Digging Through the Mold for Historic Gems

by Andy Kraushaar and David Erickson, Wisconsin Historical Society

An assorted stack of art moldering in Sid's abandoned house (August, 2015).
An assorted stack of art moldering in Sid’s abandoned house (August, 2015).

In July 2015, Mark Fraire of the Dane County Cultural affairs Commission invited staff members of the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) to review the contents of the Sid Boyum house at 237 Waubesa Street. The County had recently taken over the house for non-payment of taxes and had planned to sell the house and all of  its contents at public auction in September of 2015.  Mark wanted to save the art within the house and asked if WHS could make an assessment.

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