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Vernon County Museum (Normal School Museum)
Wednesday, January 1 through Friday, January 1, 2021
Vernon County Museum (Normal School Museum)  (Wisconsin Event)
410 S. Center Avenue, Viroqua, WI

The Vernon County Museum was originally built during 1918 and 1919 as a training school for teachers.  Before closing in 1971 due to changes in state licensing requirements, the teachers’ college or "County Normal School" as it was called, had graduated nearly 2,000 teachers.  In 1989, the building was purchased by the Vernon County Historical Society to be used as a museum.

 

Today, the Historical Society has become a resource for genealogy and local history research, along with featured exhibits showcasing:  Teaching classroom, archaeology, military history, general store, Astronaut Mark Lee, and local agriculture.

 

Museum hours:

  • January - March:               Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday:  12Noon to 4pm
  • April - May:                        Monday - Friday:  12Noon to 4pm
  • June - August:                   Monday - Friday:  12Noon to 4pm and Saturday:  10am to 2pm
  • September - October:       Monday - Friday:  12Noon to 4pm
  • November - December:    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday:  12Noon to 4pm  
  • Or by appointment; call:   (608) 637-7396
The museum is fully wheelchair-accessible from the first floor entryway, research area, conference room and restroom to all of the second and third floor exhibits.  Parking is available in the lot located at the corner of Main and South Streets; kindly use the spaces marked "museum".
 
Suggested donation:
  • Museum admission:  $3/adults and $1/students
  • Research access:  $5
To learn more, visit the museum website:  http://www.vernoncountyhistory.org/vcmuseum/vcmuseum.php


Wednesday, January 15 through Sunday, June 28
Something Old, Something New? Historical Bridal Dress Showcase  (Affiliate Event)
Old Courthouse Museum, 320 S. 5th Avenue, West Bend, WI
 
Explore 100 years of bridal fashion history with the Washington County Historical Society. Something Old, Something New? shows us just how much is borrowed from generations before us. Style elements have a tendency to recur in bridal fashion over and over again. Enjoy the gowns and see how these dresses are all the same! This temporary exhibit is the private collection of Hannah Schladweiler and includes some from Washington County! Free for members or with regular admission.


Monday, January 20
Burlington Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Burlington Public Library 166 E Jefferson St, Burlington, WI 53105
Names, Challenges, Patterns, Nicknames, Research Methods & Tips
 


Thursday, January 23
Something Old, Something New? A Look at Recurring Bridal Fashion  (Affiliate Event)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
The History Center of Washington County, 320 S. Fifth Avenue, West Bend, WI
 
Something Old, Something New? A Look at Recurring Bridal Fashion at The History Center. Hannah Schladweiler examines recurring bridal fashion trends throughout the last 100 years. Don’t miss this FREE event with the Washington County Historical Society!


Saturday, January 25
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Class - More Than Just Books : General Library Records  (Affiliate Event)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Milwaukee Public Central Library, Community Room 1, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
 
Class taught by Margaret Sandoval Skare.


Saturday, January 25
Collection of Collectors at The History Center  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
The History Center of Washington County, 320 S. Fifth Avenue, West Bend, WI
 
Discover what your neighbors collect during the Washington County Historical Society's 14th annual Collection of Collectors. As they share their interesting and unique passion, you’ll learn something new during this fun, informal, and FREE program. This event also includes FREE admission to the Old Courthouse Museum.


Saturday, January 25
Dane County Area Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
11:00 am
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (chapel), 4505 Regent St., Madison, Wisconsin
DNA Testing
by  Dana Kelly, DCAGS member
 
DNA testing has been a game changer for adoptees and others with unknown ancestry who are seeking information about their biological families. Dana Kelly will share some case studies where she has used genetic genealogy to identify the biological parents of those trying to answer non-parental event (NPE) questions.


Saturday, January 25
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Membership Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Milwaukee Public Central Library, Community Room 1, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI



Saturday, February 1
Green County Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am
Second floor meeting room of the Monroe Public Library 925 16th Ave, Monroe, WI 53566

 

Come to the February 1 meeting of the Green County Genealogical Society to experience “A Morning With FDR.” Ed O’Brien, a retired educator and historic re-enactor, will visit our meeting as Franklin D. Roosevelt. He will tell us about his early life, the events that led him to the White House, and the hard times that faced the American people during his terms as president. Elected during the Great Depression, FDR created a series of vast programs to address economic and employment concerns. He used press conferences and radio to take his messages to the people and restore confidence in the government. He again used his communication skills to rally the nation after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The only president elected to four terms, FDR was also the only president that almost a generation of Americans knew.

