John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
The Bay View Historical Society is the 2011 recipient of the Wisconsin Historical Society's prestigious Rueben Gold Thwaites Trophy. Michael Stevens, State Preservation Officer with the Wisconsin Historical Society will amke the presentation at the Bay View Historical Society's membership meeting on Monday, October 3rd at 7 :00 PM at the beulah Brinton Community Center, 2555 S. Bay Street. Bay View's elected representatives at all levels of government have been invited. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
The trophy is the Wisconsin Historical Society's highest recognition of distinction awarded annually to a " ... historical society for continujed excellence for its overall service to its community over a period of at least five years." Historical Societies are elgible to receive the award every 25 years. The Bay View Historical Society received the award 25 years ago, sevenn years after the society's inception. The Bay View Historical Society is the only society to be awarded the trophy a second time.
The Bay View Historical Society was nominated for the award by society member Ron Winkler.. In 1986, President Betty Pum nominated the society for the award. The award is a traveling trophy that the society can display for a year. It will be accompanied by a permanent certificate. For manyh years the society's newsletter, the Bay View Historian bore the following inscription on its cover, " A publication of the Reuben Gold Thwaites Award winning Bay View Historical Society."
Other societies who have received the trophy include Milwaukee County Historical Society (1967), Wauwatosa Historical Society (1985), Kenosha Historical Society (1988) and the New Berlin Historical Sopciety (1998).
In its evaluation of the Bay View Historical Society, the Wisconsin Historical Society considered the following:
-- The society's purchase and preservation of the Beulah Brinton House, 2590 S. Superior St.
as its headquarters.
-- The nineteen Bay View sites that were given landmark status by the society.
-- The series of eight walking tour brocheres and the August walk that introduced each
brochure starting in 2003.
-- The society's newsletter and website.
-- The society's involvement with Historic Milwaukee's 2007 Spaces and Traces tour of Bay
View (Historic Milwaukee awarded the Bay View bHistroical Society the 2007 Preservation
-- The society's directing of the Bay View Bash in 2008 and 2009.
-- The Bay View Observatory on the society's lawn in 2010 and 2011.
Reuben Gold Thwaites
Reuben Gold Thwaites (1853-1913) was born in Dorchester, Massa chussetts and attended Yale University. He moved to Wisconsin and served as managing editor of the Wisconsin State Journal (1876-1913) and was secretary and superintendent of the Wisconsin State Historical Solciety (1886-1913). Thwaites editied numerous documents on Wisconsinm history and wrote books on history and travel in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa. Thwaites encouraged local communities to establish historical societies. The trophy that bears his name was first awarded in 1958 to the Marathon County Historical Society.
In 1986, Bay View Historical Society President Betty Pum accepted the reuben Gold Thwaites Trophy from H. Nicholas Muller III, Director of the Wisconsin State Historical Society. Betty Pum had nominated the society for the award.
Written by Ron Winkler of the Bay View Historical Society