Verona Area Historical Society

Verona, Wisconsin

"Celebrating the story of Hometown U.S.A."

Upcoming Events 

All are free and open to the public.

*Sunday 7/21/24, 1pm:  "The Dugout"  At the Verona Senior Center, 108 Paoli St, Verona, WI. 

It's been 31 years since Ike and Erling Offerdahl served up the last fish fry and final beer at The Dugout in Verona. Today an unassuming apartment building amongst a neighborhood on Paoli Street, passersby might not realize this building was once a beloved pub on the far edge of town beyond which were only gravel pits and farm fields.  The siding and surroundings have changed but the memories remain!

Our guest this month is Rita Schunk, daughter-in-law of Ike and Erling.  Filling the all-important role of family historian, Rita will share with us photographs, documents, and memories that tell the story of The Dugout all the way back to Ike's parents John and Marg Kress acquiring it as the "Spot Tavern" back in 1945.

We hope you'll join us to learn and reminisce about this unique Verona watering hole!



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