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Seymour History Bulletin Spring/Summer 2015

April 21st, 2015

Communication from Your Historical Society

Because of increasing production costs and mailing expense, the Seymour History Bulletin has become a twice-yearly publication. Unless the society has your e-mail address, you will receive a printed copy in the spring and fall. The purpose of the newsletter is to keep all our members informed of activities taking place at the museum, additional society news, and to look back at Seymour area history. If you are not receiving an electronic copy and have an e-mail address, please send your e-mail address to and your color copy will arrive via the Internet.

Annual Meeting May 9th

The annual meeting of the SCHS will be held Saturday, May 9th in the upstairs meeting room of the museum. Following a brief business meeting Jessica Michna will present her impersonation of Eleanor Roosevelt.
As World War II ended, America experienced the loss of its stalwart leader, President Franklin Roosevelt. After 13 years as First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt hoped to retire and perhaps write her memoirs. By 1948, the world had changed dramatically and so had Eleanor.
Michna shares with the audience Roosevelt's tragedies and triumphs. Born into the opulent wealth of America's "Golden Age", she would grow from the shy, homely orphan into a confident, driven woman. Strengthened by personal tragedy, she would emerge as a champion of civil rights, author and stateswoman. Roosevelt is best summed up by President Harry S. Truman, who dubbed her "The First Lady of the World."
Originally from Pennsylvania, Michna developed a love of American history at an early age. Her love of theater was encouraged by an older brother. During her high school years she appeared in various productions and designed and constructed costumes. Michna was offered a scholarship to the Goodman School of Theater in Chicago.
After several years in the healthcare field, Michna decided to return to her two great loves, history and the theater. The result was the birth of "First Impressions." After almost two years of research, script writing, costume construction and endless rehearsals, Mary Todd Lincoln was ready for her public. Audiences loved Mary, but wanted more. In 2005, Eleanor Roosevelt made her debut.
The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Special Exhibits at the Museum this Summer

May 17 to June 14 --- Fur, Feathers and Fidelity – Military Mascots

This exhibit is made possible through a loan from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and a financial grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council. By viewing the display, the entire family will learn more about Wisconsin military history, the sacrifices of the soldiers, and the contributions of a variety of military mascots. Perhaps Wisconsin’s most famous mascot is “Old Abe” the war eagle that led the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Regiment into battle during the Civil War.

A Brief History of “Old Abe” the War Eagle

In 1861, an American Indian named Ahgamahwegezhig -- or Chief Sky -- a member of the Flambeau band of the Chippewa tribe, cut down a tree in an attempt to capture two American Bald Eaglets in their nest. Chief Sky later traded the surviving eaglet to Daniel McCann of Eagle Point, Wisconsin for a bushel of corn. After many unsuccessful attempts to rid himself of the bird, McCann eventually sold the eagle for $2.50 to Capt. John E. Perkins, commanding officer of a militia company called the "Eau Claire Badgers." Part of the money was, reluctantly, given by local tavern-keeper S. M. Jeffers.
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