Hales Corners Historical Society
5885 South 116th Street, Hales Corners, Wisconsin 53130

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2017 Historical Society Programs

are held in the Ben Hunt room on the lower level of the Hales Corners Library (5885 S. 116th Street in Hales Corners).  They are free and open to the public.  All are welcome.  Please join us! 

Wednesday, February 1, 7:00 p.m.  
Old Abe, a Black Angel and Iron Men, Wisconsin in The Civil War

Presented by Lance Herdegan, Author and former Director of the Institute for Civil War Studies at Carroll University. 
His books include The Iron Brigade in Civil War and Memory and Those Damned Black Hats. The presentation focuses on the effects of the Civil War on the state of Wisconsin.  Refreshments will follow the presentation.

Wednesday, April 5, 7:00 p.m.  Through the Lens of a Master: the Photographs of Lyle Oberwise

Presented by Steve Schaffer, Asst. Archivist, Milwaukee County Historical Society.

View a series of color photographs used in the publication, Milwaukee at Mid-Century. This interactive presentation has the feel of a family slide show that only gets better with audience participation.  Refreshments will follow the presentation.

Wednesday, August 2, 7:00 p.m.  Milwaukee: City of Festivals

Presented by Ben Barbera, Curator, Milwaukee County Historical Society.

While most people now think of the festivals held at Henry Maier Festival Park, the origins of the city’s passion for festivals goes back to the mid-19th century—from the earliest Sangerfests and Turnfest to the major festivals of today.  An ice cream social will follow the presentation.

2017 program Bosch
Wednesday, October 4, 7:00 p.m.  The History of the Bosch Tavern

Presented by Al Strekow, President, Hales Corners Historical Society.

The Bosch Hotel and Tavern has been a fixture at the corner of Hwy. 100 and Janesville Rd. since 1904. Come hear about the number of names and owners it has had through those years, and how it has survived while other businesses all around it have disappeared.  Refreshments will follow the presentation.

2017 Open House at the Ben Hunt Cabin and Hale Summer Kitchen

The Hunt Cabin is open from 1-3 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month from May through November, except in July the open house is on July 4th from noon to 3 p.m.  Additionally, the Hunt Cabin is open in December during the Village of Hales Corners tree lighting event from 5:30 to 7 p.m.   The Hale Summer Kitchen will be open July 4th from noon to 3 p.m.

Would you like to be a Guide at the Hunt Cabin?

Volunteer guides are needed at the W. Ben Hunt Cabin.  Guides help at the open houses on the first Saturday of the month from 1-3 pm, and help with tours throughout the year.  Being a guide is a GREAT way to learn more about Ben Hunt and the artifacts in the cabin.  If you can help, please contact the guide coordinator at (414) 425-4619 (e-mail)

HCHS book cover
Hales Corners Wisconsin a History of the Village Since 1837

A publication of the Hales Corners Historical Society, January 2015.  340 pages with over 475 photos, illustrations and maps.  Soft cover.  Learn about the entertaining history of  Hales Corners from its frontier roots in 1837 to the community it is today.  To enlarge the image, click on it (jpg file). 

The book is available at the Hales Corners Library, 5885 S. 116th St. in Hales Corners.  The price is $25.00 ($20.00 for current members of the Historical Society go to Membership ).

Mail orders:  the shipping charge for mail orders is $6.00 (go to Publications for order form).

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