Verona's 175th Anniversary

1847-2022

2022 marks Verona's 175th anniversary since officially becoming a town in 1847. Please join our historical society along with several other groups in celebrating this milestone this June.

Calendar of Events

June, 2022:

All events are free and open to the public!

  • Entire Month of June:

    • "Verona: Then and Now", a photograph exhibit at the Verona Public Library.

      • Take a trip through space and time as you gaze upon large historic Verona photographs placed side by side with their modern counterparts. Why does Hometown Junction look like a train station? Did someone once live in Kismet Books? Discover the hidden stories behind places you walk by every day.

    • Art on the Avenue: Children's depictions of Verona's past, present, and future.

      • Each year, the Verona Area Education Foundation puts out an open call for area kids to design creative and thought provoking banners to be displayed on Verona Avenue. This year's theme is "Verona Past, Present, or Future". Take a stroll and enjoy this chance to see our city through the eyes of its children.

  • Thursday, June 2: "Traditional songs, stories, and dances of the Ho-Chunk people"

    • 6:30pm-7:30 pm at the Verona Public Library

    • Wisconsin Dells Singers & Dance Troupe and Elliott Funmaker Sr. of the Ho-Chunk and Meskwaki Nations will perform traditional songs, stories, and dances of the Ho-Chunk people.

    • Music CD’s will be available for sale and signing.

  • Fri, June 3 - Sun, June 5: Verona Hometown Days events.

    • 175th Anniversary Tent, featuring:

      • Hands-on activities: "Classic Toys From Yesteryear".

      • History-themed selfie station.

      • Display: Artifacts from Verona's past.

      • Stickers and buttons to show your Verona pride!

    • Hometown Days Parade, history-themed (Sunday, June 5, 12:00pm)

      • This year, participants in the annual Hometown Days Parade will be encouraged to dress up their floats, cars, and folks to reflect *any* past era. Pioneer families walking next to disco queens? Flappers flapping around Grunge Rockers? You bet!

      • Special thanks to the Verona Chamber of Commerce for organizing this event.

  • Tuesday, June 7: "People of the Sacred Language", a talk by Ho-Chunk storyteller and tribal member, Andi Cloud.

      • 6:30pm-7:30pm at the Verona Public Library.

      • The Ho-Chunk, People of the Sacred Language, have called Wisconsin home for centuries. They continue to exist and have overcome disease, genocide, removal, and colonization. Learn about the journey and how they continue to remain resilient and strong. Storyteller and Ho-Chunk tribal member, Andi Cloud, shares history, culture, and stories.

      • Special thanks to the Verona Public Library for organizing this event.

  • Wednesday, June 15: "Celebrating Verona's Archaeological Treasures: Snapshots and Stories From 10,000 Years of Verona History", a talk by Wisconsin Historical Society Archeologist Paul Reckner.

      • 6:30pm-7:30pm at the Verona Public Library.

      • University of Wisconsin Archeologist Paul Reckner has led numerous studies in recent years of both Native American and euro Euro-American settlement sites in Verona and throughout Wisconsin. Paul is a true friend of Verona history, often lending his expertise to local history efforts of our Verona Area Historical Society. His talk uses evidence found during archeological digs here in Verona to tell the stories what life was like for our native residents and early settlers.

      • Special thanks to the Verona Public Library for organizing this event.

  • Saturday, June 18: Guided Downtown Verona History Walk, on South Main Street.

        • On this 90 minute (.75 mile) walking tour you will hear interesting stories of historic people, homes, and businesses that have occupied many sites on Verona's South Main Street over the last 175 years.

        • Signup is required for this event. The tour starts at 10am at the lower parking lot of Kismet Books at 101 North Main Street, but please do not park at Kismet Books. Street parking is available on North Main Street or North Franklin Street. The tour ends at the same location.

        • If you have questions please contact SaveVeronaHistory@gmail.com. Thank you!

  • Sunday, June 26: Downtown Verona History Talk for Kids, at Hometown Junction.

      • 9:00am at Hometown Junction Park, South Main Street, Verona. Please note there are several nearby parks with similar names. This park is next to Verona Vision Care at 320 South Main Street.

      • Sign-up not required for this talk. The event is free.

      • Open to all ages, ideal for ages 5-12. We will walk around this park and discuss the interesting sights and sounds that were once common in this space: Horses being shod, Steam locomotives passing by, Telegraph messages being sent, and more.

      • Enjoy history-themed hands-on activities, such as carving an arrowhead from soap and sending a telegraph message.

  • Thursday, June 30: "Happy Birthday, Verona!", a musical get together celebrating our town's birthday. Hometown Junction Park, South Main Street, Verona (near the fountains).

      • Concurrent Activities Happening 5:00pm - 7:00pm

        • Family scavenger hunt around South Main Street.

        • Paoli fireballs Petting Zoo, featuring a baby cow.

        • Face painting, by Girl Scout volunteers.

        • Free birthday cake donated by Epic Culinary, served by Boy Scout volunteers.

        • "Classic Toys" hands-on display.

        • "Mystery Verona Artifact" display.

      • Main Stage Events:

        • 5:00pm - 5:15pm: Welcome, and a few words from Mayor Luke.

        • 5:15pm - 6:30pm-ish: “Casey and Greg” acoustic guitar duo.

        • 6:30pm - 6:45pm-ish: A few words from young and old Verona.

        • 6:45pm - 7:15pm-ish: “The Gender Blenders” barbershop quartet.

        • 7:15pm - 7:25pm-ish: A few words to mark the occasion.

        • 7:30pm - 9:00pm-ish: “Down From The Hills” bluegrass band.

      • Rain Date: Friday, July 1st at Hometown Junction.

  • Additional events in Summer: Guided Downtown Verona History Walks, on South Main Street.

        • Additional downtown history walks may be scheduled throughout Summer, depending on guide availability and interest. Check back here mid-July for dates and signups!