Seventeen years ago the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center (offices in Sheboygan Falls) began offering a series of local history programs. Second Saturdays they named the series—one a month on a second Saturday from September to May. Beth Dippel, Executive Director of the Research Center, has done a wonderful job of organizing and promoting these programs.
I was privileged to be one of those who offered a program seventeen years ago (it was about Wisconsin Barns) and I have done so every year since. For this, my seventeen year, my program was titled “Farm Memories from Yesterday.”
One-hundred-thirty people heard me share stories about farm life before electricity, stories about the party-line telephone and old-time radio. Stories about the one-room country school and importance of neighbors and more.
I also shared some words of wisdom that I had picked up over the years from rural old-timers.
“Don’t go outside without wearing your shirt. If God had meant for you to run around naked, you’d have been born that way.”
“If you must hurry, do it slowly”
“No matter what direction a north wind blows, it always blows cold.”
“There is less mud on the top of the hill.”
I encouraged people to write down their own stories, and share them with their families.
I talked a bit about the importance of reflecting on one’s personal histories. I said we can’t return to an earlier day, but we can learn from what we did and didn’t do. I left people with these two questions:
What of the past is worthy of bringing forward and applying, and what of it should be left behind?
What of the new that we face nearly everyday is worthy of accepting and what should be ignored?
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Take time to recall about your past, and then reflect on it.
November 29.7:00 p.m. Sequoia Public Library, Madison. Roshara Journal with Jerry and Steve Apps
December 7, 10:00 to 2:00, Headquarters Bldg. Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison. Holiday book sale—book signing.
December 10, (Time to announced) McFarlane’s Sauk City,
Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fundraiser for them):
The library now has available signed copies of Jerry’s DVDs:
Emmy Winner, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps (based on The Quiet Season book.)
Jerry Apps a Farm Story (based on Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm books.)
The Land with Jerry Apps, (based on the book Whispers and Shadows.)
Also available are several of Jerry’s signed books including: Jerry’s newest novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County. and Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.
Jerry’s newest books, Roshara Journal (with photos by Steve Apps) and Telling Your Story—a guide book for those who want to write their stories—are also available.
Contact the library for prices and special package deals.
Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division Street