On Saturday, October 8, the Hoard Historical Museum in Fort Atkinson will be hosting their annual “Gov. Hoard Day.” Gov. W.D. Hoard, a resident of Fort Atkinson, was a Civil War veteran, the 16th governor of Wisconsin and founder of W.D. Hoard’s & Sons, which published the Daily Jefferson County Union newspaper and Hoard’s Dairyman magazine.
The afternoon programs will explore the history and development of commonplace dairy products. At 1 p.m., Museum Director Merrilee Lee will present, “Gov. W.D. Hoard and the Oleo-Margarine Wars.” At 2 p.m., Gina Mode from the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research will present the “History of Cheesemaking in Wisconsin.”
From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., join Civil War reenactors for military drills and learn more about the average daily experience of Civil War soldiers. Civil War soldiers drilled, or marching in formation, to practice the skills that they would need in battle. Drills taught soldiers to function as a group. Come join our reenactors as they drill on the lawn, weather permitting, and learn about the skills needed by a Civil War infantryman plus more.
All scheduled programming will occur in the Jones Family Gallery.
The event is free and open to the public. There will also be refreshments in honor of Gov. W.D. Hoard’s 186th birthday. Hoard was a Civil War veteran, governor of Wisconsin, and started the Jefferson County Union (1870) and Hoard’s Dairyman (1885), both of which still have ties to Fort Atkinson.