Old Main Historical & Community Arts Center - Galesville, WI

Old Main Historical & Community Arts Center - Galesville, WI Old Main is part of Galesville's heritage and with the vision of those who recognize its value, it is being renewed with the spirit of community and learning.

20869 S. College Avenue
Galesville, WI 54630

PO Box 704
Galesville, WI 54630

Operating as usual

08/14/2021

Remember our concert tonight featuring The Band Coulee Creek! The fun starts at 7pm.

07/19/2021

Have a band you would like to see preform at Old Main on August 14??? Let us know below!

07/17/2021

Don’t forget… Fly Casual performs LIVE, TONIGHT @ 7:30!!! Join us for our first outdoor concert of 2021!!!

Historic Founders Day at Old Main—June 19 at 2:30 p.m.George and Gertrude Gale invite you to their Strawberry Social Jun...
06/12/2021
Galesville Area Chamber of Commerce 54630

Historic Founders Day at Old Main—June 19 at 2:30 p.m.

George and Gertrude Gale invite you to their Strawberry Social June 19 at 2:30 p.m.
John and Abby Sacia will enact George and Gertrude Gale

The performing arts committee at Old Main will have chairs set outdoors and see to it
that there is plenty of strawberry shortcake with ice cream and lemonade

This will be the historic first time we present the Twesme Family Past and Future Horizons Award. Valerie Feyen has been named to receive the award. Andrew Fox will receive a certificate of excellence for his entry. This wasn’t an easy choice for the award committee.

Andrew Fox will unveil his painting of Old Main. Art from Andrew and friends will be on
display in the Old Main multi-purpose room.

Jim Riley will present the Story of Julia Parker, Galesville pianist, c.a. 1900, complete with a
photo of Julia at the piano inside the parlor that once belonged to the Gale family.

Dr. Frank Bures and Heidi Bryant of Winona will bring celebration music
With clarinet and flute flute.

Taps will be played at the grave site.

Remember--plenty of strawberry shortcake and conversation

The First Brigade band will play a concert to conclude the strawberry social event.

For details about all Founders Day events in Galesville go to http://www.galesvillewi.com

  Galesville is located about 20 miles north of La Crosse, Wisconsin, in the Coulee Region of the Mississippi Valley. The city sits among rolling hills, towering cliffs, forests and spring-fed streams. We are home to Apple Affair, Lake Marinuka, A. A. Arnold House (East Side Farm), Old Main Histori...

05/02/2021
04/22/2021

We're planning and hoping to be able to have a normal Main Event this September! What band would you like to see play at Old Main?

All your favorites will be back... wine tasting, craft beer tasting, Artisan Craft Market, art shows, Children's Arts Workshop, raffles, silent auction, and more!!!

ANNOUNCING OUR FIRST SPRING DRIVE-THRU EVENT!May 2, 2021 from 11am-3pmWe have a wonderful day planned full of great food...
04/14/2021

ANNOUNCING OUR FIRST SPRING DRIVE-THRU EVENT!
May 2, 2021 from 11am-3pm

We have a wonderful day planned full of great food and prizes (including a 50" Smart TV)

Pre-order your tickets at www.oldmain.org. Alternatively, you can print/mail the attached order form.

PRE-ORDERS ARE DUE BY APRIL 23. PLEASE PRE-ORDER IF YOU CAN AS WE WILL HAVE LIMITED ADDITIONAL MEALS DAY OF.

12/04/2020
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Beethoven at Old Main

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, six local pianists gathered to record a virtual concert at Old Main Historical & Community Arts Center in Galesville, WI. Each played an individually selected piece of music from Beethoven's amazing repertoire.

The film was recorded and edited by Wade Britzius.

You can view the virtual concert on the YouTube link below.

Performing in order are:
Carol Lombard: Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 2, No. 3. Adagio and Scherzo
Barb Dotta: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2, First Mvt.
Kathy Meunier: German Dance #1 in C Major
Judy Byom: Sonatina in F major, Anh 5, Rondo and Ecossaisen
Cathy Kreisel: Fur Elize, Bagatelle in G minor, Opus 119, No. 1 and No. 3
Mary Graziano: Piano Sonata, Op. 28, Allegro

https://youtu.be/xV2iiehqvRA

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, six local pianists gathered at Old Main Historical & Community Arts Center in Galesville, WI. Each p...

