Historic Blooming Grove Historical Society


Annual Meeting and Program, April 24, 2005

The Historic Blooming Grove Historical Society will present a program on the history of Atwood Avenue and the Schenk's-Atwood Neighborhood at the Atwood Community Center on Atwood Ave. on Sunday afternoon April 24 at 3 pm. At 2:30 brief annual meeting of the HBGHS will precede the program and light refreshments will follow.

In the 1980s Joe Hermolin, who used to live on Rusk Street (he moved "up north" in 2002), collected photographs and stories about the people and businesses that were in the Schenk's Atwood neighborhood and created a slide show which he presented several times at the Atwood Community Center. He also authored a Schenk's-Atwood Neighborhood walking tour booklet for the Madison Landmarks Commission and the Atwood Community Center which was published in 1987. Ann Waidelich, a neighbor and Madison historian, worked with Joe on the booklet and asked him if she could have his slides now that he had moved out of town. He generously gave them to her, along with his notes, and she has updated the material. Ann is a member of Historic Blooming Grove Historical Society, and when they were looking for a program and site for their annual meeting she offered to do the Atwood Avenue slide show at the Atwood Community Center.

Schenk's Corners and Atwood Avenue were Madison's first "shopping center" outside the downtown. Starting with a general store opened by Fred Schenk in 1893 and continuing with businesses such as the Loftsgordon's Security State Bank, the Hudson and Schlitz hotels, Hess Barrel Co., Madison Kipp and Ray-O-Vac the street has had a long and interesting history.

Come and learn all about it and share your stories, too.

Program flier