Minutes

The June 9, 2022 meeting of the Pittsville Historical Society was called to order by President Chris Buchanan. The Secretary and Treasurer reports were presented and approved.

Old business started with a report by the Grounds Committee. We are very grateful to Ms. Meister and the agricultural students for allowing us to take the extra plants that were left over from their plant sale. Our containers and garden beds have been planted with annuals from the group. They add a lot of extra color to the perennials that we have planted. New projects, including a shed to house the new cutter, are in progress and will have to be completed by the Farm Open House on August 21. Jan Patrick gave a report on the progress of the displays and expects to have everything ready to show off our rural history.

The museum will be open on the Sundays of June 12 and 26 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Stop in to see what we have accomplished so far this year.

The third and fourth grade classes from Pittsville Elementary School were able to come to the museum for a Field Trip this year. We were happy see them as we have missed having them due to the COVID crisis. The third graders joined us for “A Day at Scranton School”. The fourth graders had an enchanced tour of the buildings. We encouraged them to bring their families when we are open

The May 12, 2020 meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by Vice President Jan Patrick. Secretary and Treasurer reports were presented and approved.

The first order of Old business consisted of a sign-up sheet for docents to cover the new Sunday hours. We will be open from 11:00-3:00 on the second and fourth Sundays of June, July and August. We will continue to be open on Thursdays from 9:00-3:00 through September.

Pittsville Elementary third grade classes will be here for A Day at Scranton School on May 17 and 19. The fourth grade classes will have an enhanced tour of the buildings on May 23 and 26. We are happy to be able to have the children here for a Field Day. We missed them.

Everyone is working very hard to get the grounds and buildings in excellent condition for the Open House which will be held on August 21. One of the highlights of the day will be the opportunity to milk a cow.

The other date to put on your calendar is June 18. The museum is sponsoring a Brat Fry at the Cenex Station. Please support us by purchasing a brat or pulled pork sandwich, beverage and dessert.

The April 14, 2022 meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by President Chris Buchanan after the Annual Meeting. The Secretary and Treasurer reports were presented and approved.

OLD BUSINESS included a report by Jan Patrick on the barn project. There is a list of donors up in the barn. She is still waiting for Julie Giese from the USDA to sign off on the grant. The Open House is scheduled for August 21. More to come as plans get firmed up.

There was a discussion about how to best fix the crack that has opened up on the ramp. Chris Nepper will contact a cement contractor to get an estimate to see what can be done. Randy Fochs suggested a wood walkway could be placed over the existing concrete if necessary.

A Brat Fry Fundraiser is scheduled for June 18. Chris Buchanan and Lynn Jankowski will work on the details. Members will bake bars or cookies to sell along with brats, pulled pork and soft drinks.

Marlene Neve reported that the Pittsville third and fourth grade classes will have a field trip here this year. The third grade will participate in “A Day at Scranton School” and the fourth grade students will get an enhanced tour of the buildings.

This will be a very busy summer getting the buildings and grounds in shape for our Open House. Painting is needed on Scranton School, the museum porch and the steeple. A structure will be built to house the cutter that was donated and the walkway to the steeple needs repair.

The museum will be open on the second and fourth Sunday of the month from Memorial Day to Labor Day. We will also be open from 9-3 each Thursday from May through September.

Pittsville’s main article for the July Heritage Magazine will be about Fr. Wilitzer and Pittsville Pottery. There will also be an article including basic information about the Pitts Family and a couple of post cards.

NEW BUSINESS included a donation of a pig scalding tub for the display in the farm shed. Jan Patrick will be able to use the plywood from last years float to mount information for the pig display.

Motion was made to set aside $75.00 to bring in a Milking Cow at the Open House. We all will get a turn at learning how it used to be done. Some older citizens will be able to show everyone up.

Marlene Neve sent around the proposed budget for 2022. (Correction 2023)

Motion to adjourn.

