2018 Holiday Happening

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The Heritage Center Elevator Will Be Built!

Thanks to Many Generous Donors   (Click to view)



Currently, the Adams County Heritage Center’s rear facade looks like this with a 2nd story doorway opening onto a balcony landing.  Previously, there were stairs leading from the landing to the parking lot below.





A rough artist’s concept of how the rear Heritage Center facade will appear with the 16 by 32 foot addition containing the elevator.  The 1st floor entry will be in the same relative position as the current entry.  Current 2nd story windows will be moved out to the addition.





Cut-away view of the addition showing where the elevator will be.  The 2nd story doorway will become an interior door opening onto an elevator lobby.  Stairs will wrap around the elevator.  Some elements in the picture have changed since the drawing was made.







The 2nd story door from inside the Heritage Center, looking outside.











Where the landing is now will be an inside elevator lobby.









The 2nd story northeast exhibit room will show the history of Adams County from prehistoric times through settlement, development and progression to the present.






The 2nd story southeast exhibit room will celebrate the professional, recreational and cultural life of Adams County.






More of the 2nd story southeast exhibit room.








More of the 2nd story southeast exhibit room.






The 2nd story south-middle exhibit room will feature Adams County military.







The 2nd story southwest exhibit room is already in use housing archives and providing work space for cataloging and filing.







The 2nd story northwest exhibit room will continue to be a work room, and may be used to teach lost arts such as tatting and chair caning.







The 2nd story north-middle exhibit room will be an audio visual room where videos or Power Point presentations of the history of Adams County may be shown.







For reference, this is the current front view of the Heritage Center.








In this picture of the current back view of the Heritage Center, the new addition will come out to about the front of the parked car.






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“Friendship, Wisconsin – A History” Now on Sale



Local author Dennis McFarlin’s  newly published book Friendship, Wisconsin – A History is now available for sale at the Adams County Historical Society’s Heritage Books & Gifts at 311 Main Street, Friendship, Wisconsin.

The two volume Friendship, Wisconsin – A History chronicles the history of a small village in central Wisconsin. Dennis M. McFarlin grew up in Friendship and experienced first-hand life in the village for fifty years. McFarlin’s discussion of the book should be of interest to students of history, genealogists, and particularly to those persons who live in Friendship today or grew up in the village or its surrounds.


The book is 934 pages, with 600 photographs and images.  Because the book is intended as a research source, the author has provided over 10,000 endnotes to guide the reader to additional resources.  An extensive index is provided.

Volume One of the book presents a history of the village through subject categories, such a education, health care, government, lifestyle,  and the early geologic history of the area.

Volume Two of the book presents a history of the village through a block-by-block review of the businesses that operated in the village from its inception in 1856.




Friendship, Wisconsin – A History is available by mail.

Send $65 plus $10 shipping and handling to Adams County Historical Society, PO BOX 264, Friendship, WI 53934 along with your shipping address.


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Local History Books on Sale in Society’s Heritage Books & Gifts shop.

The books listed below are in stock and on sale at the Adams County Historical Society’s Heritage Books & Gifts shop, 311 Main Street, Friendship, Wisconsin. 
The books are also available by mail; send remittance with name and address to Adams county Historical Society, PO Box 264, Friendship, WI 53934.  Add $5  per individual book for shipping and handling.  (Add $10 for the two volume “Friendship Wisconsin – a History”)


“A-F SPEEDWAY, STEEL FENDERS-GOLDEN MEMORIES” A DVD Hosted by Bill Holland with film, interviews, stories from the History of A-F Speedway. A wonderful combination! $30.00


“ADAMS COUNTY AT WAR” by Gordon K. Klaus. This book contains the Civil War letters that Adams County native Pvt./Capt. Charles Bassett wrote home while serving with Co. E, 16th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. Included is a roster of Company E’s original members. $15.00

“FRIENDSHIP WISCONSIN – A HISTORY”  by Dennis M. McFarlin. A two volume set presenting the history of a small village in Adams County in central Wisconsin. Volume One of the book presents the history of the village through subject categories, such as education, health care, government, lifestyle, and the early geologic history of the area. Volume Two presents a block-by-block review of the businesses that operated in the village from its inception in 1856.   Having 934 pages, with 600 photos and images 10,000 endnotes, it is meant as a research source. The Book store price is $65.00.

FROM PAST TO PRESENT” A comprehensive history of Adams County by Michael Goc. $20.00


“GRANDMA ‘D’ “  by M. Delores Maynard Cherveny. A new book by 96 year old author describing a life well lived. $15.00

“GROWING UP POOR” by Joseph Soulak. (Memories of Wisconsin life in the central Wisconsin Railroad town of Adams.) $5.00

HERO OF THE RED RIVERThe life and times of Joseph Bailey by Michael J. Goc. A Collections of letters discovered in an old Wisconsin Dells building was the catalyst for this history of Colonel Joseph Bailey who owned a small farm in southern Adams county. His friend, a local attorney who stayed behind after Joseph entered the Civil War had saved them and gives an eye opening portrait of a man who accomplished much in his military career. $12.00

“K” A GIRLS LIFE IN FRIENDSHIP DURING 1905 & 1906. by Sharon Hart Addy for the Adams County Historical Society about young Katherine McGowan who became a teacher and Supervising Teacher overseeing the many schools in this rural county. $10.00

“LOOKING BACK” by Walter J. Kappel. The middle son of Austrian immigrants tells of his life from 1914 through WWII.  $10.00

” MURDER IN ADAMS COUNTY” by Merlyn Ruphus. The notoriety of Adams County as ‘The Murder Capital of the United States’ is documented in this fascinating book. $20.00

“NEW CHESTER” by Barbara Morgan (A history of this small community and the surrounding country) $8.00

“POWER IN MANY HANDS” by Michael Goc. Tells the story of Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative and of the communities it serves in twelve central Wisconsin counties. The beginnings of local REA services. $20.00

 “ROCHE-A-CRI TO TRINITY” (The History of Trinity Lutheran Church in Arkdale, WI.) $10.00

“THE HISTORY OF A-F SPEEDWAY” by Matt McLaughlin (Well documented history of a Adams County favorite. Many wild characters and even wilder racing!) $30.00

“THE TANGNEY & DAY FAMILIES OF ADAMS COUNTY, WISCONSIN by Linda Berg Stafford. Winner of the 1994 Family History Book Award from the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society and State Historical Society of Wisconsin. A beautifully executed genealogy of two branches of the Tangney family spanning 6 generations, and eleven generations of the Day family. (We have received multiple copies of this book to be used for fundraising. In most cases our society has received only 1 or 2 copies of family genealogies which we hold in our archives for research.) $25.00

“TO THE LAST BIRD by Evalyn Attoe Blumer & Jerry W. Carlton (a saga of generations of the bird family as it progressed westward eventually settling in central Wisconsin, describing their involvement in the development of the new city of Madison and constructing it’s new capitol building) $7.50

“TWO FATHERS, ONE WAR” by Marcia L Pollock Wysocky. A daughter’s story of her natural father and step father one in the European theater and the other in the Pacific theater of World War II. $25.00

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