The benefits of membership to the Walworth County Historical Society include free admission and guided tour of the Webster House Museum. Room in the museum may be rented for meetings. You will also receive a newsletter with information about a variety of programs supported by the society.
In addition to the Webster House, the Historical Society also operates the 1889 Blooming Prairie Schoolhouse and the Sharon Town Hall. These structures are located on the Walworth County Fairgrounds. As part of its "Living History Program" the Society sponsors "1880 School Days." The programs are held in the Blooming Prairie School House. Former one room school teachers conduct sessions throughout the year: Spring, at County Fair time, and in the Fall. Children are taught in the morning and tour the Webster Museum in the afternoon. At the end of the session, students receive an 1875 style diploma.
The Webster House Museum is a restored Greek Revival house built in 1836, with a special emphasis on the Civil War period in the 1860's. It was the home of Joseph P. Webster who wrote patriotic songs and hymns. The Schmidt Library in the Resource Center is a repository for rare books, newspapers, early church and school records, atlases and maps, documents and paintings of the civil war period. The Museum also houses a mounted wildlife collection of birds and waterfowl from around the world.
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