Preserving appreciation of Greendale, Wisconsin, a National Historic Landmark
and one of only three American Greenbelt communities.

Membership Meeting on February 20: Meet the Diamond T

The next Society membership meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 20 in the Historic Hose Tower. The gathering is open to the public and will feature a presentation about the original Greendale Diamond T fire truck recently returned home. The public is welcome to... read more

Community Members Join the Society Board of Directors

The Greendale Historical Society added two members to its board of directors in December. Mark Kapocius is the Municipal Judge in the Village of Greendale and Michael Connor has been a resident of Greendale since 1987 both joined the board in late 2015.

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Joey Gerard’s, Historical Society Dinner Series at the Hose Tower

The Greendale Historical Society will partner with Joey Gerard’s in a series of three dinner programs starting January 27 at the Historic Hose Tower in downtown Greendale. The events will feature a three course dinner catered by Joey Gerard’s with a program about the unique history of Greendale at each.

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Big Red Returns Home

Big Red Returns Home

A big red artifact of Greendale’s history has come home. The 1938 Diamond T Model 509s fire engine that was used by the Village of Greendale Volunteer Fire Department starting in 1938 — and for many years following — was donated to the Greendale Historical Society by Steven Cohrs of New Jersey last month at no cost to the Society or the Village of Greendale.

“The recently opened Historic Hose Tower building, and now receiving the village’s original fire truck — both accomplished with significant private donations — only add to the village’s historic character that attracts residents and visitors,” said Todd Michaels, Village Manager.

Among those on hand November 13 to accept its return were Village President Jim Birmingham, Trustee Sally Chadwick, Village Manager Todd Michaels, Fire Chief Tim Saidler, Director of Public Works Robby Mcfaul, Society members Al Emmons, and Steve Peters. Emmons donated the cost to transport the vintage truck home to Greendale after Peters helped locate the truck and encourage the owner to donate it to the Greendale Historical Society.

“The Diamond T will be shared with the community and showcased at a variety of public events,” said Society President Ted Mainella. “It will be a welcome feature in parades, public gatherings, and other functions throughout the year.”

The fire engine is 27 feet long, and about 8 feet wide and high. There are ladders, hoses, search lights, and other fire fighting equipment. The truck was previously owned in Utah and Michigan.

The Diamond T was Greendale’s second fire fighting vehicle and its first new one. It was built on a Diamond T truck chassis and fitted out as a fire truck by Howe Fire Apparatus in Anderson, Indiana. The appraised value of the truck is $37,400. The Society will partner with the Village of Greendale in the storage, maintenance, display, and use of this exceptional piece of our history.

“The vehicle is in very good shape, but the engine needs repair” said Mainella. “Your help is needed.”

If you or someone you know can work on its 1938 Hercules flat 6 engine, please contact the Society at (414) 423-7064.

Tour Historic Greendale

During the summer, the Greendale Historical Society offers guided tours of Historic Downtown Greendale. The tours will coincide with the Open Market held on Greendale’s Broad Street in between Northway and Schoolway. in the shadow of the iconic Village Hall.

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Our Mission

It is the mission of the Greendale Historical Society to preserve and promote the buildings, landmarks and artifacts that illustrate the history of Greendale, Wisconsin; to increase awareness, understanding and appreciation of the Village’s founding, growth and designation as a National Historic Landmark; and to strengthen the current and future historic character of the Village.

5650 Parking Street
Greendale, WI 53129
Phone: (414) 423-7064

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Officers:

Ted Mainella, President
William Attewell, Vice President
Bob DeRoche, Secretary

At-Large Board Members:

Jim Burns, Mike Connor, Kathleen Kendellen Hart, William Hughes, Georgianne Heymann, Mark Kapacious, Bob Prindiville, Kristi Sanders and Brenda Siemers

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The Greendale Historical Society preserves our past, shares our stories, and connects people to history. Your membership support helps us use the power of history to transform lives.

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