Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Heritage of the Hill
The Wisconsin Sunday School Assembly purchased the 28-acre parcel in 1881 to provide families with two weeks of entertainment and inspiration. Dozens of canvas tents bordered the "streets" and a large pavilion seated 450 persons. Lectures by noted orators often attracted audiences of 3,000. Concerts by local and national bands provided evening entertainment. Lake steamers, carriages, trains and street cars brought passengers from Madison. The Monona Lake Assembly became the "Chatauqua of the West."
In 1910, after the Assembly's popularity had declined, the city purchased the land as Monona Park, renamed in Olin Park in 1922. After the acquisiton of adjacent Turville Point in 1980, it became Olin-Turville Park.
Erected 2001 by Dane County Historical Society. (Marker Number 37.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Dane County Historical Society marker series.
Location. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Madison WI 53715, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Olin-Turville Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Monona Lake Assembly Normal Hall (about 600 feet away); Bernie's Beach (approx. 0.6 miles away); Brittingham Boat House (approx. 0.9 miles away); John Nolen Causeway (approx. one mile away); Eggiman House (approx. one mile away); American Tobacco Co. Warehouses (approx. one mile away); La Follette House (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison.
Regarding Heritage of the Hill. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "This pavilion was built as a 450-seat lecture hall for the Monona Lake Assembly. Established to provide instruction for Sunday school teachers, it soon became a popular summer camp for tourists from throughout the Midwest. As many as 15,000 came each year for religious instruction, entertainment, recreation, and lectures by such notables as William McKinley and 'Fighting Bob' La Follette. The Normal Hall is one of the last buildings remaining from Madison's
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