-Rummage Sale Items Needed
The Black Earth Historical Society is gearing up for the spring rummage sale fundraiser set for Friday & Saturday, April 16 & 17 from 9:00 to 3:00 at the Black Earth History Center, 1022 Blue Mounds Street. Your tax-deductible donation of household items would be much appreciated (sorry, no clothing or electronics). Please call Debbie Ballweg to arrange a drop off at the History Center.
-Historical Displays Downtown Black Earth Along Mills St.
A new historical spring + Easter display will be set up by members of the historical society at the Black Earth Children’s Museum as of Monday, February 22. The display will be visible from outside through the window, similar to the Barber sisters’ Christmas displays. It will be lit during evening hours. You still have time to catch our lovely St. Valentine display through Friday, February 19. After the spring display, an old toy/doll display will be created. Please consider donating toys and dolls for this display; call Gary Ballweg. And, yes, the handcrafted wooden works depicting a 100-year-old farm and sawmill is still up and visible from the window of the Black Earth History Museum at the Depot.
-New Name: Black Earth History Center
The headquarters & archives for the Black Earth Historical Society is now called the Black Earth History Center, members decided at the September meeting. The BE History Center is still housed in the former Congregational Church at 1022 Blue Mounds Street. The BEHS holds its monthly and annual meetings plus some of its special events at the History Center. A large collection of artifacts and historic photographs are kept in the 100 plus-year-old building. Archivist Carolyn Schafer and a Black Earth Public Library staff member are currently in the process of digitizing the BEHS's historic photographs at the History Center.
-New Name: Black Earth History Museum at the Depot
The name of depot museum in Black Earth has been refined to better describe the museum's content of Black Earth area items. The new official name is the Black Earth History Museum at the Depot. It contains historic displays, photographs and artifacts pertaining to our local heritage of farming, commerce, churches, civic groups, home life, military service and recreation. Explore the Black Earth History Museum at our reopening in May 2021.