June 30, 2022

44th Annual Ice Cream Social Returns In-Person at the Hoard Historical Museum on July 4th 

The 44th Annual Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social at the Hoard Historical Museum in Fort Atkinson will take place on Monday, July 4, between 1:00 and 3:00, in recognition of Independence Day and returning to the traditional in-person format.  “The 4th of July Ice Cream Social, a long-time tradition at the Hoard Historical Museum, is a tasty and fun time to celebrate our history and summer in Wisconsin” said Merrilee Lee, museum director. “We hope that you can spend part of your 4th of July holiday with us!”

In addition to lots of creamy vanilla ice cream, there will be delicious toppings, with select toppings courtesy of Fort Atkinson’s Frostie Freeze.

Music will be provided by “The Harmony Cornet Band.” The Harmony Cornet Band plays historic popular music on period instruments. “There is nothing quite like hearing classic favorites such as ‘America’ or the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ played on instruments as old as the songs!” said Lee.  There will also be public readings of the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg Address to help remind us why we celebrate the 4th of July.“

“Please feel free to bring your own blankets or chairs to enjoy the music, the quilt presentations, and the overall event,” said Lee. “That way you can ensure that you’ll have the best seat around: your own!”

The museum will only be open on Monday, July 4th during the Ice Cream Social.  All of the museum’s exhibits and galleries will also be open between 1:00 and 3:00. The Dwight Foster House, on the museum’s grounds, will also be open for tours. Both indoor and outdoor activities will be available for families. Activities will consist of games, crafts, and old-fashioned fun.

The Historic 1901 Water Tower will also be open during the 4th of July Ice Cream Social. The water tower, located at the corner of South 4th Street East and High Street, will be open for free tours from 11:00 am-3:00 pm.  There are limitations to touring the water tower.  It is not handicap-accessible, individuals under 8 years old and 48 inches are not able to climb the tower, and tours may be cancelled due to inclement weather.  Please contact the Hoard Historical Museum at 920-397-9914 for more information.

Extra parking is available in the parking lot of the 1st Baptist Church, 420 Whitewater Ave., as well as in the parking lot across from the Fort Atkinson Middle School, 310 S. 4th Street.

As always, there is no fee to tour the museums or the Foster House.  The ice cream is also free of charge however, cash donations are gratefully appreciated. Events such as this are made possible in part through the support of the Business Patrons of the Museum: Abendroth Water Conditioning; Badger Bank; Behling, Jasper and Selberg, LLC; Blodgett Garden Center; Business and Tax Systems, LLC; Daley Painting and Decorating; Fireside Dinner Theatre; Jonas Office Supply; Jones Dairy Farm; Kessenich-Tesmer Design; Tuttle’s Pharmacy; Premier Bank; and W & A Distribution.

Museum events and activities are also made possible through the support of the Museum’s membership which is open to anyone interested in preserving, protecting or promoting our area’s history. Contact the Museum to learn more about membership.

The Hoard Historical Museum and National Dairy Shrine Museum are located at 401 Whitewater Avenue in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.  The museums are open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They are closed on Sundays and Mondays. For more information, call the museums at 920-397-9914 and visit our web-site at www.hoardmuseum.org.  Email us at info@hoardmuseum.org and like us on Facebook.

Join the Hoard Museum in celebrating the 4th of July at the Museum’s 44th annual Ice Cream Social on Monday, July 4th from 1-3 pm. Ice cream with toppings, cookies, crafts, games, and music by “The Harmony Cornet Band.”  A free, family friendly way to enjoy the 4th of July!