The Annual meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by President Chris Buchanan on April 14. The Secretary and Treasurer reports were given and approved.

Lynn Jankowski representing the nominating committee presented the slate of officers for the coming year. They are as follows: President-Chris Buchanan, Vice President-Jan Patrick, Secretary-Mary Czaja, Treasurer-Marlene Neve, Exhibit Coordinator-Jan Patrick. There were motions to cast a unanimous ballot for officers and have the officers compose the board of Directors along with a member at large. They were seconded and approved.

President Chris Buchanan appointed the following Committee chairs: Historian-Pat Lippert, Membership-Mary Zdun, Building & Grounds-Mary Czaja & Peg Rademan, Audit-Lynn Jankowski & Mary Zdun, Consultant-Chuck Soper, Acquisitions-Jan Patrick & Chris Buchanan, Nominating-Lynn Jankowski & Randy Fochs, Website Maintenance-Sharon Christensen & Jan Patrick.

The Pittsville Record is the designated newspaper for meeting notices and minutes. Partners Bank of Marshfield is our designated depository.

The date for next year’s annual meeting will be April 13, 2023.

Motion to adjourn,

The first meeting of the year for the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order on March 10 (2022) by President Chris Buchanan. The Secretary and Treasurer reports were presented and approved.

There were many items of Old Business from last fall to discuss. The cutter that was donated by Kevin Horn on behalf of his parents Carl & Evelyn Horn and his grandparents is currently in the farm shed. There was a discussion about where and how to safely display it. It will be put on a deck with a roof over head to protect it from the weather. The sides should allow for easy viewing.

Jan Patrick gave a farm shed and barn update. The shed will need to have track lighting installed so the displays will be easier to view. A tub is still needed for the pig butchering display. Signage still needs to be placed in the barn and shed. Julie Giese, USDA representative will be here to sign off on the project as soon as she can fit it in her schedule. The Farm Open House will be scheduled for late in the summer. We are excited to show off our new buildings and displays. More information will follow as we firm up the plans.

The ramp leading to the main door needs repair. Members have been trying to contact cement repairmen to see what can be done. The repairs will have to be completed before the end of summer.

Jan reported that the website is up and working well. She and Sharon Christensen are working on edits to the content. The website can be reached at pittsvilleareahistoricalsociety.org.

Book 9 of the Days of Our Lives series is being worked on and will be ready this summer. The price of the books will be $10.00 as the costs to publish have increased.

There was a discussion about opening on Sundays. It was decided to be open on the second and fourth Sundays of the month from 11:00-3:00 from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day. We will be open from 9:00-3:00 each Thursday from May through September. We will not close for lunch.

New Business included discussion about the next Heritage Magazine. It will be out in July and will include articles about people who were important to their communities. It was decided that Fr.Willitzer, the founder Pittsville Pottery should be the selection from Pittsville.

Jan’s famous TO DO List will be put on the refrigerator to remind members of the many items to be worked on this year. The goal is to have the list finished by the Open House.

The Annual Meeting for 2022 will be held on April 14 at 1:00 following by the regular monthly meeting. If you have some free time and are interested in local history, please consider joining our group. I can guarantee that you will not be bored. There are many tasks from working on displays, accessioning new donations, researching requests about past community members, outdoor work such as gardening and keeping the buildings in repair, guiding visitors and answering questions. If any of us is not busy there is always the TO DO List.

Pittsville Area Historical Society met November 11 at the museum complex. President Chris Buchanan called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Minutes of October meeting were read and approved; treasurer’s report will be email to all later (Treasurer Marlene was unable to attend this meeting).

The barn and farm shed exhibits are mostly finished-just need additional signage and a few more period items. Lighting in the farm shed will be finished to provide directional lights. PAHS had received a grand from USDA Rural Development to help fund the barn structure. A representative from Rural Development will inspect the work in December; we will then sign the final financial papers.

Some exhibits have been revamped in the main building. Plans for an open house in summer, 2022, were discussed.

