The First Brigade Band will perform at Galesville Founders Day.

Galesville Founders Day Celebration June 19


The day recognizes and celebrates our proud history. A few of those who will be honored include George Gale (1816-1868), a pioneer, judge, legislator, founder of Gale College and the city of Galesville; Captain Alexander A. Arnold (1833-1915), a lawyer, politician, innovative farmer; and Rev. D.O. Van Slyke (1818-1890), a circuit rider. This event is held annually on the third Saturday in June and is sponsored by the Galesville Area Chamber of Commerce.

The First Brigade Band of Watertown, Wis., will punctuate the celebration with half hour concerts at the Arnold House at 11 a.m. and Old Main at 3:30 p.m. The group replicates Wisconsin’s own band of the First Brigade, Third Division, 15th Army Corps; formed in 1864, the brigade participated, under the command of Gen. William T. Sherman, in the campaigns of Northern Georgia and the Carolinas. They perform period music on original brass instruments.

The day will start with the Farmers Market on the Galesville Town Square to run from 8 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The Garden of Eatin’ will serve a sausage and egg sandwich from 8 a.m. to noon for $3, and the Galesville Downtown Business Association will offer refreshments from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gale’s Lanes will offer a “Sock Bowl” for $2. Dave Kiral will play music at the bandstand from 9:15 to10:15 a.m., and you may hear the Gate City Band from Winona between 10:30 and 12:30 a.m.

The program at the Arnold House at 19408 Silver Creek Road will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the Civil War Encampment of the Second Minnesota Battery: canon firings at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., the First Brigade Band at 11 a.m. and stew lunch for $7. Beverages and dessert are available.

At 2:30 p.m. the Old Main venue at 20869 College Avenue will feature the George and Gertrude Gale Strawberry Social with John and Abby Sacia enacting the host and hostess. The program will include presentation of the first Twesme Family Past and Future Horizons Essay Award; Valerie Feyen has been named the winner. Andrew Fox will unveil the painting he will present of Old Main. The program will tell the story of Julia Parker, Galesville pianist (circa 1900) with period music, and close with taps at the Gale grave site. An art show from G-E-T high school students, and strawberry shortcake, followed by the First Brigade Band at 3:30 p.m.

The Galesville Fire Department at 20295 West Mill Road will start serving drive-through chicken-que dinners at 10 a.m. for $10 with sit down starting at 11 a.m. until they’re gone. They will offer basket raffles, a selfie photo station, a 1941 fire truck on display and a photo display of Galesville Historic Fires. Dance to polka music from noon to 4 p.m. featuring “Karl, Ryan, and Denny.” They will serve brats, burgers and hotdogs for supper. You can play bingo from 4-6 p.m. then join the cornhole tournament at 6 p.m. Dance to the tunes of Double Take from 8 p.m. to midnight.

You may want to enter the photo contest. Take selfie photos at five of Galesville’s historic sites for three chances to win $25. For details go to


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