HISTORIC BLOOMING GROVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY http://www.bloominggrovehistory.org Board of Directors: Gloria Simley, President, 222-3859; Ray Krizmanic, Vice-President; Judith Bodden, Secretary; Don Taylor, Treasurer; House Manager Bob Bean; Ann Waidelich, Curator 249-7920; Board Members: Judy Taylor, Bill Brendler, William Weidemann, Susan Fox, Tom Robertson, Gary Hess. Membership Dues, per year $15 individuals; $25 Households; $50 Contributor; $75 Sustainer; $100 Patron;$1,000+ Life. Applications and renewals should be addressed to: Treasurer, HBGHS, PO Box 6704, Monona, WI 53716-0704 Mission Statement: The Historic Blooming Grove Historical Society preserves and advances the culture and history of Blooming Grove, Monona and Southeastern Madison--all of which was, historically, in the Township of Blooming Grove. The Victorian furnished Dean House is a living testimony to the pioneer spirit fostering our American heritage and contributing to our growth as a community and serves as a center for events and local history study. For general inquiries and donations to the Society's collections contact Ann Waidelich at 608 249-7920 or email hbghs@tds.net The Historic Blooming Grove Historical Society is funded by memberships, contributions and grants. There is no fee for any of the society's public events, but donations are always welcome.
Garage Sale & Back Porch Concerts
Once again we had a successful garage sale. It has turned into a major source of income and we really appreciate all who donate items, work at the sale and came to buy.

We also had an enjoyable series of Back Porch Concerts this summer in spite of having to cancel the Capitol Chordsmen due to heat and rain and a shortened Old Time Fiddlers concert after the ice cream social due to rain. Thanks to all who came and made contributions when we "passed the hat".

Monona Grove Business Men's Association has donated $250 to upgrade our sound system for the Back Porch Concerts. Thank you.

Greetings from our President

By Gloria Simley

Wisconsinís John Muir Exhibit

The Wisconsin Historical Society has prepared a traveling exhibit, Wisconsinís John Muir, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Historic Blooming Grove Historical Society will be partnering with the Monona Public Library to host the exhibit at the Monona Public Library starting December 6th for two weeks

As part of the event there will be a discussion of the books: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth by John Muir and a newly compiled anthology called Wisconsin's Environmental Tradition: A Reader, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society in 2016. Michael Edmonds from the Wisconsin Historical Society will discuss the exhibit and books on Dec. 11th as part of the Monona History Club series. Multiple copies of the books will be available for circulation from the Monona Public Library.

Hold Your Event at the Dean House

Reminder that the Dean House is available to rent for small events such as book clubs or organization meetings. We can provide a tour of the house and/or a light breakfast, lunch or evening desert for a fee. Call 249-7920 for details.

Tom Robertson

Tom Robertson has joined the Board of HBGHS. He is a Madison native and a retired Sun Prairie history teacher. He and his wife moved to Femrite Drive from Sun Prairie after retiring in 2000 & 2006 respectively and say they "love living in Monona." Welcome.

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