Wisconsin History Tour logoWisconsin History Tour
August 2-28

The Wisconsin History Tour: Sharing Wisconsin's Stories One Community at a Time is a statewide outreach program conducted by the Wisconsin Historical Society.  The Tour centers on a handcrafted traveling exhibit and history-related programming that offer a sampling of the history and stories that the Society has been gathering since its founding in 1846  — ranging from a Civil War soldier’s letters home, to Wisconsin shipwrecks and maritime stories from the Great Lakes.

Wisconsin Historical Society logoHistory will come alive August 19-23 when history book authors, genealogists, architects, partners, and storytellers, join the Tour to present special programs for all ages.

The Tour's Verona stop is supported locally by the Verona Public Library, Edelweiss Cheese, Gray’s Tied House, and more. The Tour is generously underwritten in part by the Kohler Trust for Preservation with additional support from the Judd S. Alexander Foundation, American Printing, Racine Community Foundation, Culver's, the Murco Fund, and We Energies Foundation.


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Each year the library encourages summer reading through incentives, activities, and events. The Summer Reading Program costs $9,000 annually. The Friends of the Verona Public Library fund the entire program.  Support the Summer Reading Program by joining the Friends.  By joining you also receive 1/2 off on Friends book sale items year round.  Use Paypal to join the Friends of the Library.




Check out the Verona Public Library Garden!





1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The library has launched an important new initiative to improve children's reading readiness.   We need your help to raise $10,000 to get 1,000 kids exposed to 1,000 Books before Kindergarten!
Learn more.


Upcoming Events

Early Childhood Music

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Wed, 07/30/2014 - 6:00pm


Registration is FULL.
This Early Childhood Music event encourages parents to actively participate in early childhood music with their son/daughter. Throughout this class, young children will hear and participate in music in a variety of tonalities, meters, textures, and timbres while using their singing voice and bodies through movement. Parents are encouraged to fully interact with their child while singing, dancing, and participating in the music making experience. Parents will also receive a handout at the end of the class with all the words of the songs so that they can continue to use these songs in the future with their children. Children ages 9 months through 4 years are welcomed.

Free Kids' Movie: Frozen

frozen movie art

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 1:30pm

Watch Frozen on our big screen, snacks provided. Rated PG. Run time 102 minutes.

Free English Classes for Adult Spanish Speakers

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 6:00pm

The Verona Public Library will be offering free English classes for adult Spanish speakers from June 10 through July 31.  Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dinner will be provided from 5:30 to 6 p.m.  Free on-site child care and programs for school-age children will also be available.

Registration is required and is limited to 20 adult participants, age 18 or older.  To register, contact Yamileth Ruiz at 608-228-4839.  This program is presented in partnership with the Literacy Network, and is sponsored by a grant from Epic.

Growing Up, Growing Down


Sat, 08/02/2014 - 10:00am

Create a mini-terrarium out of a recycled 2-liter bottle. Seeds and dirt will be provided. Watch your plants grow up, and see what parts grow down into the soil. Email a picture of your terrarium and we will post it on our Facebook page!

SAQA Art Quilt Trunk Show

Quilt by Frieda Anderson

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 7:00pm


Explore the diversity of art quilts at the SAQA Art Quilt Trunk Show.  These unique quilts showcase the talents of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA).  The show is presented by local quilter and Wisconsin and Illinois representative for SAQA, Pat Kroth, who will be on hand to answer questions. 

The trunk contains 51 unique small 7-by-10-inch quilts, made by quilt artists from around the world.  These imaginative quilts use a wide variety of styles, techniques, and fibers that illustrate how far quilts can go beyond the traditional.  This program is free and open to the public.

Quilt credit:  Aspen Tree by Frieda Anderson

Free Kids' Movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

cloudy with a chance of meatballs 2 movie art

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 1:30pm

Watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on our big screen, snacks provided. Rated PG. Run time 95 minutes.

Spanish/English (Español-Inglés) Story Time


Sat, 08/09/2014 - 10:30am

Bi-lingual story times are a great way to learn a new language. Participants can listen to stories, sing songs, and meet new friends. 
La hora de cuentos bilingües es una gran manera de aprender una nueva idioma. Los participantes pueden escuchar cuentos, cantar canciones, y conocer a nuevos amigos.

