German Oshkosh & the Turners
Historical Topics

German Oshkosh & the Turners

  By Thomas J. Rowland A German gymnastic movement, spawned by Napoleon’s occupation of most of the German States in the early 19th century, the Turners (Turnverein) made their arrival in America in the wake of the failed liberal revolutions of 1848. This underscores the reality that the Turner movement was rooted in as much … Continue reading

Historical Society

2017 Mini-Grant Award

The Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Council for Local History are pleased to announce that 25 affiliated local historical societies received a total of $12,506 through the 2017 mini-grant program. The Wisconsin Council for Local History administers the mini-grant program, which is funded by an endowment managed by the Wisconsin Historical Foundation. The Winnebago County … Continue reading

Historic Preservation / Historical Society

WCHAS Board Visits Peniel Church

Written by board member Patti Yana Nestled on the boundary line between Fond du Lac and Winnebago County sits one of the best kept secrets in Fond du Lac County. The Peniel Church, completed in 1856 is located on County Road FF.  The original building was enlarged in 1868 and a kitchen added in 1871. … Continue reading

Events / Historical Society

Christmas Open House

  Come visit the beautiful and elegant John R. Morgan House decorated for Christmas. This 1884 Queen Anne style home is a time capsule of a bygone era of Oshkosh. Come learn about the home, the Morgans and their lumber company and how the Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society maintains the house. You can … Continue reading

Omro / Uncategorized

Remembering Omro’s Blue Bell School Part II.

The kids recalled having to do chores like bringing the cows in from the pasture, bringing the milk cans in, getting the feed down and scraping the barn floor before starting their mile long walk to school. Once at school, more chores were to be handed out. Clapping erasers, raising the flag, carry water in from the … Continue reading

Omro

Remembering Omro’s Blue Bell School Part I

By WCHAS President, Randy Domer Less than a century ago, one-room schoolhouses were numerous in rural areas and Winnebago County certainly had its share. Although now vacant, many still stand as a reminder to the days when they provided a much-needed service to folks living well outside our cities, towns and villages. Farm communities relied … Continue reading