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was on hand to meet with the society members, participate in the society's
elections. In parting congratulations to the emerging society, Taylor told the
members that he should be called "Jim."
society had expected to spend several years collecting for a museum, but when
James Taylor of Mequon was visiting Betty Mindemann, and was told of the new
society he came forward with $100,000 from the family foundation.
society used the money to purchase the old Northwestern Railroad Depot, a
piece of the community history in its own right, as the museum to house a
collection of Sussex, Lisbon and Lannon collectibles. A small part of the
already assembled collections will also include historical items from Lake
Five and Colgate.
Fire Chief Colin "Corky" Curtis kicked off Wednesday night's
festivities with a 20-minute computer-generated slide program of the Sussex
was a series of artifacts on display, the most recent accepted was a 1939-46
baseball uniform for the then Sussex men's Land O' Rivers baseball team worn
by the late Dave Johns, donated by his sister, Gloria Johns Donald.
the election for officers there was some shuffling, and some retention. Henry
Carlson was re-elected as president.
Betty Mindemann stepped down as vice president, but will concentrate on being
the curator of the James Taylor collection, which will form half of the
museum. The new vice president will be Lisbon resident Mike Reilly.
Haasch became secretary with the former secretary Sherree Schweiger becoming a
director. Joanne Smith was retained as treasurer. Roger Johnson was elected as
voted for the new name of the quarterly newsletter by dropping ballots into
a sealed box. Members were asked
to pick from the following suggestions: "The Diggings," "The
Artifacts," "Limestone Messenger," "The Weavings,"
winning name will not be released until the June newsletter goes out.
projects planned for 2003 include painting the interior of the depot,
refurbishing the outside, landscaping the front step and the removal of the
box elder jungle between the back end of the lot and the adjacent Bug Line
Trail county park.
society will be participating in the late August Old Engine Show flea market, and registering with Pick 'n Save to be part of its charity donation
SLAHS will also have a float in the Lions Daze Parade and will give some
walking tours of historic Sussex.
Christmas time it is hoped that a program for visiting historic homes in the
village can be arranged.
40 society members attended the first meeting with 30 being charter members.
About 10 new members were signed up during and after the meeting.
was officially formed in March 2002.
membership brochures can be obtained at the local library or the Sussex
Village Hall. In its first year over
70 charter members joined the SLAHS.
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