The McFarland Chocolate Fest is coming soon!  October 8th from 7 to 9:30 PM at the Curling Club, 4802 Marsh Rd. in McFarland.  Get your tickets NOW at McFarland State Bank or order online - see upper right hand corner of this page.


Thanks to everyone who helped with and attended the Strawberry Shortcake Social.  

What a great time was had by all!  The fresh strawberry shortcake was truly the best in McFarland and maybe the World!  Dogs Dash and Savvy delighted the crowd with their tricks. The Ladies' quartet, Harmony on Call, sang lots of old favorites and received hearty applause.  There were about 200 people who attended and 20 were in costume.  McFarland resident and bright young person Violet Gletty-Syoers won first place in the costume contest.  So sorry if you missed the lawn games, the music inside and outside, the tours of the Larson House Museum and the excellent food.  Nearly $700 was raised to "Float the Boat" in the new addition to the McFarland Historical Society Museum.



FLOAT the BOAT project

New Addition for the Museum on Main Street

The board of directors had a ground breaking ceremony as work will soon begin to add 17 feet to the back of the museum for a records and meeting room and a large display area.  An ancient row boat with both ends pointed will be restored and displayed. A new records center will allow for a more presentable and inviting front lobby for visitors.  John Wendling has come forward to name the boat after his beloved wife, Ruth Larson Wendling who passed away in 2009.  Board member Corrine Niedenthal has come forward to name the records room and made another large donation.  The total cost of the project is about $40,000.  We invite you get involved by donating at the platinum ($2000), gold ($1000), silver ($500), or bronze level ($200).  Your name, photo and bio* would be placed on a plaque in the display room.  Or, be in the "Float the Boat" book for $25.  You could also volunteer to help restore the boat.  Contact Dale Marsden - 608-838-3992.  

*Platinum has up to 300 word bio about the donor, 200 for gold, 100 for silver, just the name and photo for bronze.

Here is a photo of this type of boat rented out by John and Obed Larson at Larson's Beach Resort many years ago:

Here are the plans for the new addition:



New Exhibit in the Museum


Board members Dale Marsden, Dick Kohl, Don Peterson, Bob Kolek and Wes Licht planned and constructed a new 1920's kitchen in the Museum on Main Street.  New wall board and "wainscot" half way up the walls make the room so much nicer and more realistic.  The kitchen features a Hoosier cabinet and an oak ice box plus many interesting details appropriate for this era.



McFarland Historical Society 
The McFarland Historical Society offers a well-developed Museum, Norwegian log cabin, and an annex featuring early farming displays located at 5814 Main Street in McFarland, and the Larson House Museum is a short walk away at 6003 Exchange Street.  The facilities are open to the public every Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4 PM from Memorial Day to mid September.  Group tours can be arranged by appointment with Dale Marsden at 608-838-3992 for the Museum, log cabin and annex, and with Jane Licht at 608-838-8178 for the Larson House Museum.  The Society offers publications on various aspects of local history, special educational events, and lively annual meetings in March.
Thanks to Steve Cheramy for these video clips of McFarland events from the 1960's.
There is also a wedding video from 1952.