Richfield Historical Society

Richfield, WI


Richfield Historical Society Monthly Programs

Everyone is welcome to attend the Richfield Historical Society's (RHS) interesting programs presented monthly. The programs are held the 4th Thursday during the months of January–May; September–November. The November date may vary due to Thanksgiving. The programs start at 7pm and are held at the Richfield Fire Hall, 2008 State Road 175, Richfield, WI 53076.

The programs range from authors to impersonators to experts on various topics. There is something for everyone. Light refreshments are served after the program. No charge; donations appreciated to support the RHS projects.

Thursday, April 26, 2018             
Bill Volkert: “History, Ecology & Indian History of Horicon Marsh “

Formed by the glaciers of the last Ice Age, Horicon Marsh was a hunting ground for Native Americans for over 10,000 years.  However, in the past 150 years this marsh has been dammed and flooded to create a vast lake, over hunted by market hunters, and then ditched and drained to convert to agricultural purposes.

Today, Horicon Marsh is a restored wetland hosting over 300 species of birds and attracting thousands of people interested in wildlife.  This marsh has been recognized as a "Globally Important Bird Area" and a "Wetland of International Importance".  

Bill Volkert worked as the naturalist and wildlife educator for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at Horicon Marsh for 27 years, where he conducted more than 3,700 education programs for over 220,000 people.  His broad audiences included 66 delegations of scientists from 43 countries who came for professional training.  In his personal time, he has traveled widely in search of the world's birds and the wild places they inhabit.  His travels have taken him throughout Central and South America, across the Canadian Arctic, to Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Borneo, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and Mongolia. Come and enjoy learning about this wetland that is a nearby attraction.

Thursday, May 24, 2018              
Susan Apps Bodilly: "One Room Schools: Stories from the Day of 1 Room,
1 Teacher, 8 Grades"

Thursday, September 27, 2018     
Sally Jacobs: “McCormick & International Harvester Farming Equipment” 

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Richard Carlton Haney: “When is Daddy Coming Home? An American Family During WWII”  

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Jessica Michna: “ Margaret Cummins - Christmas at Balmoral”


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