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Mayville Tuesday Club members treated to historical museum tour

September 12, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

MAYVILLE - Tuesday Club members enjoyed learning about and touring Mayville's Historical Society Museum, presented by member Tony Brancato.

The building, he noted, was previously a railroad station and was replaced after an 1865 fire.

"In the 1880s, it became a tourism place for lots of visitors to Mayville," Brancato said. "Then there were a hundred plus hotels around the lake, 60 of them having docks."

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Mayville Tuesday Club members enjoyed exploring the village’s historical museum, conducted by volunteer and museum member Tony Brancato, right. Next to him is museum board member and club secretary Jean Kelsey as they enjoy watching a long-ago woman as she is about to lift a very heavy, old-fashioned iron to finish her day’s chores.

What the expansive museum contains is, "Mayville in the olden days," Brancato said. Examples range from benches from the early depot, area fire departments' memorabilia, an original voting machine and everything in between.

Because the building is not heated, the museum is only open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Fridays through Sundays.

"In addition, school and tour groups spring through fall may make appointments for special tours," club secretary and museum board member Jean Kelsey said. "Although there is no cost to visit, donations are always welcome."

Goodrich reminds those members who were not present last month dues are now payable for the 2012-13 year.

The Tuesday Club was organized in 1895 and federated in 1896 and meets seven Tuesdays of the year.



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