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

“An East Side Album”–always a work in progress

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on December 10, 2017

After we published the first edition of An East Side Album in 2007, we heard many compliments and a few corrections and omissions, too. In fact, we learned we’d overlooked a whole neighborhood that felt part of the old East Side–Eken Park, which has its own rich architectural and social history. A new chapter fills that gap in the revised East Side Album, 2nd Edition, now available at the Goodman Community Center, Olbrich Gardens gift shop, and Stone Fence shop on Atwood Avenue.

And of course, after publication of the second edition, we’ve heard about a few corrections. When you purchase a copy at one of the outlets mentioned, it should include a half-sheet like this one.

If you already have your copy of the book, feel free to print this out and tuck it inside! And if you notice any additional corrections, please call Ann Waidelich at 249-7920 or email annwaid@charter.net.

We’re all grateful to the Goodman Community Center for publishing our “community family album”!

  • Sarah White and Ann Waidelich
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October meeting: We Learned about Ho-Chunk History

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on November 20, 2017

Thank you to all who attended the October 21 meeting to learn more about Ho-Chunk history in Wisconsin.

The group enjoyed watching the Wisconsin Public Television film “Ho-Chunk History,” part of their Tribal Histories programming, and spent time browsing selected books and articles. (You can stream that film from the WPT website.)

We were joined by special guest Kimberly Crowley, Ho-Chunk artist and master basket maker. Kimberly shared examples of her black ash baskets and spoke to the group about basket making. Learn more about Kimberly on the Wisconsin Dells Events website.

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We are so glad Kimberly could join us, with her lovely baskets and informational display. Thanks to Catherine Stephens and Brad Kuse, SASY volunteers, for organizing the October 2017 meeting.

Stay tuned for news about future meetings — to be announced. The club welcomes new co-leaders to step forward to carry this history club into the future!

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“An East Side Album, 2nd Edition” now available!

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on October 22, 2017

The new edition of the East Side’s most coveted local history book is finally off the presses, through the bindery with improved, stronger spine, and ready for purchase!

Copies are available for $24.95 at Stone Fence (2322 Atwood Avenue) and the Olbrich Gardens Gift Shop. Copies may be purchased at the Goodman Community Center front desk for $20.00. If you contributed to the book, you may purchase one copy of the book for $15 at the Goodman Community Center. (The front desk will have a list of contributors.)

If you live out of town and would like one or more copies mailed to you, the price is $20 plus $7 shipping and handling for the first copy and $14 for 2 to 5 books (ordered at the same time). Send check made out to the Goodman Community Center to the Goodman Center, 149 Waubesa Street, Madison WI 53704.

Purchases of An East Side Album support the Goodman Community Center. Revised and expanded, the 2nd edition is full of memories of the Schenk’s-Atwood, Union Corners, and Eken Park neighborhoods.

Note: If you purchased a copy in August or September, you probably have one with unsatisfactory binding on the spine. If it hasn’t started shedding pages, it soon might. Please bring it to the Goodman Community Center front desk, where you can pick up a new copy with improved binding. We apologize for the inconvenience!

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October 21 meeting: Sharing Ho Chunk History

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on October 9, 2017

Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara (SASY) Neighborhood Association plans to continue the East Side History Club in partnership with the Goodman Community Center

The effigy tree Whitehorse sculpture after restoration in 1997.

 

Sharing Ho-Chunk History

Saturday, Oct. 21, 1-3 pm

Meet in The LOFT, Goodman Center, 149 Waubesa St.

$2 suggested donation.

Join us as we gather and share Ho-Chunk tribal history and ancestral stories from the East Side!

And there’s more good news–copies of An East Side Album, 2nd Edition, with new improved binding will be available at the Goodman Center by this meeting. If you purchased a defective copy, please bring return it for replacement.

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Second Edition of East Side Album–Launch Party Today, Books Soon

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on September 16, 2017

The Book Launch Party for An East Side Album, 2nd. Edition will still take place Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Goodman Community Center, but do to a binding problem, the books will not be for sale. The printer will deliver improved books as soon as possible. If you have purchased a book and are experiencing pages coming loose, please return it for replacement when the new books arrive.

Join us 1-3 pm, to socialize and reminisce about the East Side History Club and talk with volunteers about possibilities going forward.

 

 

 

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Kipp Mural Dedication

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on August 16, 2017

Passing this along from East Side muralist Sharon Kilfoy—if you love our industrial heritage, you’ll want to attend this event!

Celebrating the Industrial Heritage of Madison’s East Side

Dane Arts Mural Arts and Madison-Kipp Corporation are pleased to invite you to a dedication of the Kipp mural, which has been created by DAMA community artists, SAIL East alternative high school students & Kipp workers.

