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NATHANIEL DEAN CAME HOME JAN 26TH...

BUT WHERE IS MRS. DEAN?

A Racine art dealer found a 1868 portrait of Nathaniel Dean, painted by Nicola Marschall a well-known portrait painter of the day, in a storage locker in Waterford WI in 2014.  He found a beautiful Victorian frame for it and offered to sell the framed portrait to the HBGHS in 2015.  We couldn't afford it then but in January 2022 a member purchased the portrait and donated it to the Society.  It now hangs in the formal parlor at the Dean House, as it must have done, in 1868. 
 

We learned that a portrait of Harriet Dean was painted at the same time as Nathaniel's portrait but what has become of it?  We'll "get the word out" and keep hoping that it will turn up sooner rather than later.

SPRING PORCH SALE

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We will be holding our annual porch (garage) sale in April this year. We have tons of stuff and a wide variety of items.  Hope to see you there.  

WHEN: THURS & FRI APRIL 28, 29  8AM-4PM

             SAT APRIL 30  8AM-3PM

WHERE: BACK PORCH OF THE NATHANIEL DEAN HOUSE,  4718 MONONA DRIVE

Mission

  • To preserve and advance the history of

     Blooming Grove Township,

      the City of Monona,

     and Madison's southeast side

  • To restore, furnish, preserve, and promote

     the Nathaniel and Harriet Dean House

     as a center for local history research,

     cultural events, and a testament to the

     pioneer spirit that brought people to

     Blooming Grove Township,

     in Dane County, Wisconsin