Historical Society schedules Saturday lecture series

The Sheboygan County Historical Research Center has announced its schedule for the 2016-2017 season of the Second Saturdays-Journeys into Local History speakers’ series.

All presentations, except October, will take place at the Plymouth Arts Center, 520 E. Mill St. Plymouth, with the presentations beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The program on Saturday, Sept. 10 features Chad Lewis-Wisconsin's Gangster Past-Turning the Badger State into a Crime State.

This was a time when Chicago bootleggers and bank robbers were looking to lay low during Prohibition. They headed north to the natural seclusion of Wisconsin’s small towns and back-country.

Lewis will visit these so-called gangster hot spots. He will also discuss the rise of gangsters created by the failures of Prohibition and their downfall with the creation of the FBI and the passage of the 21st amendment.

The program on Oct. 8 features Michael Edmonds- Risking Everything, the Freedom Summer of 1964, which will be held at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum, located at 3110 Erie Ave. in Sheboygan.

Other upcoming Second Saturdays programs include: Jerry Apps-Farm Memories from Yesterday (Nov. 12), John Eastberg-Pabst Farms and the architectural firm of Ferry and Clas (Dec. 10), Rochelle Pennington The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (Jan. 14, 2017), Matthew Prigge–Milwaukee Mayhem-Murder and Mystery in the Cream City’s First Century (Feb. 11), Wendy Lutzke–The USS Cobia and Much More (March 11), Michael Jacobs-America Declares War on Germany, 1917 (April 8) and John Jenkins–Prohibition in Wisconsin’s Holyland (May 13).

All presentations are open to the public. No reservations are necessary. Conversation is encouraged. Fun is expected.

For more information, contact the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center at 920-467-4667.

This series is made possible by funding from the John and Hilda Holden Memorial Fund and Wisconsin Humanities Council.

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