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Friends of Fort Atkinson

The Friends of Fort Atkinson (FOFA) is comprised of the living-history volunteers and patrons dedicated to the efforts of preserving and presenting the history and heritage of Fort Atkinson in the most accurate, educational and enjoyable manner possible for both the participant and visitor.  

 We are a non-profit organization that is governed by our Council of Administration (COA). Although there have been volunteers presenting living-history interpretation at the fort for several decades, FOFA was officially organized in 1994 and incorporated in 1995. The COA is comprised of five voting representatives elected at large from the membership and two non-voting members consisting of representatives from the Fort Atkinson S.H.P. staff and the Fort Atkinson Foundation.

While the COA conducts the overall business of the organization and is the overseer of the living-history program as a whole, the groups have their own internal organization and conduct themselves according to the goals of the program and within the guidelines of our bylaws. 

The name of our governing body was chosen as a parallel and to carry on the namesake of the original Council of Administration that would oversee affairs of most Army posts of the time. The council would manage affairs such as setting prices for the regimental sutler so that a fair and equitable pricing of goods was established.

The official publication of FOFA is 'The Military Journal'. The Journal is named after and dedicated to the weekly journal that was printed at the original Fort Atkinson. The Military Journal is provided with a paid membership.  Membership dues are used to help offset the basic operating expenses of the living history events that take place at the fort.  

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