The Madison Historical Society is pleased to announce a new series called History Happy Hours. Each month, history tidbits will be offered at the historic Allis-Bushnell House or at the newly restored Madison Center for History and Culture located in Lee’s Academy on the green. These monthly programs will feature rotating beverage partners and unique explorations of local lore.
On Friday, March 24 we will feature a presentation on Madison native Cornelius Scranton Bushnell, financier of the Civil War ironclad warship, the USS Monitor. Bushnell left home as a teen to join the merchant marine service and then went on to become president of the Union Pacific Railroad. A persuasive speaker, he changed the course of naval history when he lobbied Congress for funding for a fleet of ironclad ships. Artifacts, artwork, and antiquities related to the Bushnell family will be on display at the Society’s Allis-Bushnell House, which was Cornelius Bushnell’s birthplace.
All adults of legal drinking age are invited to partake in a wine tasting offered by the Wine Thief of Madison. Meet fellow history buffs and discover intriguing history tidbits while enjoying unique wines with a group of like-minded companions.
Each month, the MHS History Happy Hours will feature new beverage partners who will offer unique libations, an engaging speaker who will explore timely topics, and a charming pair of parlors that offer a place to mingle in an elegantly fun atmosphere.
Admission at the door is $10 ($5 for MHS members).