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Archive for March, 2017

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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Join the inaugural Season of Madison’s only Vintage Base Ball Club

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on March 17, 2017

Your East Side History Club organizers are please that Mike Gibson contacted us about his mission to start a vintage ball club in Madison!

Here’s his note–

Hello, I am starting up a vintage baseball club in Madison.  We are called the Capitol City Base Ball Club, named after the baseball team that played here in the 1860s.  We will play other vintage baseball teams in the area.  We are currently recruiting players and I am hoping you can share our flyer with any of your people that might be interested in joining.  You can also share our facebook page, at facebook.com/madisoncapcities  Thanks for your help! – Mike”

Mike sent us this flyer. Please share it with anyone you know who might want to join, or help spread the word! Just right-click on the image to download and print copies, or share a link to this page.

  • Sarah White and Ann Waidelich

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