The annual meeting of the Tomah Area Historical Society was held Monday, Jan. 29. The group met for the first time at the new Tomah Area Chamber of Commerce building conference room with about 20 members attending.

During the meeting, members elected three new members of the board of directors for three-year terms. They were Frank Dibendetto, Al Hyatt and Larry Scheckel.

Officers elected for the 2018 year are: President, John Froelich; vice-president, Wayne Klinge; secretary, Suzanne Baker-Young; and treasurer Joan Hanson.

The agenda also included the annual reports from curator Kathleene Hyatt and executive director Jim Weinzatl. The bi-annual insurance was reviewed, the approvals of yearly contracts were updated and the 2018 budget was voted on and approved.

The board then officially announced the purchase of a double lot on the corner of Superior Avenue and Council street. This is to be the future site for our new Tomah Historical Society Museum. A tentative site plan has been developed and was unveiled to the group. After some discussion, a Building Project Committee was appointed. Committee members will be gathering ideas from the community for input into the project and reviewing more closely the plans for the new building.

Announced were the opening dates for the 2018 season. The museum will open for its 20th year May 1, and the public is encouraged to watch for plans for the museum’s anniversary activities. The museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. until October. Groups or evening hours can be arranged by appointment by calling 608-372-1880.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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