Read It & Eat Kids' Book Group: Tesla's Attic by Neal Schusterman

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Wed, 08/13/2014 - 4:00pm


Join our kids' book group, where we discuss and eat snacks inspired by the book. This month's pick is Tesla's Attic by Neal Schusterman. Ages 9-12. Registration required.

Copies of the book are available at the Children's desk or place a hold online.

Free Kids' Movie: The Lego Movie

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 1:30pm

Everything is awesome! Watch The Lego Movie on our big screen, snacks provided. Rated PG. Run time 101 minutes.

Scare That Crow!


Sat, 08/16/2014 - 10:00am

Learn a little bit about crows and why they like your garden so much.

We will create a large scarecrow to put in the garden. You can create a smaller one to take home!

Wisconsin History Tour Programs: Landscapes & Architecture

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Tue, 08/19/2014 (All day)

Meet & Greet at the Exhibit
10:30 am
Join Wisconsin History Tour hosts, Jim Draeger and Mary Jane Connor at the Verona Public Library for coffee, and a personal welcome and guided tour of the exhibit.  Free.

History Sandwiched In—Wisconsin in Watercolor: The Farmscapes of Paul Seifert

Paul Seifert landscape

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:00pm


Discussion of current Wisconsin Historical Museum exhibit.

Wisconsin Historical Museum curator Joe Kapler and UW-Madison doctoral candidate Sarah Anne Stolte explore the Wisconsin landscapes and life of German immigrant Paul Seifert.  Bring your lunch and your observations!  Free.

Wisconsin Lighthouses: A Photographic and Historical Guide

Wisconsin Lighthouses

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:00pm


Book talk and signing with authors Ken and Barb Wardius.

Ken and Barb, co-authors of this Society Press book, will discuss Wisconsin’s lighthouses – the beacons of Wisconsin’s rich maritime traditions – including the little-known lights of the Madison-area Four Lakes region.  Free.

Building Taliesin


Tue, 08/19/2014 - 7:00pm


Book talk and signing with author Ron McCrea.

Admire the uncomplicated architectural lines – and complicated life story – of Wisconsin’s most famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Former newspaper editor Ron McCrea will share recently uncovered photographs of Wright’s first Taliesin.  Free.

Wisconsin History Tour Programs: Genealogy Day

Wed, 08/20/2014 (All day)

Preserving Family Treasures

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Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:00am


Archival techniques with Wisconsin Historical Society conservators Robin Carlson and Sara Andrews.

Many of us have some treasured items passed down from family members, whether quilts, letters, cookbooks, photographs or an old home movie. Many of us also create or collect things today that we value, and wish to pass on, be it digital photographs, scrapbooks, clothes or jewelry. Do you have questions about how to preserve these items, or how to find help to restore them?  Then this presentation is for you. Come to learn about the best practical ways to handle, store or show off these treasures, and find out when and where to seek the help of a professional conservator if you need to. Free.

History Sandwiched In - Risking Everything in “Freedom Summer”

Risking Everything book

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:00pm


Book talk and signing with author Michael Edmonds (bring your lunch!)

Join the deputy director of the Society’s Library-Archives Michael Edmonds for a talk about those who risked everything for civil rights in the South. This event includes a special preview screening of the American Experience documentary, “Freedom Summer,” based on the Society’s collection.  Free.

Learn how to Dig Deep into Your Family and Local History

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Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:00pm


Presented by Jim Hansen, genealogy reference librarian, and Lee Grady, senior reference archivist.

Learn how to research your own local and family history using the Society’s collections housed nearby in Madison and the Area Research Centers Network with locations sprinkled throughout Wisconsin. Learn how to access the Society’s online web services to help you find important information located anywhere in the United States. Free.

When Boys Wore Dresses and Girls Wore Pants

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Wed, 08/20/2014 - 6:30pm


Presented by Leslie Bellais, curator of social history at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Before the late 18th century parents dressed their children as miniature adults, but with the dawning of a new century, mothers embraced a new concept – “children’s clothing.” This  style did not differentiate their young children by gender.  Leslie Bellais will enhance her presentation with children’s clothing from the Society’s collection.  Free.

Wisconsin History Tour Programs: Wisconsin Food Ways

Thu, 08/21/2014 (All day)

Wisconsin's Fur Trade

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Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:00am


Living history program for kids of all ages.

