East Side History Madison’s Blog

By and for the East Side History Club, a project of the Goodman Community Center

Contribute your story to local history! Here’s how.

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on March 21, 2015

Submit your stories and images to be considered for inclusion in a revised, expanded second edition of An East Side Album!

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The East Side History Club focuses on collecting “home-made” history—the informal photographs and domestic anecdotes that reveal a side of history rarely preserved in “official” city history. YOU have this history in your closets and attics. Share it! See guidelines here.

 

And contribute to “Goodman to Garver” local history online!

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“Goodman to Garver” is a map-based interactive website designed to collect and share memories and images about the corridor between the Goodman Community Center and the Garver Feed Mill site. Let’s get involved! Scan your images, record your stories, and hit the site to contribute to community memories. If you have questions, contact Rebecca Summer (rsummer@wisc.edu) or Garrett Nelson (ggnelson@wisc.edu) of the UW Geography Department and Center for the Humanities. They’ll be happy to help you capture your stories and images to share.

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April 18 meeting: Monks in our Midst!

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on March 30, 2015

The Frank J. Allis house, known as San Damiano, in 1996

The Frank J. Allis house, known as San Damiano, in 1996

For our April meeting, the East Side History Club presents:

Monks in our Midst! History & Future of Frank Allis House/San Damiano

Saturday April 18, note: 2–4 pm

Meet at Pinney Branch Library, 204 Cottage Grove Road

$2 suggested donation

Ann Waidelich will discuss the Frank W. Allis House, now known as San Damiano, on Monona Drive. Constructed in 1888, it was given to the Norbertine Fathers in 1928 for use as a novitiate. The fate of the property is uncertain.

aerial view of the property

aerial view of the property

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March 21 meeting: Hawthorne Park History!

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on February 28, 2015

For our March meeting, the East Side History Club presents:

Hawthorne: A School, a Park, a Gathering Place

Photo Hawthorne School ca. 1930 courtesy of Leigh Hartridge

Photo Hawthorne School ca. 1930 courtesy of Leigh Hartridge

March 21, 1–3 pm–note new time!

$2 suggested donation Bolz A Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St.

Catherine Stephens will share her research about the history of Hawthorne School, Hawthorne Park, and invite stories and memories of playtime and neighborhood gatherings.

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February 21 meeting: The Making of “An East Side Album”

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on January 29, 2015

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For our February meeting, the East Side History Club presents:

The Making of An East Side Album

Saturday Feb. 21, 1–3 pm–note new time!

$2 suggested donation Bolz A Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St.

Ann Waidelich and Sarah White will show images from the book published in 2008 and talk about how local history was gathered for the first edition. We’ll discuss plans to revise and expand a second edition to include more local history “finds.” Bring new stories, additions and corrections!

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Dec 14: annual Christmas Open House at the Dean house

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on November 30, 2014

On Sunday December 14 from 1-4 pm, East Siders are invited to attend the annual Christmas Open House at the Dean house, hosted by the Historic Blooming Grove Historical Society. Christmas decorations, refreshments and music will be featured.

Come hang out with your friends from the East Side History Club!

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At November 15th meeting: “Goodman to Garver”

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on November 12, 2014

At the November meeting, in addition to enjoying “Show & Tell for Grownups,”  we’ll also help to kick off a project run by students Rebecca Summer and Garrett Nelson of the UW Geography Department and Center for the Humanities.

Rebecca and Garrett are building a website that will collect and share memories and images about the history of the East Side. One goal of the project is to get many different groups of people involved in the process of telling and preserving local history. The first phase of this project focuses on the corridor between the Goodman Community Center and the Garver Feed Mill site.

Rebecca and Garrett will be at the November meeting to get feedback on the scope of the project, and to photograph or scan objects and record stories related to “Goodman to Garver” for the website.

As you’re collecting objects for Show & Tell, please keep an eye out for objects that could help tell stories about the Garver site. If you have questions, contact Rebecca (rsummer@wisc.edu) or Garrett (ggnelson@wisc.edu).

Join us Saturday Nov. 15 from 2–4pm, Evjue D.

Here are some screenshots from the “Goodman to Garver” website:

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November 15th meeting: Show & Tell For Grownups!

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on October 27, 2014

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Red Dot Potato Chip can courtesy of Don Ross

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Garver thermometer courtesy of Joan Bedner.

For our November meeting, the East Side History Club presents

Show & Tell For Grownups!

Saturday Nov. 15 2–4pm

Bring an object and share your story, or just come and listen. It’s like elementary school without the gerbils.

Do you have an old item from local businesses, schools, clubs, or community events? Share your local history treasures!

 

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Roll Out the Barrels: The Hess Family and Business History

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on October 15, 2014

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By Gary J. Hess, 126 pages, Over 100 photos, Paperback

L to R: Eddie, Foots, Frank J. Hess, Joe (standing), and Tony (sitting). Photo by James Roy Miller, courtesy of The Capital Times Feb. 9, 1947.

L to R: Eddie, Foots, Frank J. Hess, Joe (standing), and Tony (sitting).
Photo by James Roy Miller, courtesy of The Capital Times Feb. 9, 1947.

 

Roll Out the Barrels:  The Hess Family and Business History

Saturday October 18,  2–4pm

Goodman Comm. Ctr. in the LOFT

149 Waubesa St.

$2 suggested donation

Presented by Gary Hess, with Ann Waidelich and Sarah White. Gary Hess will discuss writing and publishing this book of family and business history. For over 60 years the Frank J. Hess and Sons Cooperage of Madison, Wisconsin supplied white oak barrels for breweries in over 35 Wisconsin communities and in five states. The company also manufactured and repaired wine and whiskey barrels. The cooperage and family home were located in Schenk’s Corners. Ann Waidelich edited the manuscript, and Sarah White published the book through her company, First Person Productions.

Come get ideas for preserving your family’s story! Roll Out the Barrels will be available for sale at the event, and through Amazon.com.

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Ghost Signs of Madison, Wisconsin

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on September 5, 2014

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Ghost Sign, on East Johnson Street

Our presenter Maureen Janson Heintz was inspired to document Madison’s ghost signs after a trip to her native Chicago, where the old buildings struck her as beautiful. Her book is a “field guide” to the fading signage that recalls Madison’s past, especially along the East Side rail corridor. Several buildings are featured that will be familiar to East Siders: come see if your favorite “ghost signs” are among them!

Saturday September 20,

2–4pm Goodman Community Center

149 Waubesa St.

Find us in the Loft!

$2 suggested donation

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East Side History Club Plans “Fall Semester” for 2014

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on August 9, 2014

On Saturday September 20, Maureen Janson Heintz will talk about publishing her book Ghost Signs of Madison, Wisconsin. Heintz was inspired to document Madison’s ghost signs after a trip to her native Chicago, where the old buildings struck her as beautiful. She has referred to her book as a “field guide” to the fading signage that recalls Madison’s past, especially along the East Side rail corridor. Several buildings are featured that will be familiar to East Siders: come see if your favorite “ghost signs” are among them!

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On Saturday October 18, Gary Hess will discuss his recently published book of family and business history, Roll Out the Barrels. For over 60 years the Frank J. Hess and Sons Cooperage of Madison, Wisconsin supplied white oak barrels for breweries in over 35 Wisconsin communities and in five states. The company also manufactured and repaired wine and whiskey barrels. The cooperage and family home were located in Schenk’s Corners. Ann Waidelich edited the manuscript, and Sarah White published the book through her company, First Person Productions.

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Both meetings will take place at the Goodman Community Center, 2-4pm.

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