Decorah’s 175th celebration June 15

The City of Decorah will commemorate the town’s 175th Anniversary – the Dodransbicentennial – Saturday, June 15.
The public is invited to a short program at 10 a.m. at Vesterheim Commons on Water Street on the morning of the 15th. Visits to historic locations around the community are encouraged, and special tours, events and family activities are planned.

The morning program includes remarks by Mayor Lorraine Borowski, Prosper Waukon (descendant of Chief Waukon Decorah), and a special performance of the Decorah Municipal Band.
Also on Saturday, is a presentation by Decorah Historic Preservation Commission Members Mark Muggli and Judy van der Linden titled “What’s Still Here: Decorah’s Surviving Properties, 1849-1870”. Winneshiek County Historical Society will host an ice cream social event with ice cream provided by Sugar Bowl. Families are invited to enjoy vintage games at Phelps Park (Decorah’s oldest public park) courtesy of Decorah Parks and Recreation and the Locust School Committee. The Porter House Museum will host afternoon tours and Vesterheim will host a tour of the Painter-Bernatz Mill.

Prosper Waukon

Prosper Waukon, who is in Decorah as a guest of the Winneshiek County Historical Society, will be onsite at WCHS (302 South Mill Street, Decorah) from 2 to 4 p.m. for conversation with a more formal presentation to follow in the evening (6 to 7 p.m.) at the Hotel Winneshiek in downtown Decorah. His program is called: “The Waukon Decorah Family Legacy”
For the full day’s schedule, specific event details and locations, and to stay apprised of additional opportunities see future articles in the Decorah Newspapers (; or go to Visit Decorah’s Facebook event or Visit Decorah’s Event Calendar

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