Visit Lakeside Park of yesteryear May 19

Take a trip back to Fond du Lac’s Lakeside Park in the 1920s, and what do you see? Local historian Tracy Reinhardt will present Lakeside Park Through Langdon’s Eyes two times at the Fond du Lac Public Library on Thursday, May 19, at 2 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m. The programs are free; no registration required.

Using slides and photos from the 1920s taken by the late Fond du Lac native Langdon Divers, Reinhardt will show the park as it was – marshland, used for boating in the summer and skating in the winter. She’ll show photos of the old pavilions, the trolley station and even the “Chute the Chutes” used for the swimming school.

Divers was born in Fond du Lac in 1902 and spent his professional years as an educator. Later in life, he shared his memories of the city’s early days through a regular newspaper column and frequent presentations around town, including the library. The library’s community art gallery is named after him.

Reinhardt was born and raised in Fond du Lac County and has been collecting stories of family and early Fond du Lac history for over 40 years. She is library director/archivist for the Fond du Lac County Historical Society.

The library’s monthly History at Home series focuses on stories of local and state history on the third Thursday of the month. To ease congestion and overcrowding, History at Home programs are offered twice, at 2 p.m. and at 6 p.m. Upcoming programs include:

 

  • June 16: Bootlegging and Moonshining in the Holyland
  • July 21: Prelude to War
  • August 18: Murder and Mayhem in 1800s Fond du Lac County
  • September 15: The Boys of Company E

 

In the photo: This photo taken by Langdon Divers in the 1920s shows the first swimmer's chute built on Lake Winnebago. Photo courtesy FDL County Historical Society. 

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