Saturday, May 18, 2019, 8:30 am - Spring Workday at the SNH Cemetery
Thursday, June 20, 2019, 5:00 pm - "Vennligfolk" Private Party
Sunday, June 23, 2019, 2:00 pm - The Epic Story of the Transcontinental Railroad
Thursday, July 4, 2019, 2:00 pm - Annual New Hope "Firecracker" Parade
Sunday, July 21, 2019, 2:00 pm - History of Bethany Indian Mission
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 11:00 am - 8th Annual Pie Social
Saturday, December 14, 2019, 10:30 am - Wreaths Across America

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 8:30 am - Spring Workday at the SNH Cemetery Gather with other volunteers. Many improvements to the cemetery grounds are anticipated with your willing backs and hands. We are continuing to improve the physical appearance of the cemetery grounds. Work begins at 8:30 am. Bring a snack for 10:30 am break. Come for the whole time or part time, any help is welcome.

Thursday, June 20, 2019, 5:00 pm - Stevens Point "Vennligfolk" Sons of Norway Midsummer Picnic. Private party. An invitation is open to all SNH board members and volunteers to attend the Vennligfolk Sons of Norway Midsummer party at South New Hope on June 20, at 5:00. The Stevens Point Sons of Norway is very appreciative of the beautiful setting for an outdoor celebration and believe this is one way to show that appreciation for those faithful, hardworking volunteers. The meat for the meal is provided by the lodge. Everything else is brought “pot-luck”, so the committee would appreciate if each volunteer would bring a small dish to pass, and RSVP be made by calling Char at 715-592-4916 by June 18.

Sunday, June 23, 2019, 2:00 pm - The Epic Story of the Transcontinental Railroad Presented by Professor Brett Barker of UW-Wausau, We are pleased to have Prof. Brett Barker presenting the fascinating story of the transcontinental railroad on June 23 at 2:00. He received his Ph.D. in history from UW-Madison and has taught in Wausau since 2002. He is the author of Exploring Civil War Wisconsin: A Survival Guide for Researchers (UW Press), and his research and teaching interests also include the Civil War, American Indians and Wisconsin history. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. This great artery of steel, linking the Pacific Coast with the Midwest, remains a remarkable example of engineering skill and human perseverance. In this talk, Prof. Barker will explain the design and conception of the railroad, its shaky beginnings during the Civil War and the five-year struggle to complete it. From railroad magnate to ordinary worker, the human dimension of the story will be a particular focus. Climb aboard for this stirring 19th-century American drama. A $10 donation is suggested.

Thursday, July 4, 2019, 2:00 pm - Annual New Hope "Firecracker" Parade The New Hope 4th of July parade is an annual parade that ends at South New Hope Church. Come join the other spectators. It is a parade that you will never forget. The church will be open, so it is a great opportunity to go inside or stroll the cemetery grounds before and after the parade. Water will be available on the grounds.

Sunday, July 21, 2019, 2:00 pm - History of Bethany Indian Mission Presented by Professor Betty Bergman. Professor Emerita of the History and Philosophy Dept. at UW-River Falls, who will speak and do a Power Point presentation. The Wittenberg Bethany Indian Mission (BIM) was a place of real interest for the women of the South New Hope Ladies Aid. Between 1888 and 1943, the Ladies Aid sent many gifts to the BIM. They would give either money, from $5-$30 a time, or food. In 1923 they sent 72 quarts of sauce, other years they sent 48 quarts or 62 quarts or 52 quarts. One year they sent pickles and jelly and another year they sent playground equipment. They also sponsored one young Indian boy, occasionally giving him candy or a pair of jeans. The Bethany Indian Mission, founded by Norwegian immigrants and supported by the Norwegian Lutheran Church in America, operated from the 1880s to 1955 and aimed to serve the Indian populations of the state. Sharing some patterns with state-run boarding schools in this period, BIM is both similar and different from them. Professor Bergland has interviewed students and staff from the Mission, examined the BIM Archives at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, and published articles on the complex and intriguing efforts of the Mission. Her presentation will explore that past and what it may reveal about Indian/immigrant relations. Betty has been at River Falls since 1990 in the History and Philosophy Dept. She has received various fellowships and grants and has done extended research in her field. She has co-edited Norwegian American Women: Migration, Communities and Identities with Lori Ann Lahlum, St. Paul, MN: MSH Press, May 2011. A $10 donation is suggested. Tell your friends about this outstanding program!

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm or when pies run out- 8th Annual Pie Social Time to indulge yourself! The Pie Social will take place in the church from 11:00 am until all the pie is sold out.  Funds collected will go toward the restoration of the historic church building. As you are out doing the Hidden Studios Art Tour and attending the famous working artist studios, we welcome you to stop by and have some pie and beverage. The church and cemetery are along the tour route, located within this beautiful rural and peaceful countryside.

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 10:30 am- Wreaths Across America We invite people young and old to participate in the laying of wreaths on veterans' graves. The mission statement of Wreaths Across America, a non-profit organization is: Our mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies a specified Saturday in December at Arlington, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states, ceremonies at sea, and 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil. You can help by sponsoring a wreath for our cemetery, cost $15, or call 715-824-2509.

We welcome you to these events and activities! Check back for further details, as there may be programs added as the season unfolds.
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South New Hope Church
PO Box 62
Nelsonville, WI 54458



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