Announcing: K, A Girl’s Life in Friendship, 1905-’06

Photo: K - A Girl's Life in Friendship, 1905-'06:  Our Heritage Book & Gift Shop (311 Main Street, Friendship) has it fresh from the printer in stock and selling fast at $10 a copy.  Book signing on November 29th at McGowan House Tea Party. K  A Girl’s Life in Friendship, 1905 -’06     Katherine McGowan lived a story book life and here is the book that proves it. The girl who grew up to be Supervising Teacher of Adams County schools and fearlessly navigated our sandy roads in her trusty Model T Ford was born and raised in Friendship. Her early years shaped the woman she became. They also make for a set of very interesting stories.   Author Sharon Hart Addy has combined historical research and storytelling skill to tell us about one year in the life of young Katherine.  Addy has written five stories, each one based on a special day, to describe what it was like to be a youngster in Friendship at the start of the 20th Century.  Katherine anxiously prepares to recite a patriotic poem for Memorial Day. She watches the veterans of the Civil War parade on July 4th, and goes to the county fair, which was just as exciting for a child then as it is today. She celebrates her birthday with a gift she long desired but she also learns that life is not always a party. Addy shows how the McGowan family coped with the loss of their breadwinner, Katherine’s father and the village’s medical doctor. Katherine’s mother Hattie, her elder sister Nessie and brother Wynn become real people we can all relate to.  She also paints a vivid portrait of the little village of Friendship as it entered the modern age. Katherine rides to the county fair in a horse-drawn buggy, but also experiences her first thrilling ride in an automobile.   Addy is an experienced, published author of children’s literature, but K is not just for young people. There is no age limit on reading a set of good stories as well-told as these are.  Addy has donated her services to the book project. Book production was underwritten by a generous grant from the Easton-White Creek Lions and other donors. That means all proceeds from sales will go to our Society. The book will be on sale for $10.  K, A Girl’s Life in Friendship, 1905 -’06,will be introduced to the public at a special event at the McGowan House on November 29 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Sharon Hart Addy will attend for a book signing and a young Katherine McGowan will be present to serve tea and cake, just as she did in 1905. K – A Girl’s Life in Friendship, 1905-’06:

Our Heritage Book & Gift Shop (311 Main Street, Friendship) has it fresh from the printer in stock and selling fast at $10 a copy. Book signing on November 29th at McGowan House Tea Party.

K - A Girl’s Life in Friendship, 1905 -’06

Katherine McGowan lived a story book life and here is the book that proves it. The girl who grew up to be Supervising Teacher of Adams County schools and fearlessly navigated our sandy roads in her trusty Model T Ford was born and raised in Friendship. Her early years shaped the woman she became. They also make for a set of very interesting stories.

Author Sharon Hart Addy has combined historical research and storytelling skill to tell us about one year in the life of young Katherine. Addy has written five stories, each one based on a special day, to describe what it was like to be a youngster in Friendship at the start of the 20th Century.

Katherine anxiously prepares to recite a patriotic poem for Memorial Day. She watches the veterans of the Civil War parade on July 4th, and goes to the county fair, which was just as exciting for a child then as it is today. She celebrates her birthday with a gift she long desired but she also learns that life is not always a party.

Addy shows how the McGowan family coped with the loss of their breadwinner, Katherine’s father and the village’s medical doctor. Katherine’s mother Hattie, her elder sister Nessie and brother Wynn become real people we can all relate to. She also paints a vivid portrait of the little village of Friendship as it entered the modern age. Katherine rides to the county fair in a horse-drawn buggy, but also experiences her first thrilling ride in an automobile.

Addy is an experienced, published author of children’s literature, but K is not just for young people. There is no age limit on reading a set of good stories as well-told as these are.

Addy has donated her services to the book project. Book production was underwritten by a generous grant from the Easton-White Creek Lions and other donors. That means all proceeds from sales will go to our Society. The book is on  sale now for $10.

K, A Girl’s Life in Friendship, 1905 -’06,will be introduced to the public at a special event at the McGowan House on November 29 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Sharon Hart Addy will attend for a book signing and a young Katherine McGowan will be present to serve tea and cake, just as she did in 1905.

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2014 Holiday Happening

Photo: This reservation form might work a little better.  Print it out fill it out and send it in.You  are cordially invited to the 10th annual ‘Holiday Happening’luncheon Saturday, December 6, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Center, 151 E State Street, Adams, Wisconsin.  Presented by thPhoto: Holiday Happening decorated table from a past year.  Reservations are being taken now for the December 6th event.e Adams County Historical Society.

As in previous years, you are invited to decorate complete tables for 8 with your own dinnerware, flatware, glassware, linens and centerpieces.  Decorate as elaborately or simply as you wish. We only ask that you have a holiday theme or use our program to inspire a design of your own.

This year’s theme is a salute to Adams County Teachers and Schools.

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Adams County Historical Society’s Annual Cemetery Tour

Photo: Morgan Peters as the spirit of Cynthia West who came to Adams County from Nova Scotia in the 1850s

Morgan Peters as the spirit of Cynthia West who came to Adams County from Nova Scotia in the 1850s

Saturday, October 4, 2014

 

The cemeteries of Adams County are filled with stories of people who came from Norway, Bohemia, Ireland, New England, Ohio, and Illinois, or they born here, stayed here or came back to die here.  Their stories tell of their troubles and joys, their families and friends, and help us understand how their lives reflect on our lives today.  They can’t tell their stories themselves, so every fall since 2003, the Adams County Historical Society has held a Cemetery Tour.  Volunteers stand by graves and become the “spirits” of those buried beneath and tell their stories.

This year the Cemetery Tour visited the spirits in Plainville, Prairie, Lakeview and Mount Calvary Cemeteries.

At Plainville Cemetery we  heard from Oscar and Belle Armstrong Atcherson, Civil War veteran George Oakes, and Judge Samuel Tyler.  At Lakeview Cemetery we met Vera Phillips, Russell Henningsen, Urban Huber, John and Mary Murphy Vroman, and Jacob and Fannie Jones Vroman.  At Mount Calvary Cemetery by St. Ann’s Church in Brooks we saw Katherine and George Lehmann.  Finally, at old Prairie Cemetery Cynthia West told us about the others who are buried there.

Harry Davis as the spirit of Judge Samuel Tyler of Plainville

Tom Jr & Tobi Davis as the spirits of Oscar & Belle Atcherson

Nic Hurst as the spirit of Civil War veteran George Oakes

Mike Hartz as the spirit of Jacob Vroman and Lonnie Lecy as the spirit of John Vroman.

 

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ACHS Meetings

The Adams County Historical Society Board of Directors meets except as noted elsewhere at 7:00 pm on the second Wednesday of January, March, April, June, July, September, October and December at the Adams County Heritage Center, 311 Main Street, Friendship, WI.  Meetings are open to the public

ACHS Membership Meetings are held at the same time and place as the Directors meetings on the second Wednesdays of February, August and November.

The ACHS Annual Meeting and election of officers is held at the same time and place as the Directors meeting on the second Wednesday of May.

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2014 McGowan House Tours

The McGowan House is now closed for the season.  Tours may be arranged by appointment.  To make an appointment, stop in at the Adams County Heritage Center at 311 Main Street in Friendship during open hours, or call 608-339-7733, 608-339-6867 or 608-339-2199.

The McGowan House will reopen for tours  May through September 2015 on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 pm;  other times by appointment.  Family and group tours can be arranged in the off season.

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