Author Talk: Frank Wolf Presents “Founding Mazomanie”

Courtesy Wisconsin Historical Society

Courtesy Wisconsin Historical Society

Contributed by the Mazomanie Historical Society

MAZOMANIE—Frank Wolf, former president of the Mazomanie Historical Society and local historian, will give an illustrated talk on his new publication, Founding Mazomanie, in the Mazomanie Community Building at 1:30 p.m. April 14. The free talk, which is open to the public, will be followed by a Q&A and book signing and refreshments will be served.

In a news release announcing the book, Wolf states that he considers this publication a “followup” of the 1900 publication The History of the Township and Village of Mazomanie, a centennial project written by superintendent William Kittle with the assistance of students of the Mazomanie School.

At the 2011 MHS annual meeting of the society, Wolf gave the program on his earlier work, Ghost Town Dover and the British Temperance and Emigration Society, published in 2010. This book was also an extension of a portion of the Kittle book with detailed information on early immigrants and their genealogical backgrounds. The village of Dover is described in detail as the settlement village of the emigration society.

The cover photo of Wolf’s new publication, provided by the Wisconsin Historical Society, is one of the earliest photographs made of Mazomanie by Andreas Dahl, who photographed people and scenes in Dane County mostly during a 10-year period in the 1860s and ’70s.

In his latest contribution to village history, Wolf focuses on why this particular site was chosen, the selection of Mazomanie as the name of the village and its first settlers and businesses. The book has an index and comes with a CD containing all the people researched.


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