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SEYMOUR HISTORY BULLETIN FALL/WINTER2018

November 18th, 2018

A Message from the Board of Directors

The purpose of our newsletter is to keep our members informed of exhibits, activities and progress at the museum and the vital role the historical society fills in the community. Our members are our most valuable asset. We cannot play a viable role without your support. Please use the form at the end of this publication to make a donation to the society this holiday season.

Christmas Open House December 1st

Be sure to visit the museum between 10:00 and 1:30 on Saturday, December 1st for the Christmas open house. This year's theme is a "Wizard of Oz Kids' Christmas." It features all the characters from the story in a holiday setting. Janice Eick and her sisters Jean and Joan, have done an outstanding job decorating the museum for Christmas.
The second floor has been turned into a winter wonderland with numerous decorated trees and winter scenes. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be on hand to greet visitors and distribute holiday cheer. The first 100 children will receive a free gift courtesy of a generous donor. Consistent with the Oz theme, children have the opportunity to walk the yellow brick road, play with the Santa train and participate in making holiday crafts. Hot chocolate and Christmas cookies add to the holiday cheer. This is an excellent opportunity to treat the children or grandchildren and tour the festive museum.
Volunteers Make it Happen

Please note that even though you may have received previous newsletters via the Internet, this printed copy includes an envelope suitable for returning a donation to help the society meet our financial obligations. The philosophy of the Board of Directors is to have a vibrant organization with numerous activities and changing exhibits. All museum workers are volunteers and 100% of your gift is used at the local level. We appreciate your assistance. All donations should be sent to PO Box 237, Seymour, WI 54167.

Highlights of the Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the SCHS was held Saturday, May 5th in the upstairs meeting room of the museum. Nationally known actress Jessica Mincha, presented an outstanding performance portraying Dolley Madison.
She referred to Mrs. Madison as “The Lady Who Saved Washington." Charming, flamboyant and strong willed, Dolley was tested in the calamity of the War of 1812 and saved the priceless painting of President Washington when the White House was burned. Born into a Quaker family, Dolley was raised to be obedient and well behaved. Early in her life she married a man selected by her father. Dolley would soon be strengthened by adversity. Widowed at an early age she was courted by Congressman James Madison. As First Lady, Dolley would become the Grand Dame of Washington. An audience of 57 people gave Mrs. Michna a well-deserved standing ovation.
"Thank You" to all who helped make the event a real success. Don's Quality Market provided snacks and museum volunteers baked a variety of desserts. During the business part of the meeting society members approved the budget and elected two new board members. Seymour businessman Kurt Boettcher replaced Jon Braun and former teacher Lynn Koenigs took Karen Coonen's position.

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