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Ozaukee Historical Co-op Meeting

Vicki and Nick Schanen and John Enright attended this meeting last Saturday morning at the Mequon-Thiensville Historical Society on Green Bay Road in Thiensville. This meeting brings together all of the local historical societies.  The next meeting will be on April 22.

Here are some observations and learnings from John Enright, the archivist for the Grafton Historical Society, from this meeting:

  • Paid Death Notices are of much greater help to genealogy scholars than obituaries because they give more family names and relationships.  Obits are good too.
  • Save phone books.  Obtain old phone books if you can.
  • Young people have little interest in collected postage stamps—out of fashion.  Accept them if you are offered them and let an expert tell you the worth.
  • Maintaining buildings can be a huge expense.  Ozaukee County Historical Society has 22 of them.  Many of the societies have old buildings to support.
  • Mequon—Thiensville Historical Society is open every Thursday afternoon and some mornings.
  • Ozaukee County Historical Society is open on Tuesday.  Dr Nina Look, Archivist, encouraged me to stop in and she would give us some plat map.  I accepted and will visit soon.
  • The Freistadt—Trinity Church group has a great “Norman Rockwell” Fourth of July Parade.  It’s short!  Good food.  Bring your lawn chair.


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