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Old World Wisconsin Takes You Back to the Past

Quarterly Meeting and Public Invitation to its Presentation


Join us as we explore the history and architectural diversity of Wisconsin, preserved at Old World Wisconsin. Learn about Wisconsin’s European immigrants through their homes and possessions as our speaker for the evening, Karl Kaphengst, Historic Food and Craftways Program Coordinator at Old World Wisconsin, takes us on a journey through the past.


Old World Wisconsin is a living history museum, located near Eagle, Wisconsin, that portrays the daily life of immigrants in our state during the 19th century. The museum encompasses nearly 600 acres of rolling, wooded hills and features over 60 historic structures. These range from ethnic farmsteads with furnished houses and rural outbuildings--to a crossroads village. The museum opened in 1976 and is owned and operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Also in 1976, a Clausing-built octagon barn, constructed in Mequon in 1897, was taken apart piece by piece and reconstructed at Old World Wisconsin where it is currently used as a café and meeting facility.

 As a staff member at Old World Wisconsin for over 20 years, Kaphengst has grown up with the site and his passion for Wisconsin history is both personal and professional. He specializes in 19th century crafts, textiles, clothing and the delicious array of ethnic foods that Wisconsin has to offer.

Our Quarterly Meeting will be held Monday, May 4th, at the Cedarburg Cultural Center (W62 N546 Washington Ave.) in downtown Cedarburg. The business meeting begins at 7 pm, with the presentation starting at 7:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and free on-site parking is available.


NEW WWII Final Push to Victory
May 16th 10AM-10PM

"On Saturday, May 16, Ozaukee County Pioneer Village (4880 County Hwy I, Saukville, WI) will be transformed into a small European village with encampments of American, British, German and Russian soldiers from WWII. The 1st Allied Airborne Living History Reenactors from around the Midwest will commemorate the 70th anniversary of V-E Day (Victory in Europe) at the "Final Push to Victory", an event presented by the Ozaukee County Historical Society.

The event which starts at 10:00AM, will include demonstrations, displays, vehicles and camp activities all day.  Battles will take place in the valley at 11:00AM and in the village at 2:30PM, with a surrender ceremony to follow.

An special exhibit of WWII Veteran will be displayed on the "Honor Wall". Deadline for submitting photographs is May 1st. Help us fill up the wall to honor our local WWII veterans! Contact Allen Buchholz at buchholz@wi.rr.com if you have any questions or photograph of a veteran to submit.

There will be a huge celebration USO dance in the evening at 6:30PM, featuring Swing Noveau, who will play all the wartime classics.

Admission is $10 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors, $5 Veterans/Children 13 & up. Admission gives access to tours of the village, the encampment and the dance."

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Introducing the New Pioneer Village Hall

The increased number of visitors to the Village each year has resulted in the demand for some modern improvements, such as air conditioning, heating and restrooms that are ADA compliant.  Our plans include improved food service facilities to better serve our own events as well as our future goals. There is a need to have audio-visual teaching aides for meetings and programs that can accommodate 150-200 people in all kinds of weather.
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The Ozaukee County Historical Society appreciates all the dedication and work that was accomplished by the volunteers at Ozaukee County Pioneer Village, Stony Hill School, and the Hazel Wirth Research Center in the past and present. Although most of the volunteers for OCHS are Ozaukee County residents, people from Washington, Sheboygan, Milwaukee and Waukesha counties also volunteer. OCHS looks forward to working with all volunteers as they help to preserve the history of Ozaukee County and make it available to present and future generations. Thank you for your service!
Nina Look is the Archivist for the Oz. Co. Historical Society.  The Archives is located at N57 W6406 Center Street, Cedarburg, and is open on Tuesdays from 9-3, 2nd & 4th Mondays from 5-8 p.m. 2nd Saturday of month from 9-11 a.m. or by appointment.
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