The gardens have been cleaned and will rest for winter months.

Possibilities of a spaghetti dinner and a brat fry in 2022 to help raise money for continuing work are moving forward.

The ramp beside the main building had a major crack that needs to be repaired. We do not yet have a cost estimate.

Heritage Magazine will publish its second issue in January. PAHS has submitted an article about Pittsville’s heritage and another about Progress, the village that did not succeed.

The Day at Scranton School program will resume if the Covid pandemic lessens to near nothing. Students are close together in the Scranton School classroom.

Stories of Our Lives, Book 9 is still a work in progress. Winter months will find members interviewing those who will contribute information for the book, writing, updating the flier, studying the new program for the website.

Christmas decorating will be completed one nice day after Thanksgiving.

Submitted by Jan Patrick, Acting Secretary

The October 14 (2021) meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by Vice President Gloria Dibble. The Secretary and Treasurer reports were presented and approved.

The Grounds Committee reported that they are currently painting the doors and windows of Scranton School.

Jan Patrick reported that the shed and barn exhibits are mostly finished. There is just a little labeling and some pictures to put up to complete the project. She will contact the representative from USDA Rural Development to inform her that we have met the Grant deadline of October 15. The project just needs to be inspected for final approval.

The first item of Old Business was a discussion about a wagon that was used to haul concrete for a bridge over the Yellow River. It was offered to the museum by the Anderson Family who bought the Stillman residence on Steffek Road. Randy Fochs and Chris Nepper will check it out and decide how to move it to the grounds if approved.

The next edition of the Heritage Magazine will feature the origins of area communities. Marlene Neve is working on the article about Pittsville. The articles are only 700 words in length so will be featuring James Q. Sevrens, the first white settler and Luke Pitts, Jr. Jan Patrick is working on an article about Progress, The Lost City.

New Business featured winter planning. The furnace will be checked before the weather turns and volunteers recruited to check it it is working properly each month during the winter season. Chris Nepper volunteered to shovel the sidewalk.

The museum is now closed for the season. This has been an exciting year. The barn and farm shed were the main projects of the year. The upstairs of the museum now has expanded cranberry, lumbering and housework exhibits where the tool shed was. The downstairs now houses a beauty shop exhibit with many items from the Zalabsky Beauty Shop. We are looking forward to next year. We are hoping to again offer A Day at Scranton School if Covid is under control.

The September 9 (2021) meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by Marlene Neve. The Secretary and Treasurer reports were presented and approved.

Under Old Business: Mary Czaja reported that the garden cleanup is finished for the year. The grounds committee will spend the rest of the fall painting areas of the school, steeple and front porch that require work.

Jan Patrick reported that the displays in the farm shed and barn are coming together. The barn has a lot of signage and pictures on the walls explaining how the farm families lived and worked their land. She suggests that we keep the barn as authentic as possible to depict the early 1900’s before artificial insemination. There is a bull display with stories from area farmers telling about their experiences with bulls.

The January 2022 issue of the Heritage Magazine will depict how communities developed. Our portion of the magazine will consist of the origins of Pittsville and the first settlers.

The website “pittsvilleareahistoricalsociety.org” is up and working again. Additional new information and pictures have been added.

Work is progressing upstairs in the museum. The cranberry, logging and housework exhibits have been enlarged and reworked. The museum will be open on Sunday, Sept 26 from 11:00 -3:00 with Chris Buchanan and Gloria Dibble as docents. Stop by to see all the changes that have been made this summer. You will be amazed.

The first order of New Business was that a Thank You letter was sent to Ezra Fiala, our student intern this summer. He did all that was asked of him and more.

The organization received a donation from the Benevity Community Impact fund which allows people to anonymously give money. We are grateful for all the support that we receive from the community.

Motion to adjourn.

The August 12 (2021 meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by President Chris Buchanan.  Secretary and Treasurer reports were presented and approved.

