March 4, 2024 Meeting
North Pointe United Methodist Church
3825 Erie Street, Racine, WI
Join us to learn more about the Continental Faience and Tile Co., which produced tiles from 1925-1943. These tiles were used in homes in Racine and South Milwaukee. The presentation will be given by the author, Ben Tyjeski, who himself is a tile artist. He coauthored a book, Continental Faience and Tile, with Kelly Dudle and Kathy Roberts.
Books will be for sale for $63.
Date: February 5, 2024
Time: 7 pm
Place: Catering by Danny – Hickory Hall
5844 Douglas Avenue
Thanks to Preservation Racine’s long time friend, Gerald Karwowski, a presentation based on Wilfred G. Marshall will be presented. Gerald long ago preserved to glass plates and just recently published a book with just some of the photos. The book will be for sale this night. We hope you can attend.
Don Rosen chats with Pippin Michelli, President of Preservation Racine, about the history and doings of Preservation Racine. Use this pdf if you want to see the locations Pippin mentions during the interview:
- The Show, podcast (meeting begins minute 2)
- Script to go with PDF
- 2024, About Preservation Racine, WRJN
- PDF, Slides of Buildings and Places mentioned in show
- 2024, About Preservation Racine, WRJN
Preservation Racine Membership Meeting
Monday December 4, 2023
Holy Cross Lutheran Church School Gym, corner of Taylor and Lathrop
3550 Lathrop Ave.
Our last meeting of the year will be presented by Gary Lewis Alexander and his wife Karen, who will perform stories and songs and sing-alongs (in costume) that will lift your spirits and bring you hope. Set in Civil War times, a troubled era, and they will teach us the hope that kept the spirits of the people who endured it alive. We are thrilled to have them entertain us!
Please bring a finger food hors d’oeuvre to share. Lemonade, coffee, and water will be served. Plates, napkins and eating utensils will be provided. No tables, just chair seating.
Questions or suggestions: 262-632-7537 or 847-212-0599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: Monday, November 6, 7:00 PM
Speaker: John E. Magerus, Ph. D.
Topic: DeKoven Center Beginnings
Location: The Assembly Hall DeKoven Center, 600 Caron Butler Drive, Racine, Wisconsin
You may be from Racine and know a lot about the DeKoven Center. But could you pass a written quiz about the early days of its history?
Join Preservation Racine on Monday, November 6 to hear Archivist John E. Magerus, Ph. D. present the Center’s roots from 1852 as an Episcopalian preparatory school when Racine was a fledgling harbor town on Lake Michigan.
John has spent years working with the archives of the institution and has written three publications documenting the settlers of the area and surprisingly the history of baseball in Racine. We’re saving that one for another time. He served as Archivist for the Center from 2013 to 2022 organizing and cataloguing the documents that were stored in the hundred-plus-year-old buildings.
His pursuit of historical interests developed after he retired from teaching at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse where he has served as Dean of the college in his later years at the university.
Coffee and cookies will be served prior to the meeting followed by John’s power point program. The Assembly Hall is located near the northern end of the parking lot best accessed from the Wisconsin Avenue driveway.
Please join us for our annual tour. And spread the word. Advanced tickets are available now at the following places.
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Location: 1147 West Boulevard Racine, Wisconsin
Join us for a bit of history when notable Racinians interred at Mound Cemetery will come to life as they are played by eight actors. Racine Theatre Guild will be presenting scripts written by Margo Drummond. Complete with period costume, they will give us a taste of what life in Racine was like during the Civil War. Mary Waid, Lecturer with the University of Wisconsin Parkside, has put together this highly anticipated performance. Learn also about some of the characters’ accomplishments during this era of unrest and tragedy.
Note: this meeting is held the last Monday of August so members can purchase tickets for the Tour of Historic Places. (see upcoming events)
UPCOMING EVENTS – PLEASE ADD TO YOUR CALENDARS
ANNUAL TOUR OF HISTORIC PLACES – Sunday, September 24, 2023 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Seven buildings to be open to the public. Tickets available soon.
ARCHIVES OF DEKOVEN – Monday, November 6, 2023
John Magerus will present a history of the DeKoven Center
A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS – Monday, December 4, 2023
An evening of remembrance and music presented by Gary Alexander
Our tour this year is titled “A Stroll Down Memory Lane.” It will feature eight historic places in Racine.
Please save the date. And come back to our webpage for more information soon.
Your help is important and we are hoping you will support us this year by volunteering, donating, or placing an ad in the souvenir booklet.
Please call 262-634-5748 if you can help.
Speaker: Pete Sisak
Topic: The Zahn’s Building and its People
Location: The Women’s Club (Maresh-Meredith Funeral Home, annex), xxx Lake Avenue, Racine WI
Printable Meeting Notice: April 3, 2023 Meeting Notice
Pete Sisak is a member of the Zahn’s family, and will present their history in Racine, with photographs and mementos that visitors may pick up handle.
Speaker: Pippin Michelli
Topic: How About North Beach?
Location: The Main Project and Cafe, 1014 State Street, Racine, WI
Printable Meeting Notice: March Preservation Racine Membership Meeting
Preservation Racine President Pippin Michelli has put together a wonderful presentation on the history of the North Beach area of Racine. You’ll learn about the erosion of the lake shore that was caused by early construction along Lake Michigan and about some of the people whose businesses and dealings contributed to this debacle. There was a bit of skullduggery (imagine that) involved also. You’ll want to learn all about it.
Thank you to Janet Carter for discovering and recommending a new venue for this meeting. It’s Deontrae Mayfield’s Main Project and Café on State Street, across the street from the old Dania Hall. There’s parking on the north side of State Street, as well as, in the public lot across the street. The café is located at the front of the building. The café opens at 5:00 PM for those people who would like to try their menu before our meeting. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. We encourage you to support our host.