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

Please Help Fund a Documentary on Schenk’s Corners!

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on June 30, 2012

A century ago, the growth of the Fred Schenk and Sons family businesses triggered commercial development and gave its name to Schenk’s Corners.

Local filmmaker Gretta Wing Miller has taken the lead on producing a documentary about Schenk’s Corners, building on the material collected with Ann Waidelich, Madison historian, and Sue Retzlaff, great-granddaughter of Fred and Wilhelmina Schenk,  for our club’s October 2011 meeting. Initial research expanded to include filmed interviews with Wayne Johnson during the closing of the uniform store and with Mildred Stitgen Lee (granddaughter of Fred and Wilhelmina Schenk).

Now, thanks to DaneARTS’ new fundraising website Power2Give, the East Side History Club and Gretta Wing Miller are able to raise money to preserve this fascinating story as a documentary film.

Visit Gretta’s project on power2give now!

To see a trailer from a version of this story produced for the Retzlaff family (and available for sale), visit this earlier post on East Side History-Madison.

Consider how even a small donation, combined with others and matched by 50 cents for every dollar given thanks to a collection of community supporters, will help produce  a video history or Schenk’s Corners.

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