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Our future flows from our past.

Ripon Historical Society 508 Watson Street Ripon, WI 54971 USA (920) 748-5354 Betsy Stanfield, Editor

New sign guides the way for visitors Tracy O’Brien The Ripon Historical Society has recently updated the sign that appears in front of the Pickard house. The new sign provides more information to visitors as they pass by. Additional banners can be hung from the bottom in order to advertise upcoming “Open Houses” and “Programs” during the week of the event, with a different banner on the day of the event. The first picture of a sign found in society scrapbooks dates back to 1971. This makes sense since the Society received ownership of the house in 1968. An updated sign (the one we just removed) appears in an October 1997 picture. At that time, changes were being made to the front porch. The post which holds the sign has never changed. There has been some discussion of hanging the retired sign somewhere on the society grounds and possibly creating another sign that would advertise the Lawson house as a part of the Ripon Historical Society. Graphic Sign and Letter and Schmitt Lumber instrumental in the creation of the sign and framework. Open House Sundays Jeff Bumby The RHS is trying something new this year in an effort to accommodate those unable to visit the Society during the week by holding an open house on the first Sunday of the month 1 pm to 4 pm from May thru October. Nedra Martz is available for those wanting to probe the archives and Joyce Rudolph is offering tours of the Lawson house. So far, the number of visitors has been increasing and we are seeing many first-time visitors. Todd Berens on the right has been a faithful greeter for our open houses and long-time Ripon resident Ed Biedron stopped by recently to play his violin. If you haven’t visited the Society lately, join us in October! -1were

RHS Class of ’63 visits Society Bill Woolley

More than 30 members of the Ripon High School class of ’63 visited the Society in June as the final event in their 50th Class Reunion. The visit began with a short power point presentation by Bill Woolley outlining the themes behind our current museums exhibits. The group was then divided in half and Joyce Rudolph took one section for a tour of the Lawson House while the other section visited the museum exhibits on their own. Later, Joyce took the other section to the Lawson House. The class seemed to enjoy the visit very much as the museum exhibits brought back a lot of memories of growing up in Ripon. The event was organized by Janice Biedron Luton, who had visited the Society earlier when art works by her mother, Helen Biedron, were on display. Society hosts P. E. O. meeting Bill Woolley

On May 15th our Society hosted a meeting of the local (DP) chapter of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P. E. O). About 25 P. E. O. members attended. At the meeting Bill Woolley presented a short program introducing the Society’s current museum exhibit, “Ripon Women in Your Grandmother’s Day”. Afterwards P. E. O. members had time to visit the exhibit on their own. The P. E. O. is a national women’s organization dedicated to supporting education for women. -2-

Dropping us a line? Use our street address rather than the PO Box The Ripon Historical Society is no longer using our post office box to receive mail. Please send mail to our street address; 508 Watson Street, Ripon, WI 54971. Thank you. Historical Society volunteers visiting Prairie Place residents Prairie Place Assisted Living Facility contacted the Society regarding programs or DVDs about Ripon history for its residents. For the past three months, Joyce Rudolph has been visiting monthly to give presentations and show DVDs from the Society’s archives. Michele Benson joined Joyce last month. The residents enjoyed the contents of a traveling trunk containing artifacts from yesteryear. They were able to touch and feel the objects and had a great time. Joyce and Michele will continue visiting each month with new programs.

A familiar face joins the Historical Society board Grant Stanfield The Ripon Historical Society is pleased to welcome its newest board member, Gib Stoeberl. Gib was raised in Rice Lake, WI and moved to the Ripon area in 1970. Many Ripon residents know him from the 35 years he spent teaching history and government at Ripon High School as well as coaching several sports. He was also a member of Ripon’s city council for eight years and was Ripon Fire District president for five years. After retiring from Ripon High School, Stoeberl went on to become the state coordinator for the Center for Civic Education, with an emphasis on educating people on citizenship, government, the U.S. Constitution, and curbing school violence. Great to have you with us! Keep the Society in mind as you do your holiday shopping It’s hard to believe, but we’ll be Christmas shopping before you know it! If you shop online at Amazon, Audible, Best Buy, Coldwater Creek, or hundreds of other stores, a percentage of your purchases can go to the Ripon Historical Society. Here’s how you do it:  Go to  Register (the first time) or log in (thereafter).  Choose a museum to support (Ripon Historical Society, of course).  Select a store and start shopping. You will see a long list of online stores, and next to each you will see the percentage of your purchases that will be paid to the Ripon Historical Society.


Ripon Historical Society 508 Watson Street Ripon, WI 54971 USA

Mark your calendar! 2013 programs The Ripon Historical Society will host open house hours from 1pm-4pm on the first Sunday of the month running through October. Normally volunteers are at the Society on weekday mornings, but the open houses are being scheduled in an effort to accommodate those unable to visit during the week. We will make an effort to have an archivist available to assist with research requests. Our evening programs start again in the fall. All events will be held at 7 pm in the Society’s Meeting Room at 508 Watson Street. Sept. 19 Unions in Ripon Oct. 17 Baseball in Ripon Nov. 21 Annual Meeting