Learn about Wisconsin’s fur trade business and the blending of cultures that resulted from this early industry. Meet two unique characters, a voyageur and his part-Ojibwe wife, who will talk about what Wisconsin was like during their lifetime.  Free.

History Sandwiched In - Creating Dairyland

Creating Dairyland

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:00pm


Book talk with author Ed Janus, plus a cheese tasting.
Why is Wisconsin the Dairy State? Bring your lunch – and your appetite for Verona’s Edelweiss Cheese Shop cheese samples – to discover how caring for cows saved our soil, created our landscape, brought prosperity to our state, and shapes our way of life in Wisconsin.  Free.

Pendarvis: Mining Town Life

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 2:00pm


Presented by Tamara Funk, Curator, Pendarvis.

Discover the history of the mining town of Mineral Point, now home to Pendarvis, a Wisconsin Historical Society  site. Learn about the early European immigrants and miners that settled the area, and the ongoing relationship of Pendarvis with early immigrant foodways at the nationally acclaimed restaurant that long called Pendarvis home.  Go home with some of the recipes that make Mineral Point unique!  Free.

Books 'N Booze Club at Pasqual's Cantina

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 5:30pm

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell August 21st

Karen Russell's debut novel, Swamplandia!, is a modern Southern Gothic.  Taking place in the Florida Everglades and revolving around a clever 12 year-old girl, this comedy of despair was one of three finalists for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The novel is full of magical realism, creating a world where fantasy and reality intermingle and become indistinguishable.   Please join us to discuss this original and darkly humorous novel at Pasqual's Cantina, located at 100 Cross Country RD in Verona at 5:30 p.m.  We hope to see you there! 

"We don't urge readers to drink, we urge drinkers to read!"​

Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin’s Historic Bars & Breweries

Bottoms Up book

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 6:00pm

Dinner and Discussion with author Jim Draeger.

Celebrate the history of Wisconsin taverns and the breweries that fueled them with Society Press author and Wisconsin Historical Society director of outreach, Jim Draeger. This entertaining program includes dinner (and beer!) on the grounds of the historic 1855 Quivey’s Grove estate.

The cost for this event is $35 dollars, with a 10-percent discount to Wisconsin Historical Society members. To sign up for Taste Traditions, call 608-264-6555 or online at shop.wisconsinhistory.org. Limited seats.


Wisconsin History Tour Programs: Commerce in Our State

Fri, 08/22/2014 (All day)

Crafting History the Mary Nohl Way

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Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:00am


Presented by Mary Jane Connor.

Mary Nohl, a Milwaukee-born artist, made art in unusual places out of ordinary things. Kids will learn to follow her artistic example by making sculptures using items from home. Bring things like paperclips, pennies and beads, and make a Mary Nohl-inspired head sculpture to take home.  RSVP by Monday, Aug. 18, to Mary Jane Connor at maryjane.connor@wisconsinhistory.org. Limit: 20 seats.  Free.

History Sandwiched In - Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Retreats

Return to Wake Robin

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:00pm


Book talk and signing with author Marnie Mamminga (bring your lunch!)

Travel with Society Press author Marnie Mamminga through a five-generations journey to her family’s Northwoods cabin, Wake Robin – recently highlighted on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Chapter A Day. Free.


Farm Stories with Jerry Apps

Jerry Apps

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 7:00pm


Book talk and signing with author Jerry Apps.

Celebrated rural historian Jerry Apps will share memories of life on the farm, drawn from his many Wisconsin Historical Society Press books — including Old Farm: A History; Limping through Life: A Farm Boy’s Polio Memoir; and The Quiet Season: Remembering Country Winters, among others – and his recent Wisconsin Public Television documentaries. Jerry’s books will be for sale, and a book-signing will follow.  Free.

Wisconsin History Tour Programs: Family Fun Day

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:00am

Old World Experience: Verona
Wisconsin History Tour Celebration
Saturday Fun 10 am-2 pm

Fun for all ages!  Bring the whole family to the Verona Public Library for scavenger hunts, old-fashioned kite decorating, prizes, snacks and more.  Also on tap is a free Prohibition-style soda tasting courtesy of Verona's own Gray's Tied House. Free.

Pedal “Wheel Fever” Event

Wheel Fever

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:00am


Book talk and optional bike ride.

