Holiday Happening Saturday Dec 7

This year the Adams County Historical Society’s “Holiday Happening” Celebrates “Holidays Around the World”.

As in every year, guests are invited to decorate complete tables for 8 with their own dinnerware, flatware, glassware, linens and centerpieces.  The only decoration requirement is that the decorations have a holiday theme.  Luncheon is served and entertainment provided.

Festivities begin at 10:00 am, Saturday December 7, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Center, 151 E State Street, Adams, Wisconsin


"Peachy Table" 2010 Holiday Happening table

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Marcia Wysocky, author of “Two Fathers One War” to be at Local Author’s Circle

Thursday, November 21, 2013 4:00 pm

Adams County Heritage Center, 311 Main Street, Friendship, WI

When two old boxes were discovered in a farm house, Marcia Wysocky uncovered a time-machine treasury of letters and memorabilia connecting her to the WWII service in the Pacific Theater of Melvin Pollack, the father she hardly knew. Marcia’s father had survived the war, only to die in a work accident when Marcia was just a year old.  Marcia’s mother married a second time to Clarence Mathe, who related memories of his own WWII service in the European theater.  Her father’s time-machine in cardboard boxes and her step-father’s memories led Marcia Wysocky to write both her fathers’ stories in “Two Fathers One War”.

Marcia L. Pollack Wysocky will discuss and read from her book “Two Fathers One War, a daughter’s story” at 4:00 pm Thursday, November 21st in the Adams County Heritage Center, 311 Main Street in Friendship; two doors north of the Friendship Post Office.  Ms. Wysocky will also sign copies of her book. Everyone is welcome to attend the free Local Author’s Circle.  The Adams County Historical Society and the Adams County Public Library co-sponsor the Local Author’s Circle.


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Sharon Hart Addy: Featured Local Author

Thursday, August 22, 2013  at 4:00 pm

Adams County Heritage Center, 311 Main Street, Friendship, Wisconsin

The August Local Author’s Circle will feature southeastern Adams County’s children’s book author, Sharon Hart Addy.   

Introducing herself, Ms Addy says, “My fiction and poetry has appeared in a variety of children’s magazines including Cricket, Ladybug, and Highlights High Five. My picture books are LUCKY JAKE, WHEN WISHES WERE HORSES, RIGHT HERE ON THIS SPOT, IN GRANDPA’S WOODS and A VISIT WITH GREAT-GRANDMA. Over the years, my work has often been included in the WISCONSIN POETS’ CALENDAR.”

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Barbara Cranford reads her Poetry

The Adams County Historical Society was fortunate to have renown local poet come to the monthly “Local Author’s Circle” on Thursday, June 27th.  Ms Cranford discussed her life and art and read selections from  the poems from some of her seven published books.  Four of Ms Cranford’s books are now on sale at the society’s Heritage Book & Gift Shop in Friendship, Wisconsin.  These four  books are Some Quiet Place, This Blind Journey, No One There,   and Far From Here.

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ACHS’s “Heritage Books & Gift Shop” Opens

Saturday September 1st is the Grand Opening of the Society’s “Heritage Book and Gift Shop” in the south side of the newly acquired historic building at 311 Main Street in Friendship, Wisconsin.

Heritage Book and Gift Shop features local history books by local authors including the popular new Railroad Memories, Adams and the C&NW. The shop also offers a wide variety of gifts and decorative items at surprisingly low prices.

One Day Only and In Store Only From Past to Present is 1/3 off.

For the Grand Opening Heritage Book and Gift Shop is offering From Past to Present, The History of Adams County for $20 (1/3 off the regular $30 price tag)  Offer is good for Saturday, September 1st, 2012 and for in-store purchases only.  No mail order.  Offer is made in conjunction with the opening of the Featured Family Prgram’s opening of “Two Fathers, One War” display.

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2012 Cemetery Tour

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Each fall, members of the Society stand beside the graves of deceased Adams County residents and represent the “spirits” of those departed neighbors. Visitors to this year’s Adams County Historical Society’s cemetery tour will hear the stories of “spirits” from Cottonville, Monroe Center and :New Rome Cemeteries.  People joining the tour will meet the bus at 9:30 am at the McGowan House Museum, at 507 Main Street in Friendship, WI.  Lunch will be served after the tour at Woodland Lutheran Church.  The $12.00 price for the cemetery tour includes the tour, the bus transportaion and lunch.  Please RSVP by October 3rd to Lucille Davis at 608-339-6867.

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Historical Society to Visit New Haven Town

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The last of the Adams County Historical Society’s Adams County Township visits will take place Wednesday, October 10 at the New Haven Town Hall, 330 Golden Court, Wisconsin Dells, WI.  The Historical Society Meeting will be held starting at 6:00 pm and the New Haven Town Historical Program will begin at 7:00 pm.  1880, 1900 and 1919 plat handouts will be available.  Bring your memories and memorabilia to share.

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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 McGowan House Museum, 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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2013 McGowan House Tours

The McGowan House is open for tours  May through September 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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