History, World War I

Throwing Shade During WWI: The "Slacker" Part I

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

History, Winnebago County Courthouse

1938 Otis Elevator Equipment

The Winnebago County Courthouse elevator equipment has been in service since 1938, and sooner or later it will be replaced. Although it seems antiquated to us, back when the building opened it was considered top-of-the-line equipment. Three elevator shafts were built--two for public elevators and one for a jail elevator. A public elevator car and… Continue reading 1938 Otis Elevator Equipment

History

Winnebago County Highway Garage

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

History, Home History

Local Building Research #2

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

Courthouse

The Courthouse Light Returns

It's been two years since the quest began to bring this original Winnebago County Courthouse light fixture back home. My former supervisor and friend Isaiah and I have a mutual appreciation for architecture and history. Our courthouse is a beautiful example of the Depression Moderne style from the 1930s. I was fortunate in that he… Continue reading The Courthouse Light Returns

History, Projects

Historian for Hire

  Check out the new "My Work" tab in the About Me section on the menu bar. I've had inquiries from people in the last couple of months asking for my help with research requests on family┬ámembers or other local historical information. I've decided to put my skills and history degree to use to help… Continue reading Historian for Hire