Hoard museum starts up new literary society

February 7, 2019

FORT ATKINSON -- Those interested in learning more about area history -- such as the Black Hawk War, the Indian mounds populating the vicinity and tiny communities that were settled long ago and have since disappeared -- are invited to join the Hoard Historical Museum’s new book club, the Hoard Historical Literary Society.

The club will meet at the museum, located at 401 Whitewater Ave. in Fort Atkinson, every other month on the second Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m. The first meeting will be held Wednesday, March 13, when the group will discuss “The Bark River Chronicles” by Milton J. Bates.

Bates paddled the meandering Bark River and tells the story of the people who settled and inhabited the towns along its banks, ending up in Fort Atkinson.

The book club is free to join; however, those interested in attending should contact the Hoard Historical Museum to sign up. To register, call the museum at 920-563-7769, email info@hoardmuseum.org or stop by to sign up in person.

Information on obtaining the books will be given to members when they register. Books will be available to check out from the Dwight Foster Public Library in Fort Atkinson or for purchase from the museum gift shop.

The formation of the Hoard Historical Literary Society is in conjunction with the 80th anniversary of the Fort Atkinson Historical Society. Founded in 1939, the mission of the Fort Atkinson Historical Society is to preserve, protect and promote the history and culture of Fort Atkinson and the surrounding area. In partnership with the city of Fort Atkinson, the Fort Atkinson Historical Society operates the Hoard Historical Museum.

The Hoard Historical Literary Society co-chairwomen are Bonnie Geyer and Karen Gomez.

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