on and will have many items of interest from the Knight Manufacturing Company. Along with other items from Brodhead's history.

We are now opened for the season on: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays From 1 PM - 4PM. We can also arrange special tours. Think about having part of your class reunion with us.
See you all soon.
Please join us at our second annual Earth Day celebration on April 21, from 11-2pm in Albany WI. We have 3 scheduled audio, visual presenters in the library media room, numerous booths displaying Earth Day related exhibits. Entertainment for young and old alike!
*Dan the Magic Man from Madison will be performing at 12pm and 1pm*
*Village yard/garage sales will be taking place*
*A Golf Ball drop will be taking place near Legion (located on N. Water Street) Winner closest to target will win $500.00!*
*Food and beverage will be available for purchase at the Legion building located on N. Water Street!*