Richfield Historical Society

Richfield, WI

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 26, 2018 ~ 7pm
“History, Ecology & Indian History of Horicon Marsh “

Eagles, wood ducks, double-crested cormorants, belted kingfishers and great blue heron -- these are just a few of the many species found at the Horicon Marsh.

Bill Volkert will present an overview of the geology, history, wildlife and ecological concerns for maintaining the health and integrity of this vast wetland....Read More

Spring Is Here -- Time for the RHS Annual Plant Sale

Once again Faust Greenhaus and Nehm's Greenhouse will be partnering with the Richfield Historical Society to provide you with healthy plants to beautify your yard....Read More

Step Back in Time
May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, 2018

Have fun doing the chores of yesteryear in the historic buildings located in Richfield Historical Park--ring a dinner bell, haul grain, grind coffee....Read More

Richfield Art at the Mill
Saturday, July 28, 2018

Call for Artists & Vendors

Artist Guidelines
Artist Application Form
Vendor Guidelines
Vendor Application Form

20th Annual Thresheree and Harvest Festival
Sat., Sept. 15 & Sun., Sept. 16
Photo Gallery - 2017 Thresheree

Christmas at Richfield Historical Park (Venue for Christmas in Richfield)
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018

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Upcoming Monthly Programs

Learn about Richfield Historical Park Tours

RHS in Action

Projects at the Park

Three project are in progress at the Richfield Historical Park. These are being done by the loyal, hardworking Thursday crew:

  1. Replacing the decaying front porch on the Mill House.
  2. Building a loft in the barn behind the Mill House to create additional storage space for artifacts.
  3. Installing air conditioning in the Lillicrapp Welcome Center and Mill House. A generous donation of the A/C equipment was made by an RHS member.

Sap Boiling, Children Listening to Stories, Smithies Pounding on Anvils

All this and much more was enjoyed at the 10th Annual Maple Sugar Family Day on March 24 at the Richfield Historical Park....Read More

Can You Help Richfield Historical Society Identify Old Photos?

The Richfield Historical Society (RHS) is lucky to have many photographs in its collection.  Some date back to the later 1800s. Most of the pictures are identified, but there are still quite a few that we cannot identify a person or location. This is one of them. Do you know this lovely lady with the stylish hat?....Read More

Traveling Trunk Enjoyed by 4th Graders

Items from long ago were taken to St. Peter's School (Slinger) and Richfield Elementary by Kathy Weberg, volunteer for the Society. A handmade wool lady's swimsuit was a big hit as well as a beaver coat. Many more items brought history alive for these eager 4th graders.

 

 

 

Messer/Mayer Mill Foundation Being Restored - South Wall in Place and Stone Facing In Progress!

In early 2018, the Messer/Mayer Mill will once again have a solid foundation. That will pave the way to "Get the Mill Grinding" -- the goal of the Richfield Historical Society. Way back in 2008, a friend of the Richfield Historical Society, Ivan Laubenheimer, left $100,000 to the Society....Read More

Read This Month's Interesting Story About the Messer Family's Journey to Richfield...Click Here

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Weekly Highlights

Historic Photo
Long ago, horses were used for traveling, plowing, and other farm labor. “When I was a child (member of Richfield homestead family), we had three horses, Fanny, Florry, and Prince. Fanny was the road horse. She took the milk to the cheese factory in Colgate every morning. My mother took her to go shopping in Colgate or Menomonee Falls. She was a grey speckled horse. Florry was a reddish brown. She was fast and sleek. She was a faithful worker but would bite if you got too close Prince was just, Prince, a good work horse.”

Park Building Featured
Located inside the Sugar Shack situated in the Richfield Historical Park is the equipment used to turn maple sap into delicious maple syrup. Last week, the holding tank was shown. The next step is to transfer sap into a preheating container. The sap then drips into the 150 gallon cooking pan. The heat source for cooking the sap is wood. Once the sap has cooked down to 7 gallons, it is close to being syrup The sugar shack is open at RHS events.

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 Past Features of RHS in Action

 

 

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