The Verona Area Historical Society
Verona, Wisconsin
"Celebrating the story of Hometown U.S.A."

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Next VAHS Events: All events are free and open to the public!

*Saturday 4/14/18, 10am:  "The Ice Age Trail", with guest David Lonsdorf.  Verona Senior Center.
Verona is a great place to learn about the great Ice Age and to experience glacial geology. During the recent Ice Age (50 – 100,000 years ago), what is now Verona was at the southern edge of an enormous ice sheet that covered the top 25% of the earth. When it melted, about 10,000 years ago, it left behind many features that are easily visible today – if you know what to look for!

This month’s talk will review the history of the Ice Age, paying particular attention to Wisconsin, Dane County, and Verona.  We’ll talk about Pleistocene “Mega-fauna” including woolly mammoths, giant beavers, sloths, and saber-toothed tigers that lived in Wisconsin.  We’ll also talk about the changing landscape of plants as the climate warmed and dried.

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail follows the terminal moraine left by the retreating glacier, and includes a 7-mile “Verona Segment” where you can see many interesting glacial features, some less than a mile from the Verona Senior Center.  We’ll also talk about the Ice Age Trail Alliance, the 60 year old organization whose mission is to “create, support, and protect” the Ice Age Trail.

*Saturday 5/12/18, 10am:  "Living in the Verona area - 400 to 500 million years ago", with guest Jim Harrington.  Verona Senior Center.

Here are the historical society, we enjoy talking about life back in "the old days".  But how old is "old" - maybe 50, or 100 years?  For this month's meeting we 
are going to be looking at some snapshots of life in Verona a little farther back - about 500 million years ago!

Verona resident Jim Harrington enjoys the interesting hobby of local fossil hunting.  It started a few years back when a casual walk took him past a road construction site near his home.  Layers of rock laid down in the prehistoric time when Wisconsin was covered by water stuck out from the newly excavated roadbed.  A fan of history, Jim wondered if there might be a fossil or two floating around in there - and he started poking around.  That first informal "dig" yielded four Brachiopods (don't worry - he'll explain what those are!)  Jim was captivated his newly found hobby and an appreciation for the small bits of ancient history each one of us can find around if we know where to look.

Jim will be sharing his hobby with our historical society, including samples of the nine different types of Verona fossils he has come across since that first day he became a fossil hunter.  Also discussed will be tips for how your and your family can share in this hunt - this will be a good meeting to bring the kids and grand kids!

If scheduling allows, we will also have a fossil expert present from the UW Geology Museum to talk even more about local fossils, and answer all of your fossil and geology-related questions.

*Saturday 6/16/18, 10am:  Save the date!  Field Trip - We will be touring the old farm house on the corner of PD and M.

About the Verona Area Historical Society:

President - Jesse Charles
Vice President - Art Cresson
Secretary - Ruth Jensen
Treasurer - Beverly Beyer
Board:  Lisa Olmsted

Contact Us:

By Mail:
    Verona Area Historical Society
    c/o Jesse Charles
    1234 Cathedral Point Drive
    Verona, WI