Learn from Wisconsin Magazine of History author and bicycling historian David Herlihy about early pedaler and daredevil David Lenz, who biked across Wisconsin in 1892. An optional bike ride follows on the Military Ridge Bike Trail to the Mount Horeb Historical Society (about 12 miles, where cookies and lemonade await). The bike ride will begin from the Verona Public Library parking lot. Bikers will return to Verona at their leisure; trail permits are required. Book talk is free.

Spanish/English (Español-Inglés) Story Time


Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:30am

Bi-lingual story times are a great way to learn a new language. Participants can listen to stories, sing songs, and meet new friends. 
La hora de cuentos bilingües es una gran manera de aprender una nueva idioma. Los participantes pueden escuchar cuentos, cantar canciones, y conocer a nuevos amigos.

One Room Schools

One Room Schools

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 11:30am


Book talk for young folks by author Susan Apps-Bodilly.

Enjoy an interactive presentation by Susan Apps-Bodilly, author of the new Society Press book for young readers, One Room Schools: Stories from the Days of 1 Room, 1 Teacher, 8 Grades. Free.

Osteoporosis Prevention

Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:00am

Program: 11 am-12 pm
Free bone density screenings: 10:30-11:00 am and 12-12:30 pm

Diet, exercise, and smoking cessation are your best protection against osteoporosis.  Learn more about your risk for osteoporosis and how you can protect your health.  Free bone density screenings will be available before and after the program from 10:30 to 11 a.m., and from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. This program is presented in partnership with Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, and is part of the GrapeVine Project, a free health education program for Wisconsin women that partners with local nurses. This program is free and open to the public.  To register, contact Nora at nmiller@wwhf.org or 608-251-1675, ext. 103

Technology for Small Business


Tue, 08/26/2014 - 6:00pm

When used correctly, technology can make your small business thrive.  Learn how to navigate the many technology options and decide what will work best for you.  At this program, you will learn how to become more productive, more efficient, and more responsive to customer needs by correctly implementing the latest technologies.  This program is presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation.  Registration is required.  To register, call the Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation at 608-257-5450. This program is free and open to the public.

Closed for Labor Day

Labor Day

Mon, 09/01/2014 (All day)

The library will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.

Family Story Time

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 6:30pm

Stories, songs and a craft for kids and families. Meets in the Story Room.
(First & third Tuesdays of the month)


EveryWoman’s Journal

Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 6:00pm

An EveryWomen’s Journal workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.  EveryWomen’s Journal is a program that teaches proactive health journaling techniques to women for increased self-awareness and to benefit their emotional and physical well-being.  Participants will learn journaling techniques through writing exercises, and will receive a free specially-designed journal, guidebook, pen, and health resource information.  This program is presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required and is limited to 15 participants. To register, contact Nora Miller at nmiller@wwhf.org or call 608-251-1675, ext. 103. 

Garden Gnomes for our Homes

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 10:00am

Gnomes stand guard in the gardens, all around Wisconsin. Learn why Gnomes are so popular, why people put them in their gardens, and what other kinds of creatures guard gardens. Create a guard for your garden or home.

Family Story Time

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 6:30pm

Stories, songs and a craft for kids and families. Meets in the Story Room.
(First & third Tuesdays of the month)

Books 'N Booze Book Club at Pasqual's Cantina

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 5:30pm

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

Winner of the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, Caleb Carr’s “The Alienist” is a historically accurate, modern psychological thriller.  The novel transports readers back to New York in the 1890s as the emerging field of forensic investigation attempts to thwart the new phenomenon of the serial killer.  Expertly researched, the novel reads like a Sherlock Holmes mystery rich with atmosphere, history, and a killer so unsettling it was also nominated for a Bram Stoker Award in recognition for "superior achievement" in horror writing.  Please join us to discuss this wonderfully complex book at Pasqual’s Cantina, located at 100 Cross Country RD in Verona at 5:30 p.m. We hope to see you there!

“We don’t urge readers to drink, we urge drinkers to read.”

Getting to Know Medicare

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Wed, 09/24/2014 - 6:30pm


Whether you’re new to Medicare or an experienced user, navigating the Medicare system can be challenging.   Join Jesse Grutz of the Retirement Classroom to learn the ins and outs of Medicare.  Medicare is always changing, so bring your questions and get answers from a qualified insurance professional.  This is an educational seminar, and no insurance products will be marketed or sold.  This program is free and open to the public.  

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