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NEWSLETTER

DECEMBER 2013
Our future flows from our past.

Ripon Historical Society 508 Watson Street Ripon, WI 54971 USA (920) 748-5354 www.riponhistory.com riponhistsoc@yahoo.com Betsy Stanfield, Editor

JOIN US DECEMBER 6, 7 AND 8!!!!
Toys featured at Historical Society Open House Bill Woolley The Society is going all out this year in its participation in Ripon’s Dickens of a Christmas weekend. We are making toys the main feature of our Open House during the weekend. An entirely new exhibit is being mounted that will include historic toys as well as a large working model layout prepared by the Ripon Area Model Railroad Club. The highlight of the toy collection will be a display of toys from the former Naylor’s Toy Shop in Ripon. The Naylor Toy Shop, which was located in what is now called “The Republican House,” was a small manufacturer of miniature wooden toys in Ripon during the 1940s. The colorful Naylor toys were designed for use in dollhouses or as small ornaments and were marketed nationally through a catalogue. The major part our collection was donated by longtime Society member, Harold Hoth, who worked at the Naylor shop. In addition to the toys the Open House will include Christmas decorations and an entirely new exhibit in our recently remodeled archeology room. The archives will also be open on Saturday, Dec. 7th with a genealogist available for those wishing to explore family history. The Society’s headquarters building at 508 Watson will be part of the Dickens of a Christmas “Tour of Homes” on Saturday, December 7th, from 10:00 to 4:00 but will also be open to all visitors free of charge. Music will be provided from 1:00 to 3:00 on Saturday, December 7th by the Ceresco Prairie Band and cider and cookies will be available for everyone dropping by. Because this year’s Open House is designed as a distinctly family attraction, the Society will also be open on Friday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 and on Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00. We believe that Society members will enjoy reliving memories of past Christmases especially if they can share those memories with children and grandchildren. -1-

2013 a Strong Year for the Society Jeff Bumby The Ripon Historical Society held its annual meeting on Thursday evening November 21, 2013. Twenty eight members gathered at 5:30 in the Society meeting room for a dinner provided by Ripon College caterers. Following the meal, President Jeff Bumby gave a report of the Society’s activities for 2013. On the financial front, Bumby reported that our health is solid and we are living within our means by drawing a prudent amount from our endowment. This past year we have engaged in a number of outreach activities. Open house Sunday hours occurred from May thru October and introduced many newcomers to our Society. We offered six well attended programs in 2013 and have scheduled six interesting programs for 2014. Joyce Rudolph and Michelle Benson made eight trips to Prairie Place with DVDs and artifacts which were enjoyed by 25 to 30 people on each visit. Tracy O’Brien has continued the work with the grade school children begun by Jean Woolley. Tracy provided a visiting experience for about 125 2nd graders. Our internal activities continue to strengthen our Society. Nedra Martz responded to approximately 80 inquiries for archival information from all parts of the country. Nedra and Ripon College volunteers continue the work of adding photos to the Wisconsin Recollections Website where viewers will be able to access the many thousands of photographs from our collections. Carol Sachen, along with Ripon College volunteers, continues her work of accessioning artifacts received and updating our Past Perfect records. Sarah McGowan, librarian to the Society, has brought a professional order to tour collections. She has acquired some new titles and culled those that don’t fit our needs. Jeff acknowledged with gift certificates not only the service of Carol, Joyce, Sarah and Nedra but also other volunteers Ralph Quinney, Sue Loomer, Roberta Walker, Betsy Stanfield and Tracy O’Brien. Election of officers for 2014 followed with a unanimous vote for the following proposed slate; President - Jack Steinbring, Vice President- Tracy O’Brien, Secretary- Gary Wetzel, Treasurer- Roberta Walker and Publicity Chair- Bill Woolley. The evening concluded with a showing of a history of Ripon video scripted by George Miller and narrated by Bonnie Buzza. Keep the Society in Mind as You do Your Holiday Shopping Christmas shopping is here! 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 ShopForMuseums.com.  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. -2-

A BIG THANK YOU! Jeff Bumby The Ripon Historical Society is indebted to Carmen Schmidt, benefits coordinator for the Bremner Food Group, who had the sensitivity to save and store five boxes of archives and framed photographs of Ripon Foods history. This past summer Carmen contacted the Society offering to donate to us these valuable items long thought lost. Carmen serves as an example of one whose foresight and patience is worth mimicking. Union History Program Jeff Bumby On September 19th in spite of threatening weather, Jeff Bumby presented a well-attended program at the Society on the union history of Ripon. He traced the economic and political forces that gave rise to the formation of unions in Ripon during the 1930s. The decades that followed saw a number of disputes between management and labor, the causes and resolution of which Bumby gave a detailed account. While these conflicts were contentious, Bumby noted that the long term relationships were not to be thought of as adversarial. The present influence of unions has been reduced and the political, economic and social reasons for which were discussed. The program aired on local access television and a recording is also available at the Society.

Baseball in Ripon Betsy Stanfield Tracy O’Brien presented to a capacity crowd in October about the history of baseball in Ripon. To prepare, Tracy spoke with several Ripon residents about their baseball experiences and poured through local newspapers and the archives at Ripon College. The presentation included hundreds of pictures and many of the audience members pointed out friends and family members. Several community members loaned the Society their vintage baseball jerseys for the evening and the Society’s collection was also on display. In Remembrance Carol Sachen We are saddened to report the passing of Ripon Historical Society member Bob Royce on October 31, 2013. In 2007, as an active EAA docent, Bob secured and introduced a program on the Doolittle Raiders for one of the Society’s monthly programs. He also donated Speed Queen and Boy Scout artifacts. Some of you may remember Bob and Nancy driving his classic car in the 2008 Riponfest parade. We extend our condolences to Nancy and her family. -3-

Ripon Historical Society 508 Watson Street Ripon, WI 54971 USA

Join us for our Open Houses during Dickens of a Christmas! Friday, Dec. 6 Saturday, Dec. 7 Sunday, Dec. 8 Open House 6-9 pm Open House, archivist, genealogist available 10 am - 4 pm, Ceresco Prairie Band 1-3 pm Open House 1-4 pm -4-

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