Or, in the words of local historian Gerry Karwowski, "It's terrible how our heritage ends up on eBay."
Karwowski sent me a link to a just-ended eBay auction of an "Antique 19th Century Important Oil on Canvas Portrait Painting of Civil War Capt. Gilbert Knapp's wife, by Thurston Black."
We don't know Black, but we sure do know Gilbert Knapp, who founded the settlement of Port Gilbert at the mouth of the Root River in 1834. The "Gilbert" name never took, and we became Racine a few years later.
The 10-day auction got only 17 bids during its first nine days, reaching only $205. But bidding got spirited today, with 16 more bids, with the portrait finally selling for $710 as two bidders dueled it out with bids in the final 12 seconds.