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

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


Jerry Apps To Speak on Wisconsin Ag History

The WCHAS has scheduled Wisconsin’s master storyteller and historian Jerry Apps to speak in August. Apps will talk about his latest book, Wisconsin Agriculture: a History. The richly illustrated release from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press chronicles Wisconsin farming and its evolution over time in a way that will appeal to history buffs, devotees of the state’s … Continue reading

Historic Preservation

Light Fixture to Return to Courthouse

  The Winnebago County Historical & Archaeological Society is excited to announce that the original, bronze light fixture that once hung in the county courthouse lobby will be returned and placed back over the main staircase once again. This massive fixture currently hangs in the lobby of the old Wagner Opera House building—between Skis Meat Market and … Continue reading

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday- EAA Fly-In Convention

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Fly-In Convention started in 1953 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A handful of people came to the early gathering, and it was mainly a gathering for people who built their aircraft themselves. In 1959 the organization’s fly-in moved to Rockford, Illinois, because of space limitations. It remained at the Rockford airport until … Continue reading