Newsletter of the Stahl-Conrad Homestead
9724 W. Forest Home Ave., Hales Corners, WI 53130 September 2006
Noted archaeologist will present annual meeting program National Trust awards grant
Robert Birmingham, former Wisconsin State Archaeologist at the The Homestead has received a grant
State Historical Society of Wisconsin, will address members and of $5,000 from the Jeffris Family
friends of the Homestead at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 27, Endowed Preservation Services Fund,
at 9724 W. Forest Home Ave. Titled “Fort Blue Mounds and the which is administered by the National
Black Hawk War,” the presentation is free and open to the public. Trust for Historic Preservation. The
grant, which must be matched by local
The year 2007 marks the 175th anniversary of the Black Hawk War
funds, will support a feasibility study
of 1832. Birmingham will describe the tragic conflict from the
for a capital campaign. The study will
perspective of a frontier lead mining town, Blue Mounds, where
analyze our fundraising environment,
the townspeople built a fort to defend against attack. He will also
identify prospective donors, and train
describe the role the fort played in the war and the fascinating and
board members in fundraising
informative results of archaeological excavations at the fort site.
Birmingham is the co-author of the award-winning books, Indian
Mounds of Wisconsin and Aztalan: An Ancient Indian Town. __________
Among his many research projects, he directed archaeological Between Fences gains momentum
excavations at Fort Blue Mounds. He currently teaches at UW- Our work has already begun. Delene
Waukesha and writes from his home in Madison. and Bette met recently with represent-
Birmingham’s appearance is sponsored by the Wisconsin atives of the Wisconsin Humanities
Humanities Council with funding from the National Endowment Council to learn more about both the
for the Humanities, the State of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin opportunities and responsibilities that
organizations and individuals. go with our hosting the Smithsonian
__________ exhibition, Between Fences.
Annual meeting will elect board members We are pleased that Whitnall Middle
School staff are already planning a
The Homestead’s nominating committee has submitted the
variety of ways to integrate Between
following names for election to three-year terms as directors: Jim
Fences into the curriculum.
Bruening, Delene Hanson, Ruth Johnston, Kathy Kilps, and Dave
Zepecki. Nancy Kochis is retiring from the board but will continue More good news is the desire of the
her volunteer service as webmaster. Randee Knapp and John Franklin Cultural Center to host an
Stewart Laidlaw will continue to host our website. event at the Homestead. This non-
__________ profit organization promotes appreci-
ation of the arts in Franklin.
Farmers’ Markets will bring special events
One of our challenges is to find a
Four markets remain for this season, and each offers something
place to store the crates in which the
special. John Munger’s “Little German Band” will perform at 9:30
exhibition will be transported. If you
a.m. on September 2. The Hawthorn Garden Club’s weed sale is
have about 100 square feet of space
scheduled for September 16, and Steve Curran will play his
bagpipes at 10:30 a.m. That is also the day Marilyn Jacobsen of that is cool, dry, and clean, please let
us hear from you. We would need to
Curly Fleece Sheep Farm will return with hand-made woolen
use the space for the six weeks the
items. September 30 will find the Milwaukee Scottish Dancers
exhibition is at the Homestead
performing at 10:30 a.m. Scarecrow making will be available on
(November 3 to December 15, 2007).
October 14, provided a volunteer coordinator can be found.
Two historical societies collaborate to save history New Members
(as of August 25)
Volunteers from the Hales Corners Historical Society and the
Stahl-Conrad Homestead worked together this August to salvage Linda Quesnell
memorabilia from the Mary Schmidt home, 10900 W. Janesville Our membership now totals 125.
Road, which will soon be torn down. This home, built in 1906, __________
was described by historical building consultant, Carol Lohry
Goodbye to a charter member
Cartwright, as a Queen Anne and shingle-style house with
clapboard siding, shingled gables, and bracketed eaves. The Homestead lost a friend and
charter member when Ethel Keller
With permission from the new owner, Jerome Holz, volunteers passed away on June 22 at age 88.
entered the home, made numerous photographs, and removed a Despite failing health, Ethel had
variety of artifacts. Of greatest interest to historians are the faceted supported our events.
windows that once ornamented the foyer and the room that __________
probably was the original parlor. Diamond-shaped panes in the
windows of the third floor dormers were also rescued. Thanks to Homestead has new board member
Dave and Kathy O’Brien, Sherman Stock, Bette Arey, Delene Linda Quesnell has been elected to
Hanson, Tom Ueberroth, Chris Lese, and Ryan Boerst for many serve the unexpired term of Marjorie
hours of labor. Stahl, who resigned due to the press of
Ryan, who is a student in the UWM School of Architecture and an other responsibilities.
intern at Hale Park Designs, also took measurements and will _______
produce detailed drawings of the home. New display in the works
While all this interior work was in progress, Delene conducted a Ryan Boerst and Matt Fochs (staff
plant rescue, salvaging irises, hydrangeas, sedums, dianthus, members at Hale Park Designs), Chris
hostas, columbines, lilies, and mums. Lese, and Ruth Johnston are preparing
Thanks to Holz Motors and Doug Nalbert for their cooperation. a display that will show the evolution
__________ of the Homestead farmhouse. The
building began as a small, one-room
October Program Will Feature Crime and Mystery Fiction frame structure and, over many years
Gary Niebuhr, director of Greendale’s public library, will address and several additions, eventually
the Hales Corners Historical Society on Wednesday, October 4, at reached its current layout.
7:00 p.m., in the Ben Hunt Room of the Hales Corners Library. The display will feature drawings that
The free program will discuss the history of crime and mystery show the various footprints of the
fiction from Edgar Allan Poe to Sue Grafton. building through the years and text
__________ that tells the Hales Corners story.
New date for Civil War Dancing at the Homestead Written descriptions of the additions,
as well as the approximate date of
Dance instruction has moved from the fourth to the third Thursday
each, will be included in the display.
of the month. For information, call Patricia at 427-3776.
Historical photographs will also be
used to show the changing facades.
The mission of the Stahl-Conrad Homestead is to create a museum focused on
transitions in the land in Hales Corners and its environs from presettlement into __________
the future and to preserve the Stahl-Conrad Homestead as a remnant of a bygone
lifestyle. Exhibit consultation date set
The long-awaited weekend of consul-
The Homestead’s vision: The land is restored and the buildings are renovated to
tation with Debbie Kmetz is coming
accommodate changing exhibits and public events.
up November 3-5. The Homestead
The Homestead is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization. Your donations and in- board and representatives from other
kind gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law. historical societies in Milwaukee
County will learn how to plan and
Officers and directors are president, Chris Lese; vice president, Delene Hanson;
prepare community history displays.
secretary, Sybil Grandeck; treasurer, Michael Jedrzejewski; directors: Bette
Arey, Dara Chappie-Stockinger, Jay Galaska, Ruth Johnston, Nancy Kochis, Debbie’s visit is funded by a Wiscon-
Linda Quesnell, and Pat Warchol. sin Council for Local History grant.