We are humbled and thrilled to announce that Old Main was chosen as a recipient of the Wisconsin COVID-19 CulturalOrgani...
11/10/2020

We are humbled and thrilled to announce that Old Main was chosen as a recipient of the Wisconsin COVID-19 Cultural
Organizations Grant. Thank You to Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA)! #wicovidgrant

09/19/2020
09/19/2020

If you pre-ordered you meal or would still like to get food, please come over. We will be here for another 30 minutes and have a lot of food left.

09/19/2020
Main Event 2020 is under way! 50/50 raffle is already over $1500!!!
09/19/2020

Main Event 2020 is under way! 50/50 raffle is already over $1500!!!

09/19/2020

Come on out to Old Main today for our DRIVE-THRU Main Event Fall Celebration! We’re here from 11 to 4! Thank to our sponsors #festivalfoods, #bluffviewbank, #ThriventFinancial, #coopcreditunion.

09/19/2020
09/09/2020

Don't forget, pre-orders for our Main Event Drive-Thru need to be mailed or submitted online by Friday!

Here is a letter from our president, Alex Wegner, regarding Main Event 2020 and a pre-order form for your tickets if you...
08/31/2020

Here is a letter from our president, Alex Wegner, regarding Main Event 2020 and a pre-order form for your tickets if you would like to mail in. You can also purchase your tickets and find more information online at www.oldmain.org.

08/27/2020

Check out our newly updated website! www.oldmain.org

Don't forget to stop by the Main Event page & "Help Us Improve" survey!

In celebration of our Founder’s Day, Old Main is proud to share our new video production. We reflect on our past, presen...
06/20/2020
Galesville Founders Day 2020

In celebration of our Founder’s Day, Old Main is proud to share our new video production. We reflect on our past, present, and future of the Old Main Historical & Community Arts Center and look back on our founder Judge George Gale. Enjoy!

Founders Day is a long-standing tradition in Galesville, WI. This video recorded at the former Gale University site celebrates the history of the event, and ...

Galesville Area Chamber of Commerce
06/15/2020

Galesville Area Chamber of Commerce

Join us for this special event. Check out the Photo Contest. New posts will be added throughout the day.

06/11/2020

Old Main is dedicated to ensuring the safety of our volunteers and supporters. With that being said, our board has made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Summer Concert Series. We have also decided to substitute a "drive-thru" version of Main Event this September. Be sure to stay tuned for details. As always, thank you for your continued support and we hope everyone stays safe and healthy.

05/14/2020
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Attention Amazon Shoppers... Did you know you can have Amazon donate to Old Main with every purchase you make? Visit www.smile.amazon.com and enter Garden of Eden Preservation Society. They will then donate 0.5% of every purchase you make to us. Even better... you still get your Prime benefits! Thank you to everyone for your continued support!

04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day! We hope you are all staying safe and healthy. Thank you to everyone for doing your part as we make our way through this. Remember to support your local business when you can. We hope to see you all soon for our Summer Concert Series, Main Event, and more!

03/13/2020

Please note, all Old Main events have been canceled/postponed until further notice in light of COVID-19.

03/13/2020

IRISH HOLIDAY

Scheduled for tomorrow, March 14, HAS BEEN CANCELED
as a precaution and for the safety of our patrons and volunteers due to the coronavirus outbreak.

If you would like a ticket refund, you can contact the person from whom you bought it.
Please stay safe through this season of uncertainty.
Thank you for your interest and your support for an elevator Old Main.

03/09/2020

Dr. Eric Brisson treated the Old Main audience to a brilliant piano concert last night. Don’t miss him next time!

03/03/2020

Dr. Eric Brisson in Concert
Saturday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.

Pianist Eric Brisson holds a Doctorate degree in piano performance from the University of Montréeal. He is currently on the faculty of Winona State University. He will be playing: Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in d minor, BWV 903 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and 24 Preludes, op.28 Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

Tickets: $10, adult; $5, college students; Free 18 and younger.
Tickets available: https://omcac.booktix.com/

03/01/2020

G-E-T District-Wide Art Show
Saturday, March 7, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The District-Wide Art Show celebrates March, Youth Art Month. On March 7th from 10-2, please join us for treats, a scavenger hunt, a chance to win a basket full of art supplies, and of course, the wonderful art. The building will have art from the top to bottom that day and then the gallery will house G-E-T works of art for the remainder of the month.

