K-12 Field Trips
The Wisconsin history you read about in text books becomes a vibrant learning experience full of activities for students and teachers to see and do when you visit the Manitowoc County Historical Society. You can barter with the storekeeper, feel the heat from the blacksmith’s forge, set up a Civil War camp, play games with the local pioneer children, and help with the farm chores.
Pinecrest Village is on the grounds of the Manitowoc County Historical Society complex. Pinecrest Village is a reproduction of a small Wisconsin community during the early 1900s. The buildings form the commercial, social, and political core of a town and they represent several architectural styles of Wisconsin's history. The furnishings, items, and tools in the various buildings used by the Pinecrest Village interpreters are either original pieces or carefully researched reproductions.
Each of our tour experiences satisfy specific Wisconsin academic standards and includes hands-on opportunities to interact with objects and artifacts at our living history museum. Subjects including social studies, language arts, math, and science are all incorporated into your visit. Students get the perfect mix of learning, adventure, and fun during their visit.
Your visit is self-guided, with a map of interactive guided experiences.
Tour Groups: We recommend touring in groups less than 10 students.
Max Capacity: 200 students per day
Time: Each tour experience is 2 hours in length and comprises of 6 20-minute stations in our historic structures. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time. Our museum is open until 4 pm and you may take part in self-guided exploration or independent pioneer games at no additional charge. Please see fees below if scheduling a second tour option.
Fee: $6 per student for the first program; $3 additional per student for a second program. Teachers and aids admitted at no charge. One free chaperone is allowed for every 10 students. Additional chaperones are $6 each.
Availability: Programs are available May 1 through October 24, Tuesday through Friday.
Contact: Please contact our Program Coordinator, Alexandra Brendemuehl, at (920) 684-4445 or email@example.com for more information or to register for an experience.
pioneer sampler (recomended for k-grade 1)
What chores would you do as a boy or girl growing up in Pinecrest Village in 1900? Students will experience the daily chores pioneer children would have completed, attend a one-room school lesson, and practice multiple math skills including estimating, measuring, and weighing.
Pinecrest Village (recommended for grade 2-3)
What was it like for a child to grow up in a small Wisconsin town in 1900? During this program, your students will learn the answers to this question. Meet our Village's entrepreneurs: the printer, Sorenson family, school teacher, general store keepers, and depot station agent.
We came to wisconsin (recommended for grade 4)
Immerse yourself in a 19th-century village and interact with the people, objects and routines of life in rural Wisconsin in 1872. You can study in the one-room schoolhouse, help with chores or watch a tradesperson at work. You'll meet residents of Pinecrest Village as they go about their daily lives. You'll learn new skills and they might even tell you stories of how they came to Wisconsin.
civil war (recommended for grade 3-5)
Dress in a Civil War jacket and hat, taste hardtack, learn a drill that soldiers did using Civil War “dummy” guns, and even pick up some Civil War slang. Follow along as a Civil War re-enactor takes you marching, drilling, and following the path of the Flag of Company A.
trades and occupations (recommended for grades 4-12)
Meet tradepeople in Pinecrest Village and become their apprentice: Mr. Sykora at the shoe shop, Mr. Witt in the blacksmith shop, Mrs. Rank at the Dress Shop, the newspaper reporter, the railroad conductor, and the Burke's, who own the General Store. Learn how they are adapting to new technology and power to expand their businesses.
Pulleys and Plows (any age or multi-age groups)
*New in Fall 2018*
Early communities depended on science, technology, engineering, and math skills in order to be successful. Move heavy loads with a fulcrum and lever and pulleys. Work with wood tools like a hand drill and a plane. See how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and history connect through pioneer power in the 19th century.
Life on the Farm (any age or multi-age groups)
*New in Fall 2018*
Time is a resource to use wisely. From laundry to baking, each day of the week had its own chores in the 1900s. See how a farming family made the most of each season with their daily work.
1872 School and play (any age or multi-age groups)
Experience school in 1872. Interact with our school teacher to take part in lessons. Students will read from McGuffey’s Readers, complete math problems on slates, and participate in spelling bees. If you finish your lessons promptly, there will be time for games.