Carlisle Area Historical Society

Saving History for Tomorrow


Pioneer Voices Cemetery Event

Posted by Melody Kirk on October 23, 2011 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (1)

The Pioneer Voices Cemetery Event was a blast! Both the audience and the cast had a great time and all of us learned a little bit more about the pioneers who settled this area.

It was a beautiful evening with perfect weather. It got a bit dark for the 6:30 performance and a flashlight was needed to help the actors navigate their lines but that did not detract from the experience. We would love to hear feeback about this and our other historic offerings. If you want to see more, please let us know!





Mark Twain Event Success

Posted by Melody Kirk on August 1, 2011 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

 The evening was cool enough to be bearable and the rain held off. What an entertaining night!  Recent donors were invited to the pre-performance party to eat, chat and mingle with the actors. Some singing took place and a birthday was celebrated!

Outside the shuttle from the school delivered the audience and the excitement began to build. Lorenzo perfectly captured the dry humor that made Mark Twain one of America's most enduring authors. Highlights from Tom Sawyer, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, The Prince and the Pauper and Eve and Adam's Diary were presented along with witty repartee, music and dance.

Carlisle is fortunate to have been given the opportunity to present this caliber of play. The production was made possible by BRAVO, The City of Carlisle, CAHS and several individual donors. Thank you so much. The actors from the Shakespeare Experience are wonderful and I can't wait to see more of them!



Posted by Melody Kirk on June 27, 2011 at 8:19 PM Comments comments (0)

I just received the CD with the photos that Sandy Morris took at our Civil War Event. They are spectacular. I am going to post my favorite but you will want to visit her website (sandymorrisphotography) to order a copy of your favorite. She and Dani (Captured by Dani) are available for weddings, senior photos and other events. Both are wonderful photographers!

Doesn't it look like a scene out of the past??


What a Weekend!

Posted by Melody Kirk on June 13, 2011 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (1)

The Civil War Weekend was a smash hit! The weather was perfect and everyone had a wonderful time. Many people asked us to make it an annual event. Carlisle has long searched for something unique to bring folks to town. This could be it!

The reenactors were delighted with the food. Everyone knows that an army travels on its stomach and when word gets around that Carlisle offers up some good home cookin' there will be more soldiers and their families who come for the event. This was truly a family event with children of all ages taking part.

Stan DeHaan's realistic portrayal of Abraham Lincoln sent chills up our spines and Jessica Michna as Mary Todd Lincoln on Saturday and Sari Semple on Sunday brought tears to our eyes as she told the story of women who lived through those perilous times.

Thanks go to everyone who worked so hard to make this event a success. Mary Sue & Rob Van Ryswyk, Kathy Fleishman, Carol Murphy, Mike Kinter, Danny Roach, Susan and Glen Robinson, Melissa Hawk, Teri and Greg Gruss, Jim Snyder, Darl & Ethel Lee, Mary and Denny Keeney, Brooke Mott, Jon Peterson, Alma Reed,  Reenactors Carol and Roger Shannon, Jim Hawk, Bob Buelow, photographer Sandy Morris. The list goes on and on. I am sure I missed someone, please forgive me. Mary Sue has the list of people who donated pies, money and supplies. This was truly a team effort and we could not have done it without your help!

Pictures are posted in the photo gallery and on our Facebook page.


Remembering Restaurant Icons

Posted by Melody Kirk on April 24, 2011 at 8:09 AM Comments comments (0)

The May event this year will be a luncheon instead of a tea. We are hoping to encourage gentlemen to come to this tasty event as well as the ladies who have made our past events so successful. This luncheon is a tribute to some of Des Moines restaurant icons. Recipes from Younker's Tea Room, The Bishop Buffet and King's Food Host will be featured for this nostalgic event.

If you ate there as a youngster you will enjoy tasting those delightful treats again. Make reservations now!

One seating only. 1:00 pm on Saturday May 7th. $20.00 Call Mary Sue  at 321-6585 or e-mail   

Lincoln Dinner a Fabulous Success!

Posted by Melody Kirk on April 11, 2011 at 9:18 AM Comments comments (10)

The April 9th Lincoln Dinner was a resounding success. Delicious, authentic food was offered to 21 guests, many of whom were dressed in period costume. The meal was presided over by an elegant Mary Todd Lincoln portrayed by Melissa Hawk and Stan DeHaan as President Abraham Lincoln. Guests were transported back 150 years in time. Wonderful pictures were taken by "Captured By Dani". Be sure to check out her Facebook page!

 Our compliments and thanks to Josh Van Ryswyk for this historic dinner. He is an outstanding chef. Also kudos to Mary Sue for her culinary efforts and the organization and planning that went into this event. No one else could have pulled this off!

The house is looking beautiful thanks to Kathy F and D-I-L Lisa  F. They have done a wonderful job with the stairs and 2nd floor. Jen from Flowers Island brought centerpieces. Everyone pitched in to make the house glow! Wait staff was clad in period costume and aprons. Thanks so much to all the workers, servers, cleaners and photographers. It was truly a one of a kind event. Sorry you missed it?? You should be. Don't let the next one go by without attending!