Tales of FDL's pioneers April 17

How did a two-year legal tug of war over 80 acres play a critical role in the founding of Fond du Lac? Local historian Tracy Reinhardt will tell this story and others at 80 Acres and the Founding of Fond du Lac, at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17, a program in the Fond du Lac Public Library’s History at Home series. The program is free; no registration required.

Reinhardt, creator of the Rienzi Cemetery Walk and author of several local history books, including The Night the Churches Burned, will cover the county’s pioneer days with stories about the 80 acres, James Doty, the Tallmadge family’s migration to Wisconsin and others.

Reinhardt was born and raised in Fond du Lac County and has been collecting stories of family and early history for over 40 years. She created the cemetery walk in 2004 as a venue to teach Fond du Lac history. Reinhardt also is library director for the Fond du Lac County Historical Society.

History at Home is a series of programs on local and state history held the third Thursday of the month. Upcoming programs:

May 15: History of Memorial Day, presented by Wayne King

June 19: How Cows Created Wisconsin, presented by Ed Janus, author of Creating Dairyland

July 17: Fond du Lac Children’s Home, presented by Sally Powers Albertz

August 21: History of Bicycling in Wisconsin, presented by Nick Hoffman, author of Wheel Fever

In the photo: This 1836 plat map of the new village of Fond du Lac shows several lots that were given to pioneer Mason Darling to farm. But Darling bought more land to subdivide and sell, resulting in a legal tussle with James Doty’s Fond du Lac Land Co.

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