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2021 Taproom History


August 12, 2021
Chris & Sue’s, W3820 County Rd C, Plymouth


Taproom History- Coming of Age, Wisconsin and the Civil War

Kerry Trask, a UW-Manitowoc emeritus professor of history, will speak on “Coming of Age: Lincoln, the Civil War and the Transformation of Wisconsin and the Midwest” for the final Taproom History program for 2021.

The Civil War did more than just end slavery, historian Terry Trask said. “It’s a war of almost national liberation,” Trask said. “It’s a war of independence for Wisconsin and the Midwest.” Almost 49 percent of military age men in Wisconsin served in the Civil War, he said. “They would be there slugging it out, dying by the thousands,” Trask said. “It was this whole colonial thing. A sense of inferiority. All a sudden, they’re having their faces rubbed into it,” he said. Trask said constant comparisons to the more sophisticated east gave Midwesterners an inferiority complex. The election of Illinois born Abraham Lincoln to President started to change attitudes.

“Lincoln’s perceived shortcomings in the war became his strengths,” he said. This eventually transferred to Midwesterners feeling a little less inferior, although still humble. “All those things we used to apologize for we now point to as virtues,” Trask said. “We stopped being a colonial projection of the east and became our own selves.”

Trask, a native of Ontario, Canada, has written several books on Midwest history including “The Fire Within: A Civil War Narrative from Wisconsin” and “Black Hawk: The Battle for the Heart of America.” He finds local history to offer a wealth of material for discussion


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Tombstone Tuesday

Riley Cemetery Article

An almost forgotten family cemetery plot in the town of Greenbush.

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This Week’s Sheboygan Sun blog –
What’s in a Name? The 99 Hall 



This week’s landmark property – Erie Oil
Built in the Art Deco style, designed by Edgar Stubenrauch, architect, the two sites were more like works of art than gas stations.

Erie Oil Company began back in 1924 as a two-pump gas station at 14th and Erie in Sheboygan. H.J. Blocki, M.N. Filz and A.W. Schultz founded the firm. According to a 1953 press clipping the company marketed its own line of gasoline and provided tires and other automotive services.
The company, which was known for the Art Deco styling of its facilities, later expanded to other locations. A station at 8th and Kentucky and a station, along with a parking lot at 9th and Niagara. The parking lot was one of the first automobile parking lots in the city. By the late 1930s the 9th and Niagara location appears to have been shuttered. The Erie Oil Company itself later faded into the pages of Sheboygan history.

It was thought this style in Sheboygan was almost too decorative for its purpose. The distinctive décor of the Erie Oil Company was always an attraction. At night, a prominent feature of the station, was its name written in neon lights.

The photos were taken about 1939.
Art Deco, also called style moderne, was a movement in the decorative arts and architecture and originated in the 1920s. The distinguishing features of the style are simple, clean shapes, often with a “streamlined” look; ornament that is geometric or stylized from representational forms; and unusually varied, often expensive materials, which frequently include man-made substances (plastics, especially Bakelite; vita-glass; and ferroconcrete) in addition to natural ones (jade, silver, ivory, obsidian, chrome, and rock crystal).



Closed for Archiving

SCHRC is closed Monday, August 16, 2021 through Friday, August 27, 2021 for archiving. Staff spends two weeks processing donations getting them ready for use by the public.  The Research Center is closed to visitors, researchers, phone calls, etc. Open again on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.


On the Road with Lincoln
Spring Travel Resource


This summer will be exciting. And everyone wants to out traveling. But, some may hesitate. Well, here’s a fantastic way to see Wisconsin, learn some great history and travel, travel, travel.

Lincoln Among the Badgers is as much a travel guide as it is a history book. Filled with day trips, great photos, historical trivia, exciting stories, and much more. This your key to seeing Wisconsin in a whole new way.

Grab your book. Jump into your car and head for one of the 31 sites associated in some way with Abraham or Mary Todd Lincoln. Bring a lunch or stop at a drive-in. Enjoy the sunshine and freedom.

But, you will need your own copy of LINCOLN AMONG THE BADGERS.

To get your copy, CLICK HERE

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The Sheboygan County Historical Research Center is a hidden gem saving resources that would have otherwise been lost. A collaborative effort lasting nearly thirty years, the Research Center works with everyone to collect and share information.

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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Historical Society of Michigan

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The collection is comprised of things like scrapbooks, research books on genealogical topics and history, school yearbooks, State of Wisconsin blue books, church histories and anniversary books, tax records, diaries and biographies, local history books written by local authors about many of Sheboygan County’s villages, Garton Toy catalogs, Phoenix Chair and other furniture company catalogs and Sheboygan Press newspapers.

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