Old Main Historical & Community Arts Center - Galesville, WI's cover photo
02/26/2020

Old Main Historical & Community Arts Center - Galesville, WI's cover photo

02/25/2020

Leap Day Celebration
Saturday, February 29, 7:30 p.m.
Entertainment by CROOKED WILLOW
bistro setting with refreshments

02/11/2020

Valentine Vocals

Thursday, February 13, 7:30 p.m.
A Valentine Celebration
Enjoy vocal music featuring Bella Voce from La Crosse, The Unaccompanied Minors, G-E-T high school barbershop quartet, and UW-vocal major, Selah-Marie Castellano with additional vocal solos by Spencer Sveen and Spencer Solberg.

A variety of vocal music — classical, barbershop, and jazz — will be heard in a bistro setting with cheesecake desserts and the topping of your choice.

Gale star shows: $10 adults, $5 College, Free to H.S. & Younger
unless otherwise noted.

Art Display
The art in the gallery is Rev. Jim Riley’s collection of Waterscape photos.

02/06/2020

Help Wanted... Old Main is looking for a volunteer to help instruct 1920's themed dance for our Salute to the Roaring 20's event on March 20th. Reach out if interested :-)

01/31/2020

Ella Rose Mahlumin concert with Doug Mahlum

Saturday, February 1, 7:30 p.m.

Ella Rose will perform songs for sweethearts with her father, Doug. We are accustomed to concerts from her guitarist/vocalist father, Doug, who sometimes brings Ella to sing with him. This time Ella is bringing her dad along for a performance that she will present. Ella is studying vocal music at Viterbo University. The concert will be very special for your Valentine, --and especially for everyone who has heard Ella and her dad sing together. This fantastic father-daughter duo will perform in a bistro setting.
Complimentary chocolate desserts will accompany the music.

01/27/2020

Friends of Old Main... We need your help to finish our stage improvements. We are looking for a donation of salvaged 2-inch tongue and groove maple flooring. Please let us know if you can help.

Pianists from Old Main’s Christmas at the Piano concert. Look for our spring piano concert on March 28.
01/21/2020

Pianists from Old Main’s Christmas at the Piano concert. Look for our spring piano concert on March 28.

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20869 S 12th St
Galesville, WI
54630

Telephone

(608) 582-4412

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About Old Main

The Old Main Historical & Community Arts Center is a non-profit IRS 501-c3 organization.

Opened in 1863, Old Main served as the main building of the Gale College campus, the first university in western Wisconsin. Today, Old Main is becoming well known across the region as a destination for the arts and history. Our mission is to establish and maintain a regional cultural center which preserves the past, promotes the arts, and inspires ideas through personal & community involvement.

Old Main is becoming well known across the region as a destination for history & the arts. Our History & Genealogy Committee catalogs, preserves, and displays artifacts and historical documents from throughout Southern Trempealeau County and the region. We have recently expanded our Historical Library making it available online at WWW.OLDMAIN.COM for easy access to anyone, anytime. Our Gale Star Music & Art Series offers concerts appealing to a broad range of musical interests. It proudly features many professional, aspiring, and student musicians, a monthly art display, and multiple drama productions. Our Summer Concert Series offers free concerts in June, July, and August that appeal to audiences of all ages.

We extend our sincere thank you for your interest in the Old Main Historical & Community Arts Center. Together we are helping this cherished building and the programs it hosts to continue serving the community and region. For more information on Old Main and our events please visit www.oldmain.org.

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When is the main event,?
The kids sure enjoyed the sidewalk chalk and toys at the concert last night.
Beautiful even to listen to music on the lawn. Thank you to TUGG for a great concert.
Wonderful historic venue with a personal touch! The piano is very nice to play.
The Christmas at the Piano concert is rescheduled for December 20 at 7:30 p.m. Hope you can help spread the word! Thank You!
The Main Event Sept 15th was a great time with music, wine, beer, cheese and much more. There was a chance to select which board members would get a pie in the face . . . .
The Ensemble Druzhba performed again at Old Main last week. The audience loved listening to this highly skilled group of mucisians . . .
Pie in the Face
The Saint Mary's University Flute Choir and Clarinet Quintet are looking forward to performing in this great venue Sunday afternoon 11/12/17 at 3 PM. Repertoire from Byrd and Bach to to Ungar and Coleman. Please join us!
We loved the music of the Garden of Eatin' Family Band; thanks for the wonderful venue!