The Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society presents a lecture on “German Americans in the World War I Era” by Antje Petty on Monday, November 5 at 6:00 pm in the lower level meeting room of the Oshkosh Public Library. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Drawing on the rich resources of the Max Kade Institute Library and Archives at UW-Madison, this presentation showcases German-language newspapers, magazines, books, and other materials that were printed in the United States in the World War I era. Get a glimpse of how German-Americans saw world events and their own position in American society in the years before, during, and after America and Germany fought against each other in the Great War.
Join us for the 2018 Annual Membership Meeting of the Winnebago County Historical & Archaeological Society to be held at the historic Morgan House on Sunday, October 14, 2018, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Our annual meeting gives our members and visitors the opportunity to learn what the historical society has done this past year to promote and preserve local history, hear the financial standing of the organization and learn what the society has planned for 2019. We will also present the Clarence J. Jungwirth Award to this year’s recipient who has made a significant effort to preserve Winnebago County history.
Members who attend will vote for the 2019 officers of the WCHAS and vote on proposed changes to the organization's bylaws.
We hope that you can join us for the afternoon! We invite those who are not members of the society to come and see what we do and how you can get involved.
Come and enjoy an evening tour of the Winnebago County Historical & Archaeological Society's historic Morgan House. Marvel at the craftsmanship and historic interior design of this Queen Anne style home built during the booming sawmill era in Oshkosh.
Tours are free and are being held in conjunction with Oshkosh Gallery Walk.
Our August 27 boat trip was rescheduled due to severe weather. The new cruising date is set for Monday, September 24. The boat leaves at 6:00 pm for a two-hour historic tour of the Fox River, courtesy of On the Loos Cruises, LLCs. Learn about the history of the Fox River from its early inhabitants to the booming lumber industry that sprang up in Oshkosh. The cost is $35 per seat, and all proceeds go to the Winnebago County Historical & Archaeological Society. Drinks will be available at the cash bar aboard the vessel.
Some reservations may have been canceled due to the August 27 date being rescheduled. You can call Jessica at Loos River Cruises at 920-479-0270 to see if there are any seats available on our new cruise date.
Rochelle Pennington tells the thrilling account of the events which took place on Sir Ernest Shackleton's expedition. Shackelton and his crew of twenty-eight sailors and scientists on board a ship set sail in 1914, southward bound, to conquer one of the few remaining explorative feats which had not yet been accomplished by others before them: a complete on-foot crossing of the Antarctic continent. But before reaching land, their ship became trapped in the rapidly forming ice 100 miles off the coast. The crew, stranded 11,000 miles from home, waited for the spring thaw through nine long months of blizzards, gales, and temperatures nearing 100 degrees below zero. The men then watched in horror as their ship succumbed to the pressure of the frozen ocean, breaking to rubble and sinking before the waters around it had a chance to melt. Their only hope for survival was to attempt an escape across the most treacherous waters on the face of the globe in three salvaged lifeboats.