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Creator Johnson, Forest A.
Title Forest A. Johnson collected materials.
Dates of Creation 1926-1981.
Physical Description 5 folders.
Language of Material English
Scope & Content The Forest A. Johnson Collected Materials contain clippings, programs, brochures, correspondence, publications, posters, and ephemera concerning various aspects of his life and of local history in Dane County, Wis. Major topics covered include the closing of the Ringling Brothers Circus big top show in 1956; the process of documenting the history of Mt. Horeb, Wis. through oral history interviews; exhibits and historic sites operated by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin; and the activities that occurred in Wisconsin to honor the U.S. Bicentennial. The Bicentennial materials include many posters, brochures, and newsletters produced by the Wisconsin Council for Local History. Additionally, there is a letter to Alberta Johnson from Blanche Trilling, the noted University of Wisconsin director of the women's physical education department from 1912 to 1946.

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Archival History Presented by Forest Johnson, May 22, 1984. 1983.003
People Johnson, Forest A.
Trilling, Blanche Mathilde
Subjects Circuses & shows
Centennial celebrations
Historical societies
Physical education
Places1 Mount Horeb (Wis.)
Places2 Dane County (Wis.)
Object Name Materials
Call Number ARM 83-02
Catalog ID Number 1983.003.0001
Collection Inventory The following 2-page inventory to the Forest A. Johnson Collected Materials is included primarily for searching purposes. A more readable version is available the the Dane County Historical Society's records center. Please contact the DCHS for more information.

Contents List

Folder 1 CIRCUS - Envelope of clippings, July 1956 re Ringling's decision to abandon tent circus


Madison 1981 Calendar

William Harrison Haight funeral service program, Grace Lutheran Church, Cambridge, Wisconsin Dec. 28, 1967

Madison Arts Center brochures:
9th Annual Arts Ball, sponsored by the Madison Arts Center and Madison Civic Music Association; Arts on the Move auction list, 1978

Madison Civic Music Association brochure: 10th Anniversary Arts Ball

Wisconsin Teacher Assoc. 73rd Annual Meeting program

Postcard to Johnson from Joe Chase re a county historical museum

Commutation Ticket - Illinois Central Railroad - Randolph St. - 57th St., Chicago, Illinois Dec. 10, 1928

American Civil Liberties Union - The Bill of Rights

Clipping re Wisconsin first Capitol at Belmont, 1978

Big Ten Football Schedule, 1926

Clipping re Appleby market, 1970.

Program of Spanish music by Arcenia Rosal, soprano, and Karlos Moser, piano


Financial Report Mount Horeb 1961 Centennial

Guide to Mount Horeb, The Portal to Wonderland

Alberta Johnson: receipt for pledge to Memorial Union Building Committee; letter to her and Miss Rena Grubb from Blanch M. Trilling.

Outline of Categories to be Covered - in preparation for a history of Mount Horeb and environs. Related notes are included


Three short articles;
Bicentennial Projects
How to conduct an interview
Bylaws recommended for Affiliated Historical Societies and Museums

Four brochures:
New World, New Nation, New State
Old World Wisconsin
Open Your Door onto History
See Historic Wisconsin


Wisconsin American Revolution Bicentennial Commission pamphlets:
A Framework for Observing the American Revolution Bicentennial in Wisconsin
A Youth Guide to Bicentennial Activities in Wisconsin

Set of 11 posters

Ten issues of The Wisconsin Ledger

Final report of We the People project

American Revolution Bicentennial Administration: Town '76 Meeting: A Call for Achievement