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Maine Researcher Located Great-Grandfather

Annette, a researcher from Maine, found many references to her family in 19th century documents at the Center. One of these included her great-grandfather’s obituary from 1899, which stated that he was buried, not in a cemetery, but on his own farm. Using old plat maps, Annette located the property just south of Sheboygan Falls. She made an impromptu visit to the property on her way to the airport. Fortunately, the owners were home and they actually knew of the burial. They took her to the gravesite, hidden for more than 100 years, behind the barn he had worked so hard to build.  



History on the Move programs are open to the public. No reservations necessary.  Conversation is encouraged. Fun is expected! For further details, please contact the library directly. 

Sheboygan County Vice
Thursday, May 11, 2017
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Lakeview Community Library
112 Butler Street, Random Lake, Wisconsin

During the 1920s and 1930s Sheboygan County was filled with activities that bordered on the criminal. In fact, many were downright illegal. From the violation of Prohibition laws and the making of moonshine to the booming brothel business in Sheboygan and Plymouth, we'll take a tour through two exciting decades in our local history.

Dutch Settlement in the Midwest

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
6:00pm to 7:30pm
​Cedar Grove Memorial Library
131 Van Altena Avenue, Cedar Grove, Wisconsin

Three major immigration waves have brought Dutch-speaking people from the Netherlands to North America. During the first third of the seventeenth century, the Dutch West Indies Company sponsored exploring and colonizing voyages to the New World. The second wave, subsequently known as the “Great Migration,” began during the 1840’s, triggered by religious tensions in the homeland. The final wave of Dutch immigration followed the end of World War II, encouraged by the government of the Netherlands in order to help relieve pressing economic problems in the homeland. We'll talk about the two later waves that brought large number of Dutch settlers to the Midwest.

Tales from the Rails
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Oostburg Public Library
213 North 8th Street, Oostburg, Wisconsin

Railroad stories meant to amuse and discuss the way the railroad affected daily life in Sheboygan County. Not your usual railroad program. 

The Sausage that Made Sheboygan Famous
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Oostburg Public Library
213 North 8th Street, Oostburg, Wisconsin

The bratwurst wasn't always Sheboygan's first sausage; that was summer sausage. But, the brat has come into its own and made Sheboygan famous because of it. We'll visit meat markets, talk about the tradition of great brats and learn a bit about summer sausage.

Random Sheboygan County History
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
​1:00pm to 2:30pm
Oostburg Public Library
213 North 8th Street, Oostburg, Wisconsin

Fun stuff for the inquiring mind - It's odd and interesting history. What is the real story of the Dead Horse? Who was the Black Terror of Sheboygan? Have you ever read an obituary for an outhouse? Learn the meaning of the term, Yeggman. Find out why Cupid was baffled. And read the full story behind the murder of revered, early teacher, John Sexton. Great reading for quiet time, you’ll enjoy every story and photo included in this random collection of historical gems.