I grew up outside of St. Louis, Missouri, and have been an adopted resident of Sauk Prairie since 2005. It's not to hard to fall head over heels in love with this area between the unforgettable natural features of our landscape and a history that is one amazing story after another. Being involved with the Sauk Prairie Area Historical Society is invigorating. We laugh and we strategize and we really think things through. We aren't stuffy or take ourselves too seriously, but we seriously get down to the business of what it means to take care of what we've been given-the stories to share and the artifacts to preserve-and what we need to do to make every member of the community feel as welcomed by and passionate about the SPAHS as we do. To me, we're much more than just a historical society. We are a natural and cultural museum. We are hands-on and open to questions. Every time I visit the Tripp or Salem-Ragatz or Loretto I gain something useful to take back with me into my everyday life.
I have been a resident of Wisconsin for most of my life and Bettie and I have been area residents for about the last ten years. I am a Financial Planner and have an office on Water Street just a block from the Museum. History has always been a passion of mine. We have been active re-enactors for more than 30 years and have learned a lot about Wisconsin history in the process. Being on the Board of the Tripp Museum gives me an opportunity, to not only help a worthwhile cause but also to become more involved in the rich history of the area. My hope is that I will be able to help bring that history to the residents of the area through exhibits and activities at the Tripp. A museum and a historical society have a duty to the community to not only preserve the history of the area but to also provide the means for people of all ages to see and understand what the past was like. That understanding provides one of the strongest connections that we have to our ancestors. I look forward to my role on the Board and hope that I will be able to contribute to the success of the Tripp.
I was raised in Prairie du Sac (PdS) & attended grades K-12 in the local schools, graduating in the first consolidated Sauk-Prairie High School Class of 1964. Lived in Madison, WI, for 40 years & recently returned to the Sauk-Prairie area. Retired from physical therapy and am presently employed on a part-part-time basis as a grounds keeper at the PdS Cemetery. The twin villages of Sauk & PdS & the surrounding area have greatly changed since I lived here. Gone are many familiar faces and names. Gone are the vibrant main street village business districts of the past. Much of the landscape is foreign to me. Thankfully, a measurable amount of the local history was collected & preserved by many farsighted individuals who preceded us. The task we have now is to diligently continue that preservation until it's our time to pass along our rich collection to the next group or generation.
I am a proud native of Prairie du Sac. I was educated at St. Aloysius Grade School and began my High School education as a freshman at Prairie du Sac High School which then consolidated with Sauk City to become Sauk Prairie High School. I graduated in 1966. I also graduated from Edgewood College with a BS in Business (Accounting emphasis) and retired as an Accountant at Forest Products Laboratory in September, 2005. My family roots in the Sauk Prairie area are on the Pulvermacher side of the family. My father, Gilbert Pulvermacher, owned and operated Pulvermacher's Poultry and Egg Business for many, many years. My mother, Alta "Honey" Flagg Pulvermacher, was a "flatlander' from Galesburg, Illinois but came to call the Sauk Prairie area home. Our family was always very interested in history and the Sauk Prairie area is rich in history. I have been a member of the Sauk Prairie Area Historical Society (SPAHS) for many years and am grateful for the work the SPAHS has accomplished over the years in preserving and disseminating (especially thru the great newsletter) the history of this area for future generations. I moved to Madison in 1967 and now live off Highway 12 between Springfield and Ashton Corners, but I will always call the "Sauk Prairie Area" home. I am pleased to be a part of a Board who is full of spirit and a "can do" attitude!!
In her professional life, Diane Cepon, has been in the banking industry for the past 30 plus years, most recently as a Customer Service Representative for the Bank of Prairie du Sac. In her personal life she has two grown children, a love of fishing, especially for Walleye, and an interest in the creative pursuits of painting and design. When it comes to history, Diane has a passion for the architecture and character of historic buildings. Having designed backdrops for theatrical productions, she was eager to examine the Hatz flats now on display at the Tripp and hear about our plans for an interactive prairie mural as part of the soon-to-be Bradford Bison exhibit.
I was born and, up until about 10 years ago, lived in Madison my entire life. Then we moved to 40 acres in rural Mazomanie--to our "Little House in the Big Woods". After working at Fox Water (a water softener and bottled water distributor), I retired a year ago in May. I knew I wanted to volunteer and the first place I applied was the Tripp. Now I'm the "Tuesday Volunteer" and spend my Tuesday mornings having fun with Karen and Fauhn. Please stop by and see us sometime!
I was raised on a farm in West Point. My father, Joe Neumaier, is 4th generation and still lives on the farm. Before taking over my grandmother's farm, my grandfather, Maurice Neumaier, started the Reliance Auto Garage with his brother in law, Thomas O'Donnell, Sr. His home was where the wire fenced parking for O'Donnell Truck Repair is right now. I married Ken Ziegler from Roxbury. We both went away from Sauk Prairie after high school, but we both wanted to come back to raise a family. He is a teacher. I am a homemaker and I run a home-based business. We have two children in elementary school.
I have always loved history and have deep roots in the area. I took many history classes in college and worked for one year at the State Historical Society in Madison in the archives department. Being a board member of the Sauk Prairie Area Historical Society seemed a logical fit. Community is very important to me and that is why I serve on the Sauk Prairie School Board, help with the Friends of the Prairie du Sac Library as well.