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Prominent New Board Members at the Wauksha County Museum

June 11, 2009

The Waukesha County Museum is pleased to announce the addition of seven new community leaders to their Board of Trustees. A combination of board vacancies and expired terms lead to the successful recruitment of a total of seven new members to the board. The full slate of candidates was unanimously approved at the Museum’s 2009 Annual Meeting held on May 26, 2009.


“The caliber of the leaders joining our board is a strong sign of community confidence in the Museum’s new direction.” said Villegas. “I am looking forward to working in the next years with this board which is truly a stellar group of leaders representing many geographical areas of Waukesha County.”


New Board Members include:


Riley Enright, Assistant V.P., R & R Insurance

Catherine Huelsman, Assistant General Manager, Berg Management Company LLC

Peter Ogden, President & CEO, Ogden & Company, Inc.

Dick Richards, Chairman, Country Springs Hotel

Andrew Ruggeri, Proprietor, The Clarke Hotel & The Black Trumpet Restaurant

Jayne Thoma, Executive Director, United Way in Waukesha County

Deb Zindler, Principal & Creative Director, z2Marketing


In addition, the following appointments were made on the Executive Committee:


David Frazer, Board President, V.P. (retired), Waukesha State Bank

Jim Lenahan, Vice-President, President & CEO, Aries Industries

Jay Mack, Treasurer, President & CEO, Town Bank

Carol Hecht, Secretary, Principal, Vrakas/Blum


About the Waukesha County Museum:

The 1893 castle-like structure at East Avenue and Main Street in Waukesha, Wisconsin is home to the Waukesha County Museum. Originally constructed as the county’s second courthouse, the building is owned and operated by the Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum, Inc., a not-for-profit organization.


Three floors of exhibits cover such topics as the Civil War, early settlement in the county, architecture, toys from many generations, and technology. The Museum offers educational programs throughout the year including spring and summer camps, Scout programs, and guided tours. The Research Center contains over 28,000 printed documents and over 250,000 photographs for researchers to reference.


The Museum’s 75,000 square foot building is a complex of three structures. The oldest portion is the shell of Waukesha County’s second jail built in 1885, which had been converted to office space in the 1980s. With its stunning turrets, the 1893 Richardson Romanesque courthouse captures the attention of all. Connecting the two older buildings is a 1938 WPA structure, stark by contrast in its Art Moderne/Art Deco style architecture. The building presents an opportunity to discover and contrast architectural details reflecting the culture of the times.


The Waukesha County Museum has been in the same building since its opening in 1914. The building was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1975. The Historical Society purchased the building from Waukesha County in 2003.

The Waukesha County Museum is located at 101 W. Main Street at East Avenue in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Exhibits and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for Adults, $4 for Seniors (62 & older), $3 for Students (6-17); Children under age 6 are Free

Museum Members: Free

Note: Free admission to Waukesha County residents with valid ID every Wednesday.

For additional information, call (262) 521-2859 or visit


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