The Saukville Historical Society/Crossroads Rendezvous & Riveredge Nature Center/Community Rivers Program invites the community to RIVER HISTORY DAY on Saturday, October 16th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for a celebration of the Milwaukee River, past and present, and how it has impacted the community of Saukville. The event will feature fun for the whole family, including:
River Songs by local folk musician, David HB Drake at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Mountain Man’s Music with original Crossroads Rendezvous Founder, Randy Miller
Native American stories and crafts with Wisconsin author Karen Hartman
Target casting with the Community Rivers Program
Visit the Society’s 1937 Fire Engine & 1912 Pumper
Dan Helm of the Saukville DPW on Storm Drains and the Milwaukee River
Shoreline Cleanup and Learning Demonstrations with Riveredge Nature Center
100 Years on the Milwaukee River Photo Slideshow
Submit your ideas for the Saukville Historical Society’s Outdoor Mural
Fry Bread by the Saukville Historical Society
Buffalo Burgers & Hot Dogs by the Saukville Moose Lodge
We hope you will join us at the Crossroads Museum, located at 200 N. Mill Street in Saukville, and learn more about the Milwaukee River and what the Saukville Historical Society and Riveredge Nature Center are doing to preserve and protect it for generations to come.
Street parking is available or park at Saukville Elementary School, located across the street and north of the Crossroads Museum.
For more information, please contact Mary Boyle at info@CrossroadsRendezvous.org
The Saukville Area Historical Society will host the Ozaukee County Historical Society Co-op Meeting on Saturday, January 25th at the Crossroads Museum, located at 200 N. Mill St. in Saukville. The public is invited to hear the special guest speaker, Jean Steinke, President of the OCHS, talk about “Downsizing Your Treasures” at noon, followed by the opportunity to sample recipes made from the “Tried and True Recipes” cookbook, which was published by the Port Washington Herald in the 1930’s. The SAHS will also announce the winner of the Quilt Raffle. Visitors will have one more opportunity to enter the raffle for the quilt, which was made by SAHS members as a fundraiser for the 15th Annual Crossroads Rendezvous and was recently returned to the SAHS to raffle off again, right up until the drawing. SAHS Members are welcome to arrive at 11 a.m. to participate in the Ozaukee County Historical Society Co-op Meeting.
Be sure to join the Saukville Area Historical Society for their 16th Annual Holiday Bake Sale & Gift Bazaar on Saturday, November 23rd from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event is the place to purchase homemade baked goods for the holidays, as well as all of your gift-wrapping needs and other holiday items!
Society members may drop off baked goods on Friday, November 22nd from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Volunteers to help at the event are always appreciated.
New this year: Visit the Crossroads Museum again on Saturday, December 7th from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., during the Saukville Legion’s annual Christmas at the Legion, when the Holiday Shop will reopen for a second time! Sorry, but there will be no bakery during this event.
The Crossroads Museum has historical, story-telling items that have been donated throughout the years to preserve our history, and it is time to have these items cleaned, organized and archived for preservation. We are requesting your help Thursday mornings during the month of June from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Many hands make work light! We hope you will consider coming to the Crossroads Museum to help out.
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Best Practices for Board Service: Historic House Museums – Part II Wednesday, April 24, 2019 1:30 – 3:00 pm CT Presented by Donna Ann Harris, Heritage Consulting Inc. In Part 2 of our webinar series on Best Practices for Board Service at Historic Sites, we will discuss what historic site board members do collectively and as individuals to support the organization with their “time, talent and treasure.” During this webinar, we will talk about all volunteer historic sites, as well as those with staff, to differentiate what the board versus the staff does in both types of organizations. We will highlight the leadership qualities needed in an excellent Board President (whether you have staff or not), and how the Nominating and Executive Committees can shape the future of the organization. Finally, we’ll discuss the core documents that all house museums need in order to be effective stewards of their collections and historic property. View a recording of Best Practices for Board Service RegisterHERE for this Webinar
Cleaning Gravestones Wednesday, May 8, 2019 1:30 pm CT Presented by Jason Church, Materials Conservator, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (National Park Service)
Cleaning cemetery grave markers is many times the first project that is undertaken in cemetery preservation. It is one of the most dramatic and satisfying tasks for older cemeteries. As a conservator who specializes in cemetery preservation, I constantly get questions about cleaning. This webinar will address the most common questions and give tips and techniques to clean a variety of materials, including different stone types and metals. The webinar will also cover how to identify different types of soiling and how to address each, including what you can do and when to call a conservators. Register for this Webinar
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The Ozaukee County Historical Society has their annual WWII event at Pioneer Village the same weekend as the SAHS Crossroads Rendezvous but, rather than looking at this as a conflict, organizers have collaborated in order to get history enthusiasts to visit both events.
This year, programs at both events will feature a coupon for $1.00 off the other event, along with joint promotion on each organization’s website and social media pages.
This offer will only be good for the Saturday and Sunday for this year; however, should this initial offer be successful, organizers hope to collaborate on the School Day for both events in 2019.
After a successful inaugural event in 2018, the Crossroads Rendezvous Historical Reenactment will return the third weekend in May to Peninsula Park. Last year’s event raised over $2,600.00 for the Society, and Co-Organizers and SAHS members, Mary Boyle and Sara Dahmen, expect a larger event this year.
The theme of the event continues to be the Fur Trade in Wisconsin from 1750-1840, which the Crossroads played a very important part in. Participants are expected to double from last year, and over 500 school children are already registered for the School Day on Friday.
Last year, Society members managed the gate for the event, as well as selling fry bread and merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, and the book Memories From A Rural Ethnic Community at “the crossroads” – The Saukville, Wisconsin Area, by John Boatman), and we will be doing it again this year. Volunteers are still needed to help run the gate. If you are interested, please contact Mary at info@CrossroadsRendezvous.org.
While History is our passion, it’s important to keep our Society communication in the present! Society member and Crossroads Rendezvous Co-Organizer, Mary Boyle, has agreed to help us with our website and social media upgrades. Stay tuned for some website updates and, if you are a Facebook user, head over to the brand new SAHS Facebook Page! SAHS currently has a Facebook Group, which will not be going anywhere, but a Page works better for promoting the Society and its events, while a Group is better for discussions or the sharing of photos and memories among members. Be sure to “Like” the Page and share with other members of both the SAHS and the community!