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We are saving more historic light fixtures from the Winnebago County Courthouse!
I can't help but be interested in the parallels of our current pandemic with the one in 1918. Naturally, I have been diving into the newspapers and trying to find any information/accounts/statistics of that horrible disease that swept the world back then. I stumbled upon this paper that sheds some light on our county's… Continue reading The Spanish Flu Experience in Winnebago County
Here are some of the headlines from the local Oshkosh Daily Northwestern newspaper on the early accounts of the "Spanish Flu" in the city.
Had you been around during World War I you would have lived through some things that would have made you say, "Uhhh, is this America?!" Yeah, things got that ugly. Freedoms were suspended, food was rationed, and your neighbor could get you arrested for saying gesundheit after a sneeze. There are a few of those… Continue reading Throwing Shade During WWI: The “Slacker” Part I
If I have not made it obvious, I work for Winnebago County as a maintenance technician and ensure our public buildings are running top notch. Besides learning new skills, I really enjoy learning about our buildings' histories--especially our courthouse. Our department operates out of the former Winnebago County Highway Department shop, and I never really… Continue reading Winnebago County Highway Garage
A few posts ago I talked about a house being considered for the Oshkosh Landmarks Commission Historic Plaque Program and the research I did for the property owners. Earlier this year we had another property owner express interest in having his property locally landmarked, which protects a structure's historic character from being drastically altered. The… Continue reading Local Building Research #2
I serve on the Oshkosh Landmarks Commission to help bring awareness to historic structures in Oshkosh and to help preserve them. A fun way we get people interested in the history of their structure is through our Historic Plaque Program. It is a way to recognize and catalog structures that have local historic and architectural… Continue reading Local Building Research
If you have read some of my other blog posts, you can tell by now that I have a passion for the Winnebago County Courthouse. I work for the county maintenance department and it's one of the buildings that I regularly work in. My supervisor, a super-awesome guy that cares about historical preservation as much… Continue reading Courthouse Photo Album
I've been exploring some really interesting local history lately that's right down the road from me. I live near Menominee Park in Oshkosh where there is a massive statue of Chief Oshkosh near the shores of Lake Winnebago. The bronze memorial to the chief was placed in the park in 1911, one of many statues generously donated by… Continue reading Chief Oshkosh Day