Sunday, October 10, 2010

Old World Wisconsin

It’s harvest time on the farm. Time to bring in the crops. It is so today as it has been since pioneer days.

I spoke at Old World Wisconsin this past weekend, during the midst of their “Autumn on the Farms” celebration. Old World Wisconsin, a Wisconsin Historical Society site, is located near Eagle, not far from Milwaukee. It is a Wisconsin treasure; a place where visitors can see what farm life was like in the 1800s, when Wisconsin agriculture was in its infancy. It’s also a place to learn about Wisconsin’s ethnic roots. Visitors can see German, Norwegian, Polish, Yankee, African-American, Finnish and Danish farmsteads, plus visit a blacksmith shop, an old fashioned country store, church, a one-room country school, an early town hall and much more.

At Old World Wisconsin this past weekend, visitors could see everything from oxen at work, to draft horses plowing. They could witness sausage making, weaving demonstrations, rope making, timber framing, candle dipping, horseradish grating, and more.

Oh, they could also hear me talk about my new books, HORSE DRAWN DAYS and BARNS OF WISCONSIN.

THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Some advice he recently heard. “Write down all of your experiences, even when you don’t have any.”

Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose, Sunday October 24, 1:00 p.m.
Learn all about cranberry growing, county agent work, and what happens when research goes amuck. UW Press is the publisher of this, my fourth novel, in the Ames County series.


October 15, Local History Conference. Lake Geneva, WI

October 16, 12:00 noon, Muskego Library, Muskego. Horse Drawn Days

October 19, 6:30 p.m. Rhinelander Public Library, Horse Drawn Days

October 23, 6:00 p.m. Oregon Public Library. Living a Country Year.

October 24, 1:00 p.m. Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose. Cranberry Red

October 28, 7:00 p.m. Oconto Falls Library.

November 3, 3:15 p.m. Wisconsin Library Association, Wisconsin Dells, Horse Drawn Days, Barns of Wisconsin.

November 5-7, National Farm Toy Show, Dyersville, Iowa. Horse Drawn Days, Barns of Wisconsin and more.

November 13, 9:30 a.m. Sheboygan Falls Library, Horse Drawn Days.

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