 



Vernon County Historical Society February 2020 Program
Tuesday, February 11
Vernon County Historical Society February 2020 Program  (Wisconsin Event)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Vernon County Museum (Normal School Museum), 410 S. Center Avenue, Viroqua, WI
 
Vernon County Historical Society's February Program at the MuseumRidge Stories - Herding Hews, Powdering Pigs, and Other Recollections from a Boyhood in the Driftless with author Gary Jones
 
Join author Gary Jones as he shares "straight talk from up on the farm."
 
Raised on a small dairy farm in the Driftless Area in the mid-twentieth century, Gary Jones gets real about his rural roots.  In this collection of interrelated stories, Jones writes with plainspoken warmth and irreverence about farm, family, and folks on the ridge.  Readers will meet Gramp Jones, whose oversized overalls saved him from losing a chunk of flesh to an irate sow; the young one-room-school teacher who helped the kids make sled jumps at recess; Charlotte, the lawn-mowing sheep who once ended up in the living room; Victor the pig-cutter, who learned his trade from folk tradition rather than vet school; and other colorful characters of the ridge. 
 
The program is free; refreshments will be served. 
 
For more information, call:  (608) 637-7396 or visit:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/VernonCountyHistoricalSociety/events/?ref=page_internal


Thursday, February 13
Vernon County Historical Society February's Genealogy Class  (Wisconsin Event)
10:00 am
Vernon County Museum (Normal School Museum), 410 S. Center Avenue, Viroqua, WI
 
Genealogy classes meet on the second Thursday of each month from February through November — there are no classes in January or December.  Classes start at 10am and feature a variety of topics to help you pursue your family history.

Genealogy classes are $5 for non-members; free for members.

 
To learn more, call:  (608) 637-7396 or visit:  http://www.vernoncountyhistory.org/calendar/calendar.php


Saturday, February 15
Heart O' Wisconsin Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
9:30 am
McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids
Family History Research Day. Would you like to know more about your ancestors? Come to our Research Day and find out more about your family.  Experienced volunteers will be there to give you assistance and answer your questions.  



Thursday, March 12
Vernon County Historical Society's March Genealogy Class  (Wisconsin Event)
10:00 am
Vernon County Museum (Normal School Museum), 410 S. Center Avenue, Viroqua, WI
 
Genealogy classes meet on the second Thursday of each month from February through November — there are no classes in January or December.  Classes start at 10am and feature a variety of topics to help you pursue your family history.

Genealogy classes are $5 for non-members; free for members.

 
To learn more, call:  (608) 637-7396 or visit:  http://www.vernoncountyhistory.org/calendar/calendar.php


Saturday, March 14
Waupaca Area Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
9:00 am
Holly History & Genealogy Center: 321 Main Street Waupaca, WI 54981
 

Linda Durrant---Old Photo Detective Work



Saturday, March 21
Heart O' Wisconsin Genealogical Society  (Affiliate Event)
9:30 am
McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids
“Ten Common Mistakes Genealogists Make”.  Don Schnitzler of Marshfield will present how to recognize and avoid common mistakes including how to analyze contradictions between family records.



Friday, April 3 through Saturday, April 4
2020 WSGS Gene-A-Rama  (WSGS Conference/Workshop)
Holiday Inn, 4601 Calumet Avenue, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
 
More information to come!


Thursday, April 9
Vernon County Historical Society's April Genealogy Class  (Wisconsin Event)
10:00 am
Vernon County Museum (Normal School Museum), 410 S. Center Avenue, Viroqua, WI
 
Genealogy classes meet on the second Thursday of each month from February through November — there are no classes in January or December.  Classes start at 10am and feature a variety of topics to help you pursue your family history.

Genealogy classes are $5 for non-members; free for members.

 
To learn more, call:  (608) 637-7396 or visit:  http://www.vernoncountyhistory.org/calendar/calendar.php



Thursday, May 14
Vernon County Historical Society's May Genealogy Class  (Wisconsin Event)
10:00 am
Vernon County Museum (Normal School Museum), 410 S. Center Avenue, Viroqua, WI
 
Genealogy classes meet on the second Thursday of each month from February through November — there are no classes in January or December.  Classes start at 10am and feature a variety of topics to help you pursue your family history.

Genealogy classes are $5 for non-members; free for members.

 
To learn more, call:  (608) 637-7396 or visit:  http://www.vernoncountyhistory.org/calendar/calendar.php



Thursday, June 11
Vernon County Historical Society's June Genealogy Class  (Wisconsin Event)
10:00 am
Vernon County Museum (Normal School Museum), 410 S. Center Avenue, Viroqua, WI
 
Genealogy classes meet on the second Thursday of each month from February through November — there are no classes in January or December.  Classes start at 10am and feature a variety of topics to help you pursue your family history.

