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Chapters and Special Interest Groups

CHAPTERS:

Mississippi River Bluffs
The “Bluffs” chapter is our oldest active chapter. Members—from the Diamond Bluff, Bay City, Hager City, and Maiden Rock areas—are passionate about local history and having fun. Two business meetings in April and October include a potluck meal and a speaker or tour, and our January meeting is a workday for members. New members are always welcome.

Meetings: The third Monday of January, April, and October at the Bay City History Center.

Contact: President Vicki Hoffman Musech at 952-451-3313 or musech322@yahoo.com

Prescott Area
The Prescott Area Historical Society has been a PCHA chapter for over 30 years. Members donate time to Prescott’s Welcome and Heritage Center at 235 Broad Street.  PAHS was responsible for the design and building of a brick tower to house the old Prescott High School clock, which stands next to the Heritage Center. In 1996, it published an illustrated 600-page book written and compiled by PCHA members Dorothy Ahlgren and Mary Beeler. The History of Prescott, Wisconsin includes extensive genealogical information on Prescott’s early settlers.

Contact: Elise Block at:  eliseblock5@gmail.com

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS:

Spring Valley
The Spring Valley Area Special Interest Group covers the northeastern part of Pierce County and part of southeastern St. Croix County. It’s few members meet occasionally. The chapter’s major emphasis is collecting the history of it’s area and making it available to people through the Spring Valley Public Library. It supports various projects of historical interest. Doug Blegen has written two books about Spring Valley. They are available for purchase at the Spring Valley Drug Store. Small and friendly, the chapter always welcomes new members.

Contact: Julie Huebel at: jhuebel@piercecountyhistorical.org

River Falls
The River Falls Special Interest Group no longer has formal chapter meetings, but members support PCHA activities such as the spring 100-Mile Garage Sale, the Freier Schoolhouse opening at the Pierce County Fair, and information gathering for various River Falls history events and projects.

A small group of folks interested in River Falls History have started meeting and hope to meet a couple times a year to discuss whatever topics surrounding RF History that the group finds interesting. If you are interested in joining this group, call the number listed below to find out when the next gathering will be.

Contact: Jayne Hoffman  at:  715-222-6422  or jaynehoffman@gmail.com

Rock Elm Old Settlers

The Rock Elm Old Settlers Group was formed on February 25, 1886. Originally one had to be a descendant of a person or family that settled in Rock Elm township by 1869. This group has had one meeting a year, a lunch at noon, on the first Thursday in November since 1886. Only twice has this meeting not occurred. In 1918 during the Spanish Flu epidemic, and in 1934 when the Rock Elm Methodist Church (where the meetings are held) burned down. Plans for the 2020 meeting are undecided at this time due to the Pandemic.

On April 11, 2020, the Rock Elm group became a Special Interest Group of the Pierce County Historical Association. This allows the group to utilize the tax ID of the Historical Association, while maintaining its own officers, and bank account. With this new relationship, renewing and new members of the PCHA are able to select the Rock Elm Old Settlers Group as their Chapter/Special Interest Group from the membership form. By doing this half of their membership dues go into a fund for the specific use of the Rock Elm group to use as the officers of that group deem appropriate. The other half goes to the general PCHA Fund, covering newsletter printing costs and general expenses of the organization.

The officers of the Rock Elm Old Settlers Group in 2019 were President, Fred Koehler, and Secretary/Treasurer, Joyce Kendall. At the 131st Rock Elm Old Settlers Meeting on November 7, 2019, election of officers was held, and Fred was re-elected as President, and Julie Huebel was elected as the new Secretary/Treasurer of the group.

Contact: Julie Huebel at: jhuebel@piercecountyhistorical.org