Double the history in April

Due to popular demand, there will be two History at Home programs in April at the Fond du Lac Public Library. Both programs are free; no registration required.

  • History of the Fond du Lac Children’s Home at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 14. This is a repeat program of the one presented on March 19. Presenter Sally Powers-Albertz agreed to a reprise to satisfy the dozens turned away from the standing-room-only turnout. Like many communities in the early 1900s, Fond du Lac struggled with how to care for orphaned or abandoned children. Fond du Lac decided that rather than send these children to big facilities in bigger towns and cities, they would care for them here in the Children’s Home. Active for more than 50 years, the Children’s Home was a sprawling complex located at 35 W. Follett St.
  • History of Wisconsin Supper Clubs at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16. Presented by Ron Faiola, author of Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old Fashioned Experience, and documentary filmmaker, the program will cover how supper clubs got their start in Wisconsin. Faiola also will share highlights and stories from his travels to more than 50 supper clubs around the state. A documentary of his supper club experience has been broadcast on PBS since 2011. His book, originally published in 2013, is now in its fifth printing, and Faiola is currently working on a sequel due in spring 2016. Faiola will have copies of his book for sale and signing.

The History at Home programs are offered at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. Upcoming programs include:

  • May 21: Historic Preservation, presented by the City of Fond du Lac
  • June 18: History of The Little Farmer, presented by Theresa Mayer
  • July 16: Following in their Footsteps: Local WWI Soldiers in Europe, presented by Wayne King and Maureen Betz
  • August 20: Moonshining and Bootlegging in the Holy Land, presented by John Jenkins
  • September 17: Railroading in Early Fond du Lac, presented by Tracy Reinhardt
  • October 15: Harry Houdini, presented by Emily Rock
  • November 19: Cathedral Mice of St. Paul’s



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