KEWASKUM 125

Kewaskum Historical Society Presents

Kewaskum's 125th Anniversary

Founder's Day Celebration

June 10, 11 & 12, 2022

River Hill Park – Kewaskum, WI

Woodland Sky Native American Dancers

June 11 3 PM

Downtown Harrison

June 11 Noon

Whiskey In Me Tea

June 11 10 AM

Randy Peterson Family Fun

June 11 1 PM

Whiskey Belles

June 11 5 PM

Kewaskum Big Band

June 10 5 PM

Goodtime Dutchmen

June 11 Noon

Rebel Grace

June 11 8 PM

Dwellers

June 10 7:30 PM

Woodland Sky Native American Dancers

June 11 3 PM

Kewaskum Big Band

June 10 5 PM

Dwellers

June 10 7:30 PM

Whiskey In Me Tea

June 11 10 AM

Randy Peterson Family Fun

June 11 1 PM

Goodtime Dutchmen

June 11 Noon

Downtown Harrison

June 11 Noon

Whiskey Belles

June 11 5 PM

Rebel Grace

June 11 8 PM

KEWASKUM, WISCONSIN

The Making of a Village

In 2020, the Village of Kewaskum celebrated the 125th Anniversary of its incorporation. In conjunction with this anniversary, the Kewaskum Historical Society has published a book documenting the village’s history.

With more than 300 pages and over 600 photos, this hardcover book includes detailed chapters with information about Chief Kewaskum, early pioneers, area businesses, schools, churches, local government, civic groups, and more.

Included throughout the book are memories from village residents, adding a personal touch to our already interesting village history. You will also find many historic photos, documents, maps and other items related to Kewaskum.

The Making of a Village Book

About the Authors

KEWASKUM WISCONSIN: The Making of a Village was co-written and designed by Kewaskum Historical Society volunteers Aaron Laatsch and Anne Trautner. Aaron is a fifth-generation Kewaskum resident with a passion for researching and preserving local history. Anne is a journalist with the Kewaskum Statesman who shares an interest in Kewaskum’s treasured past.


History of Kewaskum Special Exhibit

Now Showing. Visit The Tower Heritage Center to see a temporary exhibit highlighting the history of Kewaskum. The Tower Heritage Center is a museum located at 320 South 5th Avenue in West Bend. For hours and information, visit thetowerheritagecenter.org.

About the Authors

KEWASKUM WISCONSIN: The Making of a Village was co-written and designed by Kewaskum Historical Society volunteers Aaron Laatsch and Anne Trautner. Aaron is a fifth-generation Kewaskum resident with a passion for researching and preserving local history. Anne is a journalist with the Kewaskum Statesman who shares an interest in Kewaskum’s treasured past.

History of Kewaskum Special Exhibit

Now Showing. Visit The Tower Heritage Center to see a temporary exhibit highlighting the history of Kewaskum. The Tower Heritage Center is a museum located at 320 South 5th Avenue in West Bend. For hours and information, visit thetowerheritagecenter.org.

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CELEBRATING KEWASKUM
125 Years of Community

Kewaskum's 125th Anniversary

Entertainment & Events Schedule

Entertainment & Events

Schedule

10 Friday

Friday Night June 10, 2022
4:00 – 7:00 PM Fish Fry (Tickets Required)
Kewaskum Fire Department
East Side
5:00 – 6:30 PM Kewaskum Big Band
Big Band & Swing Music
East Side
7:30 – 11:00 PM Dwellers
Classic Rock
East Side
Wheelmen Antique Bicycles
Log Cabin Women

11 Saturday

Saturday June 11, 2022
10:00 – 11:30 AM Whiskey In Me Tea
Irish Fiddle & Guitar
West Side
11:30 AM Welcome Speech
River Hill Park
West Side
Noon – 1:30 PM Goodtime Dutchmen
Polka Music
West Side
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Randy Peterson
Fun Program for Kids
East Side
Noon – 2:00 PM Downtown Harrison
Entertainer
East Side
3:00 – 4:30 PM Woodland Sky Native American Dancers
Dance, Story & Song Theatrical Presentation
Base of the Hill
5:00 – 7:00 PM Whiskey Belles
Country Music
East Side
8:00 – 11:00 PM Rebel Grace
Country Music
East Side
Dusk Fireworks
A short fireworks tribute show. View from the bandstand area (East Side).

12 Sunday

Sunday June 12, 2022
8:00 AM Historic Hustle 5K Run/Walk
TRiE Fitness
Benefiting Kewaskum Elementary PTO
Start Location: South End of Parkview Dr.
12:00 Noon Founder's Day Parade
Guaranteed to be mammoth!
Start Location: North End of Parkview Dr.
Post Parade UW Marching Band Members
5th Quarter Presentation
Location: 9/11 Memorial
Post Parade Brat Fry
Location: 9/11 Memorial
3:00 PM Kewaskum Family Presentation
Location: Kewaskum High School Theater

Woodland Sky Native American Dancers

An authentic and colorful theatrical presentation of dance, story, and song. Dancers and singers of all ages from five tribal nations. A perfect family event!

Saturday at 3 PM

Also Featuring

In addition to live music and great food, a multitude of family-friendly activities will be featured at the park during this 3-day historic celebration. There is something for everyone — carriage rides, petting zoo, craft vendors, history displays — and more!

