Centennial Celebration for the Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society

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Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society Turns 100 and You Are Invited to the Party!

We welcome you all to attend the Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society’s Centennial Celebration on October 13 from 3 – 4:30 at the Masonic Center, 204 Washington Avenue, Oshkosh. Guests of all ages are welcome to this free, family-friendly party to enjoy ice cream sundaes (invented in Wisconsin) and birthday cake. Guests are encouraged to show up in costumes from any time in the last 100 years (since the founding of the Historical Society in 1919). There will be music, games, and a photo booth to capture all the fun! Everyone is welcome to join us and celebrate our 100th Birthday and learn more about local history and how to get involved with local historical societies.

On November 22, 1919, A meeting was called to organize a branch of the State Archaeological and Historical Society in Winnebago County. Clarence T. Olen, Charles Koehn, Ralph Buck-
staff, Nile Behncke, and Arthur Kannenberg met and formed the Winnebago Archaeological and Historical Society. In its early days, the society was a major proponent in marking and preserving historical sites and surveying archaeological sites in Winnebago County. The society also helped establish the Oshkosh Public Museum. Today, the organization is known as the Winnebago County Historical & Archaeological Society and maintains a strong presence in historical preservation in Winnebago County, Wisconsin.

Before the Centennial Celebration the Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society will have their Annual Meeting from 2 – 3 pm on the 3rd floor of the Masonic Center. During this meeting we will present a year-in-review, vote for Board Officers, and announce our winner of the Clarence “Inky” Jungwirth award. Everyone is welcome to learn more about the Society by attending this meeting. Even better, you can become a member and find out how you too can help preserve local history.

Built in 1924 the Oshkosh Masonic Center has been an integral part of downtown Oshkosh so it is a fitting location to have the Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society’s Annual Meeting and Centennial Celebration. The space is handicap accessible with parking in the rear of the building and an elevator to take you to the meeting space. If you have questions, contact us at (920) 267-8007 or winnebagohistoricalsociety@gmail.com



Date(s) & Time(s)

Start: Sun, Oct 13th 2019 2:00 PM
End: Sun, Oct 13th 2019 4:30 PM


204 Washington Avenue, Oshkosh

Contact Information

Leslie Walfish
(920) 267-8007
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