Historical society sponsors open house, dinner
Upcoming events sponsored by the Fremont Area Historical Society will celebrate a pioneer family, Christmas and local history.
First will be a holiday open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Fremont Area Museum, N7403 State Highway 110, Fremont.
The festivities will include a display of angel figurines and other Christmas decor, refreshments and children’s activities.
Fresh evergreen wreaths will be for sale for $16.
A free fabric star ornament will be given to the first 50 visitors or until supplies run out.
The ornaments were made and donated by Aunt Dinah’s Quilting Party, which meets monthly at the museum.
The open house will be the last opportunity to view 2016’s special exhibits: “Yesterday’s Weddings,” which features bridal attire worn from 1896 through 2010, and “Ballot Box and Battlefield: The Will of the People,” which features local political issues and military veterans.
Additional exhibits include transportation pictures about the Yellowstone Trail, the improved road that arrived in Fremont in 1915, and a section devoted to one-room schools.
The museum building is an 1884 yellow brick that started as the one-room Beaver Dam School, served as the Fremont Town Hall from about 1960 to 2013, and now is home for the informative displays of the Fremont Area Historical Society.
Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
On the following Saturday, Nov. 26, the society will participate in the village of Fremont’s Christmas celebration and will host a dinner honoring the pioneer Maierhafer family.
The first Maierhafer to arrive in the town of Wolf River about 1853 was Eva Maierhafer Ulrich, from Germany.
Her brother Henry Sr. followed in 1872. His farm remains in the family today.
His descendants, several of whom still live in the town of Wolf River, will ride in the town’s Christmas parade and will light the village Christmas tree.
A dinner honoring the family will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at Hahn-A-Lula, 8861 Wolf River Road, south of Fremont in Orihula.
At the dinner, Leon Maierhafer, a great-grandson of Henry, Sr. who farmed his ancestor’s land, will tell tales about the family history.
Tickets are $16.25. The deadline for ordering the is Tuesday, Nov. 22.
People may place orders during the open house. call 920-594-1474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.