Note: We are making plans for using this
website primarily for our 'business' and 'historical records usage', and
shifting to a new domain at
www.centrevillesettlement.org for Outreach, Member Information, social media
hub, calendar, and current event photos/videos. Please watch for that
implementation in the next few months. Because of those changes some
information and links in this site may become inactive. If you're looking
for things that used to be here but are now gone, check out the new site:
Watch too for a possible new mobile app at
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volunteer? Are you a Board member?
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Check out all our newsletters and downloadable educational materials
Videos? We have a few, including the latest on
Nightlife at the Lutze
Housebarn! More on our links page.
November 2017 saw us putting the finishing touches on the final corner of the
main barn foundation. That means the entire
perimeter of the main building is structurally complete and sitting on a solid
foundation!! Yes! That's why it will be time to parteeee at Fasching time!
Check out a YouTube video of a part of it in the city of Rottweil, Germany
(Chris took a timber framing workshop there in 2002).
now on Facebook! Become a fan and get all the latest news and
discussions! Look to our Facebook page for the latest photos and videos,
weekly plans and more!
1840's, many people from the Saxon state of Germany and others from surrounding
European areas settled in what is known today as the Town of Centerville,
They were attracted to the land of rich resources and the similarity
to the homeland they left behind.
This heritage remains strong in the Centerville community today,
reflected by it's people, landscapes, and buildings.
Who and Where We Are
We are a non-profit tax deductible group, Centreville Settlement,
Inc.. We are dedicated to the preservation of our rural farming heritage,
and offer experiences in northeast Wisconsin, USA.
Over the past years, the members and friends of the
organization have assisted with the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Wagon Train event,
helped coordinate bake oven events, performed oral histories of oldsters
throughout the area, and have continued to document and educate about historic
buildings in the Centerville Township area of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.
Do you have a story to share about days gone by?
Would you like to dig into the past to learn more about local history?
Greater Centerville Historians is a branch of Centreville Settlement, Inc. that
has become a model for oral history methods in Wisconsin.
Our Goals and Programs
Centreville Settlement, Inc. seeks to preserve this rich heritage
Preservation of buildings... many historic and unique buildings
exist in the area and are in need of preservation before they are lost
Developing educational programming focused on:
- Ethnic arts and crafts
- Settler sufficiency skills
- Understanding heritage and its value today
- Restoration skills and techniques
- Local historical research and documentation
Promoting and stimulating economic development through:
- Bed and breakfasts
- Cottage industries
- Tourism sympathetic to history and preservation
- Appropriate economic use of historic buildings
- Promotion of local products and industry
Preserve rural history by:
- Developing a rural historic district in which buildings can be seen in
their original settings
- Record the oral and video history of the area for future generations
- Insuring the serenity that attracted the original settlers
- Restoring the Lutze Housebarn and other historic German-American
buildings in the area
- 920-693-8525 General
920-693-3141 Lutze Housebarn Restoration Director
- 920-693-3454 Tours
- Postal address
- P.O. Box 247
Cleveland, WI 53015 USA
- Electronic mail (for the following
addresses please replace the (at) with an '@' symbol and you'll be all
- President: Richard Lutze
lutze (at) tds.net
Treasurer: Greg Zahn
greg (at) circleunionfarm.com
- General Information and Acting Secretary:
Kathy Pearce - kpear2002 (at) yahoo.com
- Volunteer Coordinator: Open, interested?
Otto Wiegand -
rowiegand (at) centrevillesettlement.com
- Lutze Housebarn Restoration Director:
Kuehnel - chris (at) centrevillesettlement.com
- Tours Coordinator: Sarah Lutze - sdlutze (at) sasd.net