New Addition Planned for the Museum on Main Street
The board of directors voted to add 18 feet to the back of the museum for a records and meeting room and a large display area. In the process, an ancient row boat with both ends pointed will be restored and the front lobby will become more presentable and inviting for visitors. John Wendling has come forward to name the boat after his beloved wife, Ruth Larson Wendling who passed away in 2009. Board member Corrine Niedenthal has come forward to name the records room and made another large donation. The total cost of the project is about $40,000. Marlene Richard and Cathie Richards are chairing the Lawn Party this year as a fund raiser for this project. We invite you get involved by donating at the gold ($1000), silver ($500), or bronze level ($200). Your name and photo would be placed on a plaque in the display room. Or, be in the "Float the Boat" book for $25. You could also volunteer to help restore the boat. Contact Dale Marsden - 608-838-3992.
Here is a photo of this type of boat rented out by John and Obed Larson at Larson's Beach Resort many years ago:
Here are the plans for the new addition:
New Exhibit in the Museum
Board members Dale Marsden, Dick Kohl, Don Peterson, Bob Kolek and Wes Licht planned and constructed a new 1920's kitchen in the Museum on Main Street. New wall board and "wainscot" half way up the walls make the room so much nicer and more realistic. The kitchen features a Hoosier cabinet and an oak ice box plus many interesting details appropriate for this era.
McFarland Historical Society
The McFarland Historical Society offers a well-developed Museum, Norwegian log cabin, and an annex featuring early farming displays located at 5814 Main Street in McFarland, and the Larson House Museum is a short walk away at 6003 Exchange Street. The facilities are open to the public every Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4 PM from Memorial Day to mid September. Group tours can be arranged by appointment with Dale Marsden at 608-838-3992 for the Museum, log cabin and annex, and with Jane Licht at 608-838-8178 for the Larson House Museum. The Society offers publications on various aspects of local history, special educational events, and lively annual meetings in March.
VIDEO CLIPS FROM THE 1960's
Thanks to Steve Cheramy for these video clips
of McFarland events from the 1960's.
There is also a wedding video from 1952.