Genealogy classes are $5 for non-members; free for members.

 
To learn more, call:  (608) 637-7396 or visit:  http://www.vernoncountyhistory.org/calendar/calendar.php



Thursday, July 9
Vernon County Historical Society's July Genealogy Class  (Wisconsin Event)
10:00 am
Vernon County Museum (Normal School Museum), 410 S. Center Avenue, Viroqua, WI
 
Genealogy classes meet on the second Thursday of each month from February through November — there are no classes in January or December.  Classes start at 10am and feature a variety of topics to help you pursue your family history.

Genealogy classes are $5 for non-members; free for members.

 
To learn more, call:  (608) 637-7396 or visit:  http://www.vernoncountyhistory.org/calendar/calendar.php


Friday, July 31 through Saturday, August 1
Celtic Connections 2020  (National Conference/Institute)
Westin Chicago North Shore, 601 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, IL 60090

The Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI) and The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA) are co-sponsoring a genealogy conference, Celtic Connections 2020, which will take place July 31-August 1, 2020, at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, IL.  (www.celtic-connections.org).  The conference will include two full days of lectures covering aspects of Celtic genealogy, history, and music. International and national genealogists will present sessions on using resources in the United States and abroad. Watch their website for more information as planning continues.




Thursday, August 13
Vernon County Historical Society's August Genealogy Class  (Wisconsin Event)
10:00 am
Vernon County Museum (Normal School Museum), 410 S. Center Avenue, Viroqua, WI
 
Genealogy classes meet on the second Thursday of each month from February through November — there are no classes in January or December.  Classes start at 10am and feature a variety of topics to help you pursue your family history.

Genealogy classes are $5 for non-members; free for members.

 
To learn more, call:  (608) 637-7396 or visit:  http://www.vernoncountyhistory.org/calendar/calendar.php


Mayflower Celebration Cruise – Journey of Genealogy in Association With Ancestry
Friday, August 14 through Friday, August 21
Mayflower Celebration Cruise – Journey of Genealogy in Association With Ancestry  (Affiliate Event)
Cruise from Southampton, England to New York City
 
In celebration of the 400-year anniversary of the Mayflower voyage to the New World, join Wisconsin Mayflower State Society Governor Dr. Bill Hopkins and his wife Mary for a seven-day cruise from Southampton, England to New York City aboard the Queen Mary II.  The cruise is sponsored by AncestryProGenealogists and will feature several genealogy lectures including DNA research.  Prior to sailing, there will be a gathering in Upper Clatford, Hampshire, England, the birthplace of Stephen Hopkins, a signatory of the Mayflower Compact.
 
For additional information, please contact Dr. Hopkins: doch609@aol.com; phone/text message: 715-703-3271 or by USPS: Dr. Bill Hopkins, 900 W. Chippewa St., Cadott, WI 54727.



Thursday, September 10
Vernon County Historical Society's September Genealogy Class  (Wisconsin Event)
10:00 am
Vernon County Museum (Normal School Museum), 410 S. Center Avenue, Viroqua, WI
 
Genealogy classes meet on the second Thursday of each month from February through November — there are no classes in January or December.  Classes start at 10am and feature a variety of topics to help you pursue your family history.

Genealogy classes are $5 for non-members; free for members.

 
To learn more, call:  (608) 637-7396 or visit:  http://www.vernoncountyhistory.org/calendar/calendar.php



Thursday, October 8
Vernon County Historical Society's October Genealogy Class  (Wisconsin Event)
10:00 am
Vernon County Museum (Normal School Museum), 410 S. Center Avenue, Viroqua, WI
 
Genealogy classes meet on the second Thursday of each month from February through November — there are no classes in January or December.  Classes start at 10am and feature a variety of topics to help you pursue your family history.

Genealogy classes are $5 for non-members; free for members.

 
To learn more, call:  (608) 637-7396 or visit:  http://www.vernoncountyhistory.org/calendar/calendar.php



Thursday, November 12
Vernon County Historical Society's November Genealogy Class  (Wisconsin Event)
10:00 am
Vernon County Museum (Normal School Museum), 410 S. Center Avenue, Viroqua, WI
 
Genealogy classes meet on the second Thursday of each month from February through November — there are no classes in January or December.  Classes start at 10am and feature a variety of topics to help you pursue your family history.

Genealogy classes are $5 for non-members; free for members.

 
To learn more, call:  (608) 637-7396 or visit:  http://www.vernoncountyhistory.org/calendar/calendar.php