The Great Awakening on the Sauk Prairie

October 8, 2023

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm


Witwen Park - Tabernacle
S9855 County Rd E
Sauk City, WI 53959
Free and open to the public, registration encouraged

For more than 120 years, the Witwen Park & Campground has been a beloved fixture of Witwen and the larger community of Sauk County. Join us for an exploration of its history — from early beginnings as a picturesque, rural picnic grove, to its transformation into a religious center for Sauk Prairie residents during The Great Awakening, to serving as the heart of the regional Fourth of July parade & barbeque, alongside countless picnics, plays, concerts, and family reunions each year.

Paying homage to the families and congregations that have stewarded the campground’s preservation, the presentation will be given in the Tabernacle, Wisconsin’s longest-serving and second-oldest tabernacle, and one of only two remaining in the state today.”

Erica Ruggiero is a Principal and Historic Preservation Specialist at the women-owned architecture firm of McGuire Igleski & Associates (MIA). Since joining MIA in 2014, Erica has led the firm’s historic preservation services including preservation planning reports, historic resource surveys, local and national landmark designations, Historic American Building Survey, building condition assessments, and regulatory review projects across Illinois and the upper Midwest. She is President of the Board for Chicago for Chicagoans, chair of the Service Subcommittee for Skyline Council of Landmarks Illinois, member of the Packingtown Museum Committee, and Treasurer of the Board for Pullman Tech Workshop.