The Platteville Historic Preservation Commission will hold its Historic Expo Friday and Saturday.
The Historic Dinner, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 250 Market St., Friday at 6 p.m., includes a menu of cabbage slaw, escalloped chicken or salmon croquettes, fried apples, cornbread and butter, and gingerbread with lemon sauce. Recipes taken from an 1860s Midwest cookbook were the foundation for the menu.
“We were looking for a historic menu that would fit with the venue,” said commission member Arlene Siss. “The members of Trinity Episcopal Church, which was founded in 1862, found a cookbook from that era and created the perfect menu for our historic dinner.”
A silent auction will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., guest speaker Kent Scheuerell will speak on the history of Grant County, including unique selections about Platteville.
The presentation is free and open to the public. Dinner tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. To purchase advance tickets, contact Siss, 348-9229.
In the Municipal Building Saturday, Homes, Buildings and Barns will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Platteville City Hall. This will include vendors and speakers, including experts on historic and older homes, buildings and barns.
An After Hours Gathering will be held at the Badger Bar, 35 N. Second St., from 5 to 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be Mark Speltz, who co-wrote Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin’s Historic Bars and Breweries, which includes the Badger Bar. Diane Clark, owner of the Badger Bar, will share historic events that took place at the bar. Books will be available for purchase.
All funds raised will go to the Historic Preservation Commission.