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Exhuberant Historical Society Celebrates 20th Anniversary in Oregon, Wisconsin

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty, Inc., Broker Associate

For Excellent Insight into the history of Oregon, WI, check out the book: A Walk Back in History: Did You Know? by Florice Paulson.

Ms. Paulson and many others have been instrumental in the success enjoyed by the Oregon Historical Society.  The Society recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary in the Fall of 2007. 

In the mid - 80's, Eeda Lumley, an Oregon native, saw construction crews tearing down Sarbacher's Blacksmith shop on Main Street.  Realizing that something must be done, Lumley called friends and generated interest to form an historical society.

Almost twenty individuals attended the start-up meeting at Village Hall, in September 1987.

The Oregon Area Historical Society is headquarted at the society's museum on 159 W. Lincoln St.

In 1989, Florice Paulson purchased the building and donated it to the society. Volunteers worked tirelessly to arrange the collection and prepare for the Grand Opening. The Museum was dedicated in May 1991, and remains the centerpiece of the society's work. Initially, the collection was small.

But today, the Museum is filled with century-old farm implements, military uniforms, wedding or formal dresses, musical instruments, school desks and more. More inventory is kept on the second floor.

All items are catalogued: bookshelves full of indexed obituaries, family histories, old high school yearbooks and newspaper clippings.

The museum is open for public tours on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays in the summer from 1 to 4 p.m.  The destination is popular for young and old alike.