Thursday, February 01, 2024

How well do you know Lakeside Park?

Dr. Fred Born, a local historian, will tell “The History of Fond du Lac's Lakeside Park: The Most Complete Story of this Amazing Park," on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. in the McLane Room at the Fond du Lac Public Library.

Discover interesting facts about Lakeside Park, learn about its early days, and view rarely seen images and maps from the park’s early days. 

Born, a retired veterinarian in the community, also will talk about the former Lakeside Park Zoo and petting zoo. He will discuss early supporters of the park and how they contributed to the city of Fond du Lac as well.

Born’s presentation is one of a series of History at Home presentations for the 2024 season. Other programs planned in the series this year include:

  • Mar. 14: The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in Wisconsin
  • April 11: Lisle Lester, early Fond du Lac resident & women's rights pioneer
  • May 9: Finding Fond du Lac’s soldiers - Identifying remains of soldiers who died abroad
  • June 13: The History of Wisconsin's KKK
  • July 11: The History of the Oakfield Speedway
  • Aug. 8: Early Fond du Lac sheriffs
  • Sept. 12: Singer Al Jarreau & his connection to Fond du Lac County
  • Oct. 10: Pier Cemetery
  • Nov. 14: Tribal History of the Ho-Chunk Nation

History at Home programs focus on stories about the area's past every month. Programs are held on the second Thursday of every month at 6 pm in the McLane Room. The programs are free; no registration is necessary to attend. Those who are unable to attend in person may watch live via Facebook at Many History at Home programs also are captured on video and shared on the library's YouTube channel.