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Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre

The Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre (BDACT) not only provides wonderful, local, live entertainment for the community, it is also an extraordinary, local theatrical training ground for youth and adults alike. BDACT has always made excellence in theatrical production a goal, but the organization has also found a “role” for any area residents whether on or off stage. Performers, ranging from 5-year-old kindergartners to adults in their senior years, perform both in BDACT’s own theater and in the Beaver Dam High School auditorium. BDACT’s current theater is a historic church building downtown, but the organization purchased a former Catholic grade school downtown in 2014 and will be renovating the structure to accommodate two theaters, improved patron services, enhanced dressing rooms and additional prop storage.

Dodge County Historical Society

Dodge County Historical Society

The Dodge County Historical Society’s goal is the preservation of the history of Dodge County, with an emphasis on the preservation of the history of the City of Beaver Dam. The society, which is an affiliate of the Wisconsin State Historical Society, was formed in 1938, for the preservation of articles pertaining to the pioneer days and to the early history of Beaver Dam. The organization has been located at different sites over the years but is currently housed in the former Williams Free Library building located in the heart of downtown. The museum features changing seasonal exhibits, plus the “Tribute to Veterans” permanent exhibit, permanent displays of famous native sons and daughters, including actors Brian Donlevy and Fred MacMurray, athlete Maddy Horn, authors Harlowe Hoyt and Raymond Gallun, and naturalist/explorer Delia Denning Akeley. Children love the “One Room Schoolhouse” permanent interactive exhibit for youth.

Beaver Dam Area Arts Association

One of Beaver Dam’s most successful homegrown companies, Advanced Products (now part of Burgess-Norton Manufacturing), was founded by Peter Seippel. As part of a family legacy, the Seippel home is leased to the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association (BDAAA) for use as the Seippel Homestead & Center for the Arts.

Today the BDAAA uses the property as a cultural asset for not only Beaver Dam, but also the entire Dodge County region. The center hosts changing special exhibits, and art classes and special programs monthly throughout the year. The Association’s mission, “to encourage and stimulate the promotion of the arts in Dodge County through community involvement, with focus on the visual arts” is fulfilled everyday through activities at the Seippel Center.

The BDAAA also has a year round gift shop with items any art lover would enjoy, but particularly at Christmas time when it becomes the Holiday Gift Gallery.

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