Pioneer Encampment

History Displays & Museum

Kids' Activities

Food Vendors

Petting Zoo

Refreshments

Craft Vendors

Carriage Rides

Fireworks

Burgers & Brats by Kewaskum FD

Shuttle Bus

And Much More!

Historic People Under Historic Hustle Sign
Historic Hustle Logo

Kewaskum's 125th Anniversary

Historic Hustle

5K RUN/WALK

Run through time at the Kewaskum Historic Hustle 5K Run/Walk! This fun run will start at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday at the south end of Parkview Drive.

The course will take participants south down the historic Eisenbahn State Trail, a flat & easy course, and return on the same trail to finish at the Museum. This will be a professionally-timed event, but it is open to all levels of runners and walkers. All paid participants receive a T-shirt. Proceeds benefit Kewaskum Elementary PTO library renovation project.

Volunteers are needed for everything, from aid station support to course marshals. We would greatly appreciate the assistance!

Kewaskum's 125th Anniversary

Kewaskum Family Presentation

SUNDAY at 3 PM

Kewaskum High School Theater

Who was Chief Kewaskum, the Potawatomi Chief after whom the Village and Town were named? Meet Val and Joie, as they share memories about their grandmother, Maggie Kewaskum, a Potawatomi girl who was born circa 1911 and who grew up on an Indian reservation in Kansas.

Native American Red Sparrow

Free admission, but space is limited.

To reserve a spot, contact

Aaron Laatsch or Anne Trautner at

kewaskum125th@gmail.com or 262-203-2683.

Pioneer Camp Fiddle Player
Pioneer Camp Cooking

Pioneer Encampment

Take a walk back in time through the pioneer encampment along the Milwaukee River. Re-enactors represent early pioneers, dressed and living as they would have hundreds of years ago. Interact with them and hear stories from a time gone by. Enjoy history brought to life!

Friday and Saturday

Kewaskum's 125th Anniversary

Founder's Day Parade

Sunday, June 12 at Noon

A Mammoth Parade

Step-off at 12 Noon

Kewaskum's Founder's Day Parade is guaranteed to be mammoth! The theme for this special event is Kewaskum Celebrates 125 Years!  After the parade, members of the UW Marching Band will perform the 5th Quarter at the 9/11 Memorial! Businesses, non-profit organizations, and families are encouraged to enter a float or walking group. Complete the parade entry form and join the fun!

Parade Route

From North End of Parkview Dr.

South on Parkview Dr. to Main St.

West on Main St. to Fond du Lac Av.

North on Fond du Lac Av. to Second St.

Ending at 9/11 Memorial

UW Marching Band Members

Kewaskum's 125th Anniversary

Major Sponsors

A large part of what you experience at Kewaskum's 125th Anniversary Celebration is because of these amazing sponsors. Thank you!

Kewaskum Chamber of Commerce Logo Drexel Building Supply Logo Regal Ware Logo Westbury Bank Logo Geidels Piggly Wiggly Logo Village of Kewaskum Logo Kewaskum Historical Society Logo
Kewaskum Historical Society Logo Design Contest Winner

Kewaskum's 125th Anniversary

Logo Design Contest

Kewaskum's 125th Anniversary Founder’s Day Celebration Committee announced the winner of the 125th Anniversary Logo Contest in January 2019. Jennifer Sterr designed the winning logo, among a field of 94 entries. Jennifer also created a second variation of the logo to be used on banners on Main Street.

The logo background depicts the Kettle Moraine State Forest, which is fitting for the village named “Gateway to the Kettle Moraine State Forest”. The feathers and arrowhead are a subtle nod to Chief Kewaskum of the Potawatomi nation whom Kewaskum was named after. In the foreground is a farm field which represents Kewaskum’s rich agricultural past and present. The parent and child in the canoe enjoying time on the Milwaukee River represents the many outdoor activities modern-day Kewaskum has to offer.

Thank you to these sponsors

Sponsors of Jennifer's $1,000 prize were Dairy Queen, The Fifth Quarter, Hon-E-Kor and Tennies Ace Hardware.

Kewaskum 125th Logo

Kewaskum's 125th Anniversary

Founder's Day Celebration

June 10, 11 & 12, 2022

River Hill Park – Kewaskum, WI

Contact

For more information or to find out how to get involved, please contact:

  • Aaron Laatsch
  • Kristy Vogt
  • aaronlaatsch@gmail.com
  • Kewaskum Historical Society
  • P.O. Box 394
  • Kewaskum, WI 53040-0394
  • Follow Us

Tickets

Fish Fry advance tickets can be purchased at:

Friday Fish Fry
  • Westbury Bank
  • The Fifth Quarter
  • Geidel's Piggly Wiggly
  • Fire Dept. Members

Parade Route

The Parade steps off at Noon from the north end of Parkview Drive:

South on Parkview Dr. to Main St.

West on Main St. to Fond du Lac Av.

North on Fond du Lac Av. to Second St.

Ending at 9/11 Memorial

Shuttle Bus Locations

Pick up/drop off every 15-20 minutes:

Downtown Kewaskum Parking Lot
140 Main St.

Peace United Church of Christ
270 Main St.

Regal Ware, Inc.
1675 Reigle Dr.

River Hill Park
1202 Parkview Dr.

River Hill Park
1149 Riverview Dr.

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