Greendale High School Grad Awarded Historical Society Scholarship

Brandon Rohde, the recipient of the Greendale Historical Society Scholarship for 2016,  received his check during the General Membership Meeting at the Hose Tower on March 25, 2017.  He is a 2016 graduate of Greendale High School and is now enrolled at MATC since fall 2016. He is pursuing his dream of becoming a fire fighter and would love to work in Greendale someday.  Funds for the $1,000 award were raised through the sale of various products in the Greendale Open Market and other...
Our Town: Greendale

Our Town: Greendale

Greendale is often compared to fictional towns because of its unique character and charm. In the classic play, Our Town, Thornton Wilder told a fictional story about an idyllic place through the voices of many of the townspeople. Join us as a group of performers tell the true story of Greendale from its early days in the 1930s. In this dramatic presentation, you will discover Greendale from “Pioneers” in their own words. Hear why there was always a tavern in our town, why no basements in the originals, and more about that movie theater in the heart of Greendale. This program is available for your group. Contact us for more...
Summer Membership Meeting on July 28 in the Historic Hose Tower at 7:00 p.m.

Summer Membership Meeting on July 28 in the Historic Hose Tower at 7:00 p.m.

The Greendale Historical Society invites you to rediscover the history of Greendale through the pages of the Village Life and other Greendale publications on July 28. Among Village stories behind the headlines that we will explore is the closing of the original Greendale Theatre. The downtown movie theatre provided nightly diversion and Saturday cliff hangers in the age before Netflix. Please join us in the Historic Hose Tower on Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m. for this special presentation. A brief membership meeting will follow the program. The event is Free and open to the public....
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.

Crowds Gather at Hose Tower; Anticipate Fall Grand Opening

Crowds Gather at Hose Tower; Anticipate Fall Grand Opening

Above: Visitors tour the Hose Tower on July 4 after the parade. Photo: Steve Peters Nearly 300 parade goers quenched their thirst at the Historic Hose Tower in the heart of the Village of Greendale following the July 4th parade this past Saturday. The third annual “Lemonade after the Parade” was sponsored The Greendale Historical Society at the Hose Tower. The event showcased the re-purposed 1939 building and Tower which is nearing completion as a Community Center and gathering place for the Village. When the interior is completed this fall, groups of 100 or more will be able to use the carpeted, air-conditioned, restroom equipped Layton State Bank Community room for a variety of gatherings and events. “Thanks to our many donors, sponsors, Village leaders, and friends, the Hose Tower will soon be ready” said Historical Society president, Ted Mainella. Construction work on the  interior of the building will begin this week. Completion slated for late summer or early fall of this year. For more information, please...
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