“Christmas in the Good Old Days” is the theme for the 12th annual Holiday Happening luncheon being held Saturday, December 3, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Center in Adams.
The event invites individuals or groups to decorate their own tables of 8 guests in the Christmas in the Good Old Days theme or a theme of their own choosing. Participants vote for their favorite decorated table to select winners of the Peoples Choice Awards. A nice luncheon is served to participants at the decorated tables by volunteer students and entertainment is provided.
Saturday, October 1, 2016. Once again, the stories of the people buried in Adams County cemeteries, came alive through the “spirits” representing them at the Adams County Historical Society’s popular Cemetery Tour. This year the society revisited the Mount Repose, St. Leo’s and East Arkdale Cemeteries.
This Action Team project was aided by a grant from Thrivent Financial.
The Bohemian Hall stage curtain is now exhibited in the historical society’s Adams County Heritage Center. The painting showing a scene from near Prague, Czech Republic was painted by Richard Rose (in Czech: Ruzicka) probably in the late 1920s.The curtain hung for many years on the stage of the Bohemian Hall in Friendship.
K – A Girl’s Life in Friendship, 1905-’06:
At “Tea With Katherine” on Saturday, November 29th young Katherine McGowan (Erin Pease) showed guests around “her” house while author Sharon Hart Addy signed copies of K – A Girl’s Life In Friendship, 1905-’06 and guests enjoyed tea and cakes in the dining room and parlor.
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 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.
Our Heritage Book & Gift Shop (311 Main Street, Friendship) has it fresh from the printer in stock and selling fast.
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.
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 2016 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.