Sheffield Historical Society to host fundraiser event on Saturday, Sept. 14
SHEFFIELD — The Sheffield Historical Society is revving up for a fundraiser event on Saturday, Sept. 14.
The monies raised during the event will help keep the historical society up and running.
A hog roast with live entertainment, children activities and a vendor fair is in the works.
The fun will begin at 4 p.m. in West Park. Diamond DJ Services by Brian Phillips will play from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and then “Heartache Tonight,” an Eagles tribute band, will play at 7 p.m. People are encouraged to bring a lawn chair for the outdoor concert.
Lisa Aber, president of the Sheffield Historical Society, said the organization is a valuable place for the area.
“We’re probably the last organization anybody ever thinks about donating to,” she said. “But when people get curious and something comes up, this is where they come to ask questions and do research. This is where the history of Sheffield is.”
Connie Hahne, a member of the historical society board, said the museum provides a look at the past. “You’ve got to know the town you’re from and what belongs to that town,” she said.
Three years ago, the state discontinued the Green Thumb program, which helped cover the wages of a curator at the historical society.
Since then, the expense has fallen on the organization’s budget, which is entirely funded by donations.
It’s been difficult trying to continue to cover the wages, plus maintain upkeep projects at the museum.
Two years ago, the organization brought back Sheffield’s Homecoming reunion celebration as a fundraiser for the historic society. The event was a huge success and helped keep the organization’s budget in fine shape over the last couple of years. The board of directors is hoping Saturday’s fundraiser does the same.
The museum continues to attract a steady flow of visitors throughout the year. One of the biggest draws to the museum is the old Danish church that dates back to 1880. It’s the oldest Danish church in the country, and people come from all over to see it.
The historical society also includes a Buda Western School room, a Homecoming room that includes all the old celebration posters, artifacts from old businesses that closed down years ago, and old clippings from newspapers that date back decades ago. Many of the clippings have been useful for genealogy searches.
“For a town this size, the museum is very, very good. It goes way, way back,” Aber said.
Sponsors for the upcoming event on Sept. 14, include the village of Sheffield, Sheffield Banking Center, Sheffield Tractor Pull Association, Sheffield Pride and Red’s Bar and Grill.
The Sheffield Historical Society Board of Directors includes Aber, Hahne, Bill Gebeck, Ashley Aber, Vicki Litherland, Randy Hasbrook, Ron Jensen, Cleo Lanham, Harry Barton and Rodger Nielsen.