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Third Saturday to focus on communities in lower half of county

Gooseville Mill Gooseville Mill “Towns and Villages of Southern Sheboygan County” will be the Feb. 21 Third Saturday program at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum, 3110 Erie Ave., Sheboygan.

Have you ever wondered why a community developed where it did? Or how a community got its name? Have you ever wondered about a small town or village producing a famous person? Or why a community disappeared? These are questions often answered by people who live there.

We often think about small towns and villages as not having much to offer. That simply is not true. The wealth of small towns and villages comes from the families that have called these places home for generations. It is not necessary for communities to have all the amenities of larger cities, but it is necessary to have people who care about where it is they come from and the people they share it with.

Southern Sheboygan County is home to several small towns and villages. Each has their pride of community and love of fellow citizens. We will be joined by residents of many of these communities who will share their knowledge and personal history of the places they call home.

Cascade, 1927 Cascade, 1927 Joining us on Saturday will be Bob and Carol Navis representing Adell, Mark Le Fever and Bill and Terry Yoho are sharing memories on Batavia, Joyce Gerlach sharing her thoughts about Beechwood, Kathy Thompson representing Cascade and Rich Dykstra sharing his knowledge of Cedar Grove. We will also have Jane Herzog with us to talk about the Cedar Grove Historical Society and all the great things their organization is doing.

Joining us to share information about Dacada will be Mary Ann Bichler. With her, we will also have Ione Dulmes and La Verne Voesch sharing their thoughts on Gibbsville, Jim and Mardell Schulz and Willis Stolper representing Gooseville and John Swart will be in attendance to share stories about the village of Hingham. The village of Oostburg will be represented by Jackie Swart and the Oostburg Historical Society, represented by Dale Roerdink, will be on hand to share information about their organization.

Lake scene, Beechwood Lake scene, Beechwood The crossroad community of Parnell will be represented by Beth Dippel, director of the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center. Darla Jean Kraus, Mike Scholler and Butch Nowak will be here sharing their knowledge of Random Lake. Representing the Random Lake Historical Society will be Jean Sepstead and Margaret Schneider. Sherman Center will be represented by Ron Vorpahl as well as Jim and Mardell Schulz. Delmar and Nancy Schroeter will share their knowledge of Silver Creek and Ben Dekker and Grave O’Reilly will be on hand to share their memories of Waldo. There will also be information on the communities that no longer exist including Amsterdam, Idlewood Beach, Ourtown and Winooski.

Hingham Dam and millpond, 1910 Hingham Dam and millpond, 1910 Whether you are from one of these communities or someone who was not aware of some of them, we hope to see you at the museum to learn about the history of these county communities.

Third Saturdays start at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Guests are welcome any time throughout the day. Lunch is available.

The admission is $6 for adults with reduced pricing for seniors, children and active military. Members and their guests are free.

The event is sponsored in part by H. C. Denison, Kohler Foundation Inc, Sargento Foods Inc, Windsor Family Foundation, Sheboygan Press and Great Lakes Blue Printers. Third Saturday programs run through October.

Parnell, looking west Parnell, looking west

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