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 3/10/18, 10am:  "The Verona Leper Colony", a presentation by Jesse Charles.  Verona Senior Center.

Many of us have heard the story of a past "Leper Colony" in Verona.  It's one of those things you might hear from a friend of a friend who knew a guy whose grandfather swears it's true...but is it?  It sounds almost like an urban legend; no one around today claims to have seen it firsthand, but there are so many stories you can't help but it true?

Our presentation this month looks to answer that question - and maybe pose a few more :-)  We have collected oral histories from the last several decades, looked through Dane County records, examined aerial photographs, and uncovered newspaper clippings from the 1800's that are all pieces of this puzzle.  These pieces will for the first time be presented together on a timeline that sheds light onto the "colony" and the people who lived there just a few generations ago.

Also discussed will be the work our historical society is doing with Dane County Parks, Archaeologists from the Wisconsin Historical Society, and the Prairie Moraine Friends group to "dig" more into this topic.

*Thursday 4/5/18, 7:00pm - Verona Library 'Meet the Author':  "Marcel's Letters", with guest Carolyn Porter.  Verona Library.  Sponsored by Verona Holiday Inn Express and Suites.  A great event for history enthusiasts!

Verona author Carolyn Porter will be talking about her book "Marcel's Letters:  A Font and the Search for One Man's Fate".  It details her experience which began by finding a group of old letters at a thrift store - and realizing those letters belonged to a Frenchman interred in a German labor camp during WWII.  The letters were an intimate look at his life, a romance, and the conflict of that time...but begged the question: What happened to Marcel?  It will be a talk that appeals to history and mystery lovers alike.

*Wednesday 4/11/18, 5-8pm:  Culver's Fundraiser for the Verona Area Historical Society!  Bring your friends and family to dine at Verona Culver's on this night from 5-8pm, and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to our historical society.  A delicious way to help support our projects for the coming year!  A huge thanks to Culver's for this opportunity.  Volunteers from our historical society will be delivering food to tables.

*Saturday 4/14/18, 10am:  "The Ice Age Trail", with guest David Lonsdorf.  David will be talking about the history of the Ice Age Trail in Verona.  Details coming soon!

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