Lakeside Park: A FDL Treasure Feb 15

Time travel with historian Tracy Reinhardt to watch Lakeside Park turn from an untamed gem into the regional destination it is today. Reinhardt will offer Lakeside Park: A Fond du Lac Treasure at 2 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 15, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The History at Home program is free; no registration required.

Reinhardt’s presentations will include photos from the late historian Langdon Divers’ collection that show the park when Divers was a young man in the early 1900s. She’ll include photos from the Fond du Lac County Historical Society’s collection to illustrate the park’s evolution through the ages.

Reinhardt welcomes attendees to bring their own photos of Lakeside Park. They’ll be scanned in and returned; the digital files will be added to the Historical Society’s archives.

Lifelong resident Reinhardt grew up on a farm in Fond du Lac County. She is the Historical Society’s library director, past president of the Fond du Lac County Genealogical Society and former editor of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society newsletter. She’s delved into local history for more than 40 years and enjoys sharing what she’s learned.

The Lakeside Park presentation is a part of the library’s History at Home series every third Thursday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. that highlights stories of local and state history. Upcoming programs include:

  • March 15: Karen Kelley; Women’s History Month
  • April 19: Following the Train Tracks
  • May 17: 40 Years of Walleye Weekend
  • June 21: For the Love of Cheeses

In the photo: This photo from the collection of late historian Langdon Divers shows boathouses at Lakeside Park in the winter of 1922. 


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