History of Black Point 117 years in the making

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CSI Media Staff | February 19, 2016

LAKE GENEVA--Black Point Estate archivist  Emily Larson will present “Everything Speaks: Stories From the Black Point Collection,” on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Featuring real artifacts from Black Point Estate and images in a PowerPoint presentation, the program will include diaries, pictures, letters, trophies, brewing memorabilia, items from the 1893 World's Fair and other pieces people might not expect. Nearly every featured artifact to be revealed at the program has never been on display for the public.

More than 117 years of family history is preserved in the Black Point collection. Larson will explore the collection through key pieces that bring to life the bygone era of a Chicago family and its Wisconsin summer retreat. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lake Geneva Public Library.

“'Everything Speaks' is one part 'Antiques Road Show,' one part 'True Detective,' and one part a whole lot of fun,” Larson said.

Larson is a recent college graduate who has spent the last two years immersed in the collections of Black Point Estate. Over the last summer, she completed the process of carefully labeling more than 2,000 artifacts in the mansion and is moving forward in the process of researching, preserving and presenting the artifacts that tell the Black Point family history in a way that only objects, papers and photographs can.

Everyone is welcome to attend this program at no charge.



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