Old Business included a report that the garden beds have been mulched with wood chips donated by Hay Creek Pallet.  The gold color enhances the colors of the flowers.

Jan Patrick and her crew have been hard at work on the exhibits in the farm shed and barn.  New and improved cranberry and lumber exhibits are currently being worked on in the space opened up when much of the farm equipment was moved to the shed.  As with any remodeling project, most of the area upstairs in the museum will be renovated and renewed.  It is exciting to see the progress.  Stop in any Thursday from 9-3 or the last Sunday of the month from 11-3 to check on the progress.

There was a discussion about a Spaghetti Dinner to be held next spring to raise money to fund the various projects.

Book 9 of the Stories of Our Lives series is in the research phase.  Marlene Neve is looking for information about the mossing operation that took place in the City Point area.  If you have pictures or stories to tell, you can contact her or stop in at the museum.

New Business included more planning on the upstairs renovations including the military and clothing display area.

Old buildings require constant repair.  It was noticed that the ramp leading to the main door is cracking.  This will have to be taken care of before winter to lessen further damage.

Docents for August and September were recruited.

Motion to adjourn


The July 8 (2021) meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by Vice President Gloria Dibble.  The Secretary and Treasurer reports were presented and approved.

Old Business included a report from the grounds and garden chairperson.  The gardens are being edged and weeded to prepare them for wood mulch.  The paint on the steeple and school needs to be touched up when the weather is good.

We will present a “Recess in the Past” library hour on July 20.  The children will be able to choose from several activities that the children played in the past.

A&R Plumbing  installed a tankless water heater under the kitchen sink and a new faucet.

Jan Patrick and Randy Fochs reported that they are about half  finished with the Barn and Shed project.  They are working on the displays in the shed.  Jan is working on the signage for the barn to give visitors the most accurate information about farming the the early 1900’s.

Our float took second place in the Organizations category of Fourth of July parade.  The theme of One Nation-One Flag was depicted with a large two sided mural that had an outline of the United States with a US flag super-imposed over it.

The first issue of the Heritage Magazine featuring Native Americans of central Wisconsin will be out the second week of July.  Chris Buchanan wrote about the Indian Pow Wows that were held in Riverside Park.  Complementary issue can be picked up at area businesses.

Under New Business Mary Czaja and Lynn Jankowski will be the docents for Sunday, July 25.  The museum will be open from 11-3.  Stop in to see the progress that is being made on the new displays and visit the gardens.

Motion to adjourn


The June (2021) meeting of the Pittsville Area Historical Society was called to order by President Chris Buchanan. Secretary and treasurer reports were presented and approved.

The first item of Old Business was a discussion about the barn and shed progress.  Boy Scout Troop 123 helped move farm related items from the museum into the farm shed May 28.  The scouts involved were Aiden Federwitz, Marcus Mapes, Logan Foemmel, Trace Wilke and Tristin Wilke along with their leaders Jack Wilke, Kari LaSee Wilke and Tanya Mapes. Wilke Construction finished landscaping around the barn and shed. Exhibits will be worked this summer.

Peg Rademan and Mary Czaja met with Ms. Meissner to choose leftover annuals from the high school greenhouse plant in our planters and in the garden bed in front of the new sign.  They will work on existing beds to get them ready to put down mulch later in summer. New grass seed will have to be watered every few days if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate.

Museum exhibits are being expanded and renovated now that space has opened up.

A brat fry is planned for Friday,  June 18 at the Cenex Station from 9-4.  Proceeds will be used to fund exhibit expenses.

We will have a float in the Fourth of July parade.  A committee has been formed to work on it. The theme is One Flag, One Nation.

New Business included a discussion about the library program to be presented July 20. The theme will be “Recess in the Past”.

The museum will be open from 9-3 each Thursday through October and the last Sunday of the month from 11-3.  Stop in to see what is happening with the new buildings and changes in older ones. If anyone has additional time to devote to your community, we will find a place to utilize your talents.