McFarland Historical Society News

Annual Meeting Sunday, March 4, 2018

We are very pleased that Michael Edmonds will be our guest speaker at the annual meeting.  He will present “Warriors, Saints and Scoundrels: Brief Portraits of Real People Who Shaped Wisconsin,” on Sunday, March 4 from 1 to 3:30pm at the McFarland Municipal Building.

Michael Edmonds is the Director of Programs and Outreach at the Wisconsin Historical Society and has written several books on various aspects of Wisconsin history.  He is a 1976 graduate of Harvard and has taught part time at the UW-Madison since 1986.  In this talk at our meeting, he will tell us about some of the strange and colorful people who helped shape our state, and why the Wisconsin Historical Society wanted to publish a book full of short sketches of obscure eccentrics.

We invite you to attend the McFarland Historical Society annual meeting to experience Michael Edmond’s fascinating presentation.  You will also learn the name of our “Volunteer of the Year,” and about progress on the log cabin and row boat restorations.

This year we will play a special video about the history and restoration of the Larson House that you will not want to miss because you may be in it!  There will also be special treats including Wisconsin wines to sample.



Very Victorian Christmas

Every room in the Larson House Museum was decorated for our Very Victorian Christmas.  We were part of Christmas in the Village on Saturday, Dec. 2nd and had well over 100 visitors.  Free tours, fancy treats, and hot beverages were enjoyed by all..  Holiday music was played on the piano, lovely gift baskets were sold (all but three), and youngsters listened to a reading of “T’was the Night Before Christmas.”  Christmas carols were be sung around the tree in the living room.  More visitors voted for the dining room as their favorite decorated room this year.

The Larson House Museum was also open Sundays in December from 1 until 4 pm.  Christmas music was played on the piano and a reading of “T’was the Night Before Christmas” was given for the children in attendance.  Two book clubs, a Red Hat ladies’ group and a private dinner party were held at the Larson House during the holidays.