"Where do we go from here"?
Imagine a small travel trailer, its silver metal reflecting the heat of a warm Wisconsin summer day. In this make-shift storage shed works a small team of dreamers, wearing dress shirts and sweating as they look over land plans transforming the 40 acre farm field around them into an outdoor historical village. MCHS Board President Armond Kueter, Past President Joseph J. Rappel, and Pine Crest planning committee members had a vision for what our Society and museum could become and today we are entrusted with its success.
Over 50 years ago, neighbors like you gave generously, held bake sales, and passed the offering basket again and again to secure treasured century old structures and build, debt-free, what would become Pinecrest Village.
When the first wave of visitors came to our museum in 1977, the future was far from guaranteed. Many sacrificed what little they had and their valuable time and energy to keep the gates open.
The Manitowoc County Historical Society and its Pinecrest Historical Village soon became part of the fabric of our community. It’s where the stories of our ancestors are preserved, where our family roots are shared, and where our triumphs, tragedies, and laughter will forever live. It’s the place we all count on to be there for us and for those of the future.
During the 1977 dedication of the Village, volunteer and committee member Edward Ehlert asked, “Where do we go from here”? He said that depends on you, your generosity, and your spirit.
You’ve helped make our Manitowoc County Historical Society one of the leading museums in innovation and preservation across Wisconsin, and now it’s our turn, as the next generation, to expand this vibrant museum campus for our future. We’re just starting the conversation on what the future will look like. We know it will include more programs, opportunities for learning and travel, and a re-imagining of what history looks like.
I’m writing today asking you to consider making a gift to catapult our Manitowoc County Historical Society to the next level. The initial Pine Crest Village planning committee would never have dreamed that a small silver trailer in the middle of a field would one day blossom into a museum for over 12,000 visitors. In the same way, together with your neighbors, you can redefine what our future looks like.
Our Manitowoc County Historical Society is an organization that remains a vital part of our community, continually pursuing new ways to preserve and share our heritage. Please join me in giving generously.