A Social History of Lake Mendota’s North Shore
Please join us for our featured speaker, long-time Lake Mendota sailor and ice boater, Don Sanford, who will tell the story of the people, places, and events that have shaped the lakeshore as we know it today.
During the first half of the twentieth century, Westport was a destination for Madisonians with the urge to escape. Unlike other sections of lakeshore, Westport became a destination not just for those who came to relax with a fishing pole, but for businesses, and still others who came just to have fun.
We’ll meet some interesting characters who helped make Westport the hospitality center of Lake Mendota. Mr. Sanford is the author of On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota, which takes the reader on a leisurely cruise around Lake Mendota, Dane County’s greatest lake. Mr. Sanford spent more than a decade collecting stories, interviewing dozens of past and present Mendota “water rats” and searching for photos that help to tell the story of the people, places, and events that have shaped the lakeshore as we know it today
This free lecture is hosted by the Town of Westport Historic Preservation Commission. The HPC is charged with promoting, protecting, and preserving Westport’s archeology and history. Light refreshments will be served. Contact the Town of Westport offices with any questions about this event at 608/849-4372.
Friday, April 5, 2019, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Waunakee Senior Center, 333 S. Madison St., Waunakee, WI