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Antique Set"Thanks to a generous donation of a bedroom set from the 1850's the Peshtigo Fire Museum will have a new exhibit this summer. Darren Kramer and his sister, Danae (Kramer) Ciske donated the bedroom set that was a family heirloom to the Peshtigo Fire Museum following the recent passing of their mother Joyce (Drees) Kramer. Volunteers spent Saturday morning moving the set from the Kramer residence to the museum and set up the new display. Top Photo: (Left to Right) Carl Malke, Historical Society Vice President Cathi Malke, Historical Society Treasurer Mary Jo Seidl, City of Peshtigo Firefighter Chris Rohde, volunteer Jacob Rohde, Firefighter Kameron Hood, Firefighter Shawn Northrop, Mike Seidl, volunteer Jack Vorpahl, Firefighter Joel Ahrens, volunteers Michael Ahrens, Jeff Vorpahl and Historical Society Director Ron Strojny. Bottom Photo:Firefighter Kameron Hood and volunteer Jacob Rohde carry in one of the antique dressers donated by the Kramer family.
Peshtigo Fire Museum Gets 1850's Exhibit From Former Mayor's Family
Issue Date: April 29, 2020
It is still not clear when the Peshtigo Fire Museum will reopen its doors in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, but when visitors do come back, there will be a new piece of history waiting for them.
The museum recently received a donation of a beautifully preserved bedroom set dating to the 1850's. The antique set is an heirloom of the family of former Peshtigo Mayor Henry Drees. The set originally belonged to the grandparents of the former mayor's first wife, Nina Loomis. Molly and Lyman Loomis got the set shortly after they were married in 1857. The 160 year old set is complete with accents of the time period, including a hair brush set and wash basin. The original owners' photos are also included in the exhibit.
The donation was made by Drees' grandchildren, Darren Kramer and Danae Ciske after the recent passing of their mother, Joyce Kramer of Peshtigo.
"We are thrilled that this great piece of history has found a new home at the Peshtigo Fire Museum, a place that our grandfather loved so much, and put so much time and effort into," said Kramer. "We hope it brings visitors the joy it has to our family for so many years."
Peshtigo Mayor and Vice-President of the Peshtigo Historical Society, stated the Museum is honored to have such a wonderful addition to the Museum. She also thanked the Kramer family for their donation.