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Honey Creek Log Cabin 20th Anniversary Celebration
To celebrate Wisconsin’s 150th statehood anniversary in 1998, the West Allis Sesquicentennial Committee organized fundraising efforts and a team of volunteers to move a historic log cabin from Sheboygan County to Honey Creek Park in West Allis to serve as a representation of the City’s early schools and pioneer past. This log cabin became the Historical Society’s Honey Creek Log Cabin Schoolhouse, a beloved West Allis icon.
Today, the Log School House provides education opportunities for local students studying Wisconsin history. Students visit this one-room classroom and experience a school day as it would have been conducted in the 1840s. A docent teacher adopts the persona of William Wallace Johnson or his sister, Marion Johnson Cooper, who were the first teachers at Honey Creek School. Students also join the City’s mayor each December to decorate a live Christmas tree with popcorn, cranberries, and handmade decorations, as the tree would have been decorated over a century ago.
The West Allis Historical Society and Historical Preservation Commission will hold a Twentieth Anniversary Recognition of the Sesquicentennial Committee’s work on Wednesday, May 16 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Log Cabin School House. The public is invited to tour the school house and enjoy light refreshments. Volunteers and donors who helped with the project in 1998, as well as City and state officials, will be invited to join this commemorative event.
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