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

Check out our ongoing cemetery restoration project: Bringing Their Stones Home

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

*Saturday 8/17/19, 10am:  "Outdoor Classrooms - From the School Forest to Whalen Pond" The Verona Senior Center.

Our guest this month is Matt Tiller, a Verona High School science teacher who manages the school forest and has coordinated the restoring of small patches of native prairie near various Verona parks and retention ponds.  And we really mean "native" prairie - some combinations of plants he's put in these areas were inspired by notes taken by a Jesuit priest on a missionary trip through this area back in the late 1600s!

Matt started teaching in Verona in 1995 - around the time longtime science teacher Jerry Dahlen was retiring.  Jerry and others (including our member Randy Marks) had started the current high school forest back in the 1960s as a sort of outdoor biology lab and recreational space, and he asked Matt if he'd like to take over managing it.  Matt will tell the story of how this unique school property came to include 15 acres of wetlands, forest, and native prairie ecosystems - and discuss plans currently forming to create a similar area at the new high school being constructed.

About the Verona Area Historical Society:

President - Jesse Charles
Vice President - Art Cresson
Secretary - Ruth Jensen
Treasurer - Lisa Olmsted

Contact Us:

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