Historic summertime fun

Young people in this undated photo enjoy some summertime fun.

The Vernon County Historical Society’s schedule for this summer presents a number of special opportunities for people of all ages.

On July 4, we’ll be holding the annual Strawberry Shortcake Social, renamed this year in memory of its creator and longtime organizer, Marcia Andrew. The social will be held from 1-5 p.m. on the lawn of the Sherry-Butt House, 795 N. Main St., Viroqua. Musical entertainment begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5.

On Thursday, July 12, the monthly genealogy class will meet at the museum at 10 a.m. Karen Sherry will begin a series on the book, “Genealogy Online for Dummies.” The class is free for VCHS members and $5 for nonmembers.

And on Friday, July 27, we will host an archaeology class just for kids. The class will be held in the museum’s conference room from 10 a.m. to noon. Jean Dowiasch of the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center will be the teacher. This class is suitable for children going into grades 3 through 12. Cost is $5. Contact the museum at 637-7396 to register.

Looking ahead to August, the genealogy class will meet Thursday, Aug. 9, at the museum at 10 a.m. Blaine Hedberg will be the teacher that day, providing a lesson on Norwegian genealogy.

The Vernon County Historical Society’s second annual Pork Chop Dinner will be held on the lawn at the Sherry-Butt House Friday, Aug. 10. Food will be served from 4-7 p.m. Tickets are $10.

New this year, the VCHS will have a booth inside the bank building at Wild West Days in Viroqua the weekend of Aug. 17-19. Current plans for our booth include food served by costumed volunteers, and possibly a new book for sale about the history of Wisconsin stage coaches, written by an Eau Claire historian.

Stay tuned for more details on all of these upcoming events!

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Vernon County Broadcaster editor

Angie Cina is editor of the Vernon County Broadcaster. Contact her at 608-637-5616.

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