June Brat Fry a Success – Watch for our next Brat Fry in August!
Thank you to everyone who helped us sell out of over 200 brats and lots of hot dogs. The aroma drew in crowds from Shoe Box shoppers and more. The morning crew of Black Earth Historical Society volunteers started at 9 am, with Gary Turk starting out the day cooking the brats (left). Our first customer of the day was Pat Mommaerts, Friends of the Black Earth Public Library president (far right). Brats were introduced to some newcomers as well – two young boys who had never experienced our Wisconsin tradition.
Black Earth History Museum Gets New $9,000 Roof, Donations Welcome
Thank you to the Black Earth community who pitched in to help with the new $9,000 roof for the museum. Randy and Shawn Page, plus two of their employees of Walking Iron Erectors in Black Earth replaced the roof and donated their labor in mid June. Volunteers from the Black Earth American Legion cleaned up shingles. Black Earth Historical Society member Debbie Ballweg kept everyone well fed and hydrated for two days with snacks and a hearty lunch of brats, sloppy Joes, coleslaw, pasta salad, watermelon, chips, brownies and beverages. The old roof was original to the museum when it was converted from a railroad depot in 1992, nearly 30 years ago. Fundraisers have helped offset about $4,000 of the cost so far in 2021, but donations are welcome for the new roof, please mail your check to the Black Earth Historical Society, P.O. Box 214, Black Earth, WI 53515.
Earthmen Stickers & 2022 Calendars for Sale
-Get your Earthmen sticker at the Black Earth History Museum at the Depot Sundays 1:00 to 4:00
$3 each or two for $5
-Also, reserve your Black Earth Historical Society 2022 calendar. Cost is $15; no pre-payment needed. The 2021 calendar sold out in a few weeks. Contact Gary Ballweg directly or through the Facebook group If you grew up in Black Earth you might remember.
New Displays at Black Earth History Museum at the Depot
The Black Earth History Museum at the Depot is now open Sundays for the summer season with new and updated displays. Black Earth Telephone Company & old telephones, vintage toys & dolls, an expanded farm display including Barsness Manufacturing items, Black Earth High School & rural school artifacts, vintage wedding dresses, and railroad items will be featured for the summer 2021 season. The Black Earth History Museum at the Depot will be open Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through September, 1:00 to 4:00. Private appointments to see the museum are available, contact Wayne Barsness at email@example.com.