mission of the Frederick Area Historical Society (FAHS) is to celebrate our
heritage and preserve it for future generations.
organization was established April 19, 2006. Annual meetings with election of
officers will be held in April of each year. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
corporation. Bequests and gifts to FAHS are tax-deductible.
our first membership drive in 2008, much has been accomplished. Excavation,
footings and a foundation for the Senn School (located just behind the sod
house) have been completed. With the snow accumulation that we have had this
winter the actual move of the school building will not be made until spring.
The Allison Township School, which has also been gifted to us, will be a future
exciting news is our purchase of the Fylpaa building, built approximately 1899
(originally Fylpaa Mercantile Co.). Located at 414 Main St., Frederick
(adjacent to our side house and schoolhouse site), it is one of the oldest and
most historic buildings remaining in our town. The building has also been known
to many as the Masonic Temple and later Society Hall because of the movies,dances, and school events held there. It has housed many fraternal
organizations as well as the Brown County News, an antique shop, lodging for
hunters and several bars, the most recent known as “Hog Wild Saloon.” We are
proceeding with an application to place the building on the National Register
of Historic Places, a prerequisite for a Deadwood grant. This grant would help
us restore the exterior of the building to its original appearance. The
interior of the building’s first floor is in usable condition and will
accommodate FAHS office space, historic displays, a workshop and souvenir shop.
Other suggestions for later use of the second floor have been an art gallery,
craft co-op or dance studio. This purchase combines all of the FAHS properties
into one museum site and will give us an immediate presence in the community.
of FAHS are invaluable in the decision-making, planning and implementation of
our project. Annual membership dues are $10 per person, due in the first
quarter of the year, before the annual meeting in April. You do not have to be
a member to help our organization. Gifts of time, labor, artifacts or money are
also needed and appreciated.
An acquisitions committee has been formed to
review and accept donations of artifacts, photographs, documents and
memorabilia to be displayed in the museum. We are immediately seeking any items
pertinent to the Fylpaa Mercantile, Fylpaa family or any past uses of the
To join you may complete the membership form by downloading it here. Send your completed forms, correspondence or donations to: