Fun Fond du Lac History

School’s out for the summer and we’re taking a brief recess! Fun Fond du Lac History online lessons will resume in Fall 2020 with a new line-up of local history classes.

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Spring Semester 2020

Historic Homes in Fond du Lac. Join realtor and historic home enthusiast Teresa Keenan for a presentation on a several Fond du Lac historic homes and their corresponding human stories; explore Fond du Lac’s residential historic districts; learn the differences between Fond du Lac County Historical Society and the City of Fond du Lac’s Historic Preservation Commission. Originally aired Thursday, May 28, 2020. View Recording.


Memorial Day Special: Fond du Lac and the Civil War. Civil War reenactor Terry Lemke recounts the beginning of the Civil War in regards to Fond du Lac’s and Wisconsin’s participation, the formation of the company that would later become Company E of the 6th Wisconsin, their first leaders Edward Bragg and Edwin Brown and their and the company’s and regiment in the battle of Antietam and a little bit of the aftermath and Bragg’s career. Originally aired Thursday, May 21, 2020. View Recording


Historic Housewives of Fond du Lac. In celebration of May’s Historic Preservation Month, join Fond du Lac County Historical Society Curator Lisa Pauly Lefeber on a virtual historic homes walking tour! Based on the popular “Housewives of …” television shows, the Historic Housewives of Fond du Lac looks at the spouses behind some of the founders and influencers in the city of Fond du Lac.  This selection of houses from the Division and Sheboygan Street Historic Districts is from the City of Fond du Lac Historic Preservation designations.  Originally aired Thursday, May 14, 2020. View Recording


How Did Pier School Get Its Name? Pier Family’s Impact on Fond du Lac.   Discover fascinating facts about the Piers, Fond du Lac’s founding family. The story starts with the Pier brothers’ February 1836 land survey expedition and spans Fond du Lac’s early years with thrilling adventures, tragedies and pioneering triumphs. Presented by Dr. Kim Everson, Fond du Lac County Historical Society Board Member. Originally aired Thursday, May 7, 2020.  View Recording


Fond du Lac History Through the Photographs of Ray Thornton.  Find out how Ray Thornton used his photography to share local history! Presented by Vanessa VanderWeele, Fond du Lac County Historical Society. Originally aired Thursday, April 30, 2020. View Recording


For the Love of Sturgeon.  Take a dip into the waters of Lake Winnebago and learn about relationship between the sturgeon and the people of Fond du Lac County! Hosted by Vanessa VanderWeele, Fond du Lac County Historical Society. Originally aired Friday, April 24, 2020. View Recording


Art History of Fond du Lac County. Vanessa VanderWeele, Fond du Lac County Historical Society, reports on the history of four local artists who are internationally known. Originally aired April 17, 2020.  View Recording


Quilting and Storytelling. Vanessa VanderWeele, Fond du Lac County Historical Society, reports on the history of quilting and how quilting is used in many cultures as a storytelling medium. Originally aired April 10, 2020. View Recording


My Pandemic Story: Recording Local Experiences of Global Events.  Vanessa VanderWeele, Fond du Lac County Historical Society, explores the differences between 1st, 2nd and 3rd person narratives, examples from the Fond du Lac County Historical Society collections, and projects you can do at home! Originally aired April 3, 2020. View Recording