Wednesday Sept 6 – 2pm

201 Waubesa Ave across from the Goodman Center bike path

Special thanks to Tony Koblinski, the Madison Community Foundation, the Evjue Foundation & Hallman Lindsay Paints.

For more information, contact Steph Lauer (Kipp) 608-242-5244 or Sharon Kilfoy (DAMA) 608-658-3736.

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Second Edition of “An East Side Album” is at the printer!

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on August 3, 2017

Revised and expanded, the 2nd edition is full of memories of the Schenk’s-Atwood, Union Corners, and Eken Park neighborhoods.

 

The updated, expanded Second Edition of An East Side Album: A Community Remembers by the East Side History Club will be available for sale later in August 2017. Purchases of An East Side Album support the Goodman Community Center.

Copies will be available at Stone Fence (2322 Atwood Avenue), the Olbrich Gardens Gift Shop, and the Goodman Community Center front desk. Purchase details will be announced as soon as the books are in stock.

A Book Launch party will take place September 16 from 1-3pm at the Goodman Community Center in the Evjue Room. To be sure you are invited* to the book launch party please leave your email or mailing address (whichever way you prefer to be notified) in the “Comments” section of this post.

  • Sarah White and Ann Waidelich

*If you are already on the East Side History Club mailing list, or you’ve already entered your name on the previous post, don’t worry–you’ll receive the notice.

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Coming in Summer 2017: The Second Edition of “An East Side Album”!

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on June 13, 2017

We’re getting really close! The updated, expanded Second Edition of An East Side Album: A Community Remembers by the East Side History Club will be available for sale in Summer of 2017.

The original East Side Album was very well received and sold out quickly. Ever since, people have been asking us to either reprint it or publish a new edition. We thank you all for your contributions and your patience during the long “hatching” process. This second edition follows the same outline as the first edition. We have edited the material that was in the first edition and added a great deal of new material.

To be sure you are invited* to the book launch party this summer please leave your email or mailing address (whichever way you prefer to be notified) in the “Comments” section of this post.

  • Sarah White and Ann Waidelich

*If you already receive East Side History Club messages by email or postcard, you are already on the list.

 

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April 8 Meeting: Picturing the Past and Present: The Schenk-Atwood Neighborhood

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on March 30, 2017

Photo courtesy of “Turkeys of Madison” Facebook Group via Gretta Wing Miller

The East  Side History Club presents:

Picturing the Past and Present:
The Schenk- Atwood Neighborhood

Saturday, April 8*
1-3 pm
Evjue Room
Goodman Center,
149 Waubesa St.
$2 suggested donation

For our last East Side History Club program, historical consultant Ann Waidelich will present a virtual stroll through time on the near east side. Bring a snack to share. There will be time to reminisce about the club and the neighborhood.

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“Storytelling Inspired by Family Heirlooms”–A Story

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on March 22, 2017

At our March meeting Judith Porter, Superintendent of Antique Judging at the McHenry Co. Fair, shared the stories behind many of the treasure trove of objects she brought. “All of these objects are back in the neighborhood they come from,” she said, with obvious delight. Her talk revealed the rich interplay between genealogy, family history, and the stories that go with our stuff.  She ended with a call to action: “Journal! Write about your life, for your children and grandchildren. And for goodness’ sake, label your photographs!”

After Judith’s presentation, several attendees shared stories of objects they had brought with them, either actual mementos or photos.

Carol Walker shared her story of the first guests in her new home.  Carol and her husband, Richard, bought the house at 110 N. Fair Oaks Ave. in 1993.  It was built in 1948. Her parents, brother, nephew and friend had Sunday dinner on May 30th with Carol and Richard, dining at two card tables in the second bedroom which they converted into a dining room.

110 N. Fair Oaks Avenue

Carol also shared the story of caring for the white oak tree in the front yard. (Yes, even a tree can be a treasured family heirloom.) She recently hired an arborist to judiciously trim the tree, which she estimates is 130-140 years old, to keep it healthy. With the loss of so many mature canopy trees on the east side, we applaud our neighbors who, like Carol, help preserve our elderly arboreal friends!

Carol likes to think that the stand of oaks near her home might have inspired the choice of “Village of Fair Oaks” that was the area’s original name from 1906 to 1912. (Another possible origin for the name comes from one of the men who promoted the Village idea, who was wounded at the 1862 Civil War battle site called Fair Oaks in Virginia.)

Carol Walker with her husband Richard, who died three years ago.

 

 

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