Pinecrest Pints and Plates
Jul
22
5:30 PM17:30

Pinecrest Pints and Plates

 
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Enjoy an evening sampling local craft beer, wine, and foods set in the beautiful Pinecrest Historical Village! Music, food, and after-hours access to the historic village all make for a fun and unique night out with friends.

This event is for adults ages 21+. Please bring ID as it will be checked at the door.

Admission includes:

  • 2 oz. tastings of beers and wines

  • Food samples from area restaurants

  • Commemorative pint glass

  • Access to browse the historic structures of Pinecrest Historical Village

  • Wide array of auction and raffle items to win

Tickets: $50 before July 22 or $60 the day of, at the door, if not sold out.

 

Handcrafted Local Food & Beverages

Visit local breweries, wineries, and food producers on-site to sample their favorites! Join us as we welcome Ahnapee Brewery, Cedar Crest Ice Cream, CNC Links, Cold Country Vines and Wines, Cravings, Cultivate Taste, French Creek Bakery, Gill’s Bar and Grill, The Hearty Olive, Lakeshore Culinary Institute, Manty Malters Homebrew Club, PetSkull Brewery, Pine River Dairy, Sabbatical Brewing, and JoAnn Vogel.

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Up for bidding fun:
American Girl Doll
Cedar Crest Ice Cream
CNC Links
Cold Country Vines and Wines
Green Bay Packers football
Henning's Wisconsin Cheese
Milwaukee Brewers tickets
Pine River Dairy
Park hopper passes for Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Walt Disney Land in California

Our goal is to raise $10,000 to support our year round hands-on education programs for thousands of children and adults.

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Educator Appreciation Day
Jul
23
1:00 PM13:00

Educator Appreciation Day

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The Manitowoc County Historical Society would like to say thank you to all of the educators who put in the time and effort to bring learning to life for their students.

If you’ve never been to the Manitowoc County Historical Society with your students, come out to preview what the museum has to offer. Or if you’ve already visited many times with students, enjoy exploring at a leisurely pace. Education experience interpreters will be on hand to lead short informational sessions on incorporating an educational visit or program to enhance your classroom learning. Light refreshments will be served. 

You may arrive anytime between 1 pm and 4 pm. We recommend at least 2 hours to explore and enjoy refreshments.

Educators are admitted free; additional family members pay regular admission fee.

Please RSVP by July 16. You can RSVP with the form below, send an email to programs@manitowoccountyhistory.org, or call (920) 684-4445.

 

Educator Appreciation RSVP Form:

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Museum Mice Tour
Jul
24
10:30 AM10:30

Museum Mice Tour

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Enjoy a tour for our smallest of visitors! The Museum Mice preschool series tours will be offered to toddlers and young children and their parents, grandparents, or caregivers. Different topics will be offered weekly on Wednesdays from June 19 to July 31 (excluding July 3), from 10:30 to 11:30 am.

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Advanced Blacksmithing
Jul
27
10:00 AM10:00

Advanced Blacksmithing

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Take the next step in your blacksmithing training and build on the skills learned in our beginner class. Participants will make a project to take home. Small class size guarantees lots of one-on-one instruction and lots of time at the forge!

All costs of materials are included in the cost of the class. Dress for working in a shop and for the weather (shop is heated by a wood-burning stove only). Bring eye protection and a water bottle.

Fee: $25.00 for MCHS Member. $30 for non-member. Advanced registration required. Age 16 and older.

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Museum Mice Tour
Jul
31
10:30 AM10:30

Museum Mice Tour

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Enjoy a tour for our smallest of visitors! The Museum Mice preschool series tours will be offered to toddlers and young children and their parents, grandparents, or caregivers. Different topics will be offered weekly on Wednesdays from June 19 to July 31 (excluding July 3), from 10:30 to 11:30 am.

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Buffalo Bill Wild West Show
Aug
10
to Aug 11

Buffalo Bill Wild West Show

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Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11
10 am to 4 pm

Join Pinecrest Historical Village in Manitowoc as The Best of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West brings this iconic page of history to life right before your eyes. Catch all the action and adventure of this grand enterprise of sharp shooters and Congress of Rough Riders of the World, in what many consider to be the finest and most faithful portrayal of a true American original.

The Show will include a canvas boomtown full of activities for all ages along with historic trades and crafts in Pinecrest’s historic homes and businesses. The main show will take place at 1:00 pm, both Saturday and Sunday. 

Concessions are available in the Two Creeks Town Hall. No carry-ins are allowed.

Schedule of Activities:
10:30 - Flea Circus
11:00 - Storytime at Shadyside School
11:30 - Flea Circus
12:15 - Parade through town
1:00 - Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Arena Extravaganza
3:00 - Flea Circus
3:30 - Bank Robbery

Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children age 4 to 17, under age 4 is free. MCHS Members are admitted free.

The Buffalo Bill Wild West Show is made possible by the A.C.E. Building Service, Inc., Bank First National, Bitter Neumann, Cellcom/Nsight Telservices, Community First Credit Union, Denmark State Bank, EVM, Inc., Hawkins Ash CPAs, Triangle Distributing, UnitedOne Credit Union, and Weichert, Realtors CornerStone.

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SPARK!
Aug
14
10:45 AM10:45

SPARK!

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Topic: The Pioneer Prairie  - What did our land look like before settlement? Discover the beauty of a natural prairie.

SPARK! is a free monthly program for individuals living with early-to-mid stage memory loss, their care partners, and family members. Participants are engaged in lively conversations, exhibit exploration, historic artifacts, and multi-sensory activities.

SPARK! programs are held at the Manitowoc County Historical Society on the second Wednesday of each month at 11 am. Participants may arrive at 10:45 am for coffee and conversation before the program begins. The program will last between 60 and 90 minutes. Participants and their families are also welcome to stay after the program to tour the museum.

Space is limited for the programs and we ask that you register at least 3 days before the program. To register for a SPARK! program you can email info@ManitowocCountyHistory.org or call the museum at (920) 684-4445.

For more information on SPARK! and the monthly topics, please visit our SPARK! program page.

The SPARK! program at the Manitowoc County Historical Society is made possible in part by generous support from Felician Village.

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Civil War (Homeschool Program)
Aug
15
10:00 AM10:00

Civil War (Homeschool Program)

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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. 

The ideal age for this program is 4 to 17. Register by August 8.

Homeschool program admission is $6 for students age 4 to 17. Children under 4 are admitted free. One adult educator per family is admitted free.  Additional adults may join in the program at a cost of $6 each. 

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Family Blacksmithing Workshop
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

Family Blacksmithing Workshop

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This class will allow a parent/grandparent to work with a child as they learn historic blacksmithing techniques in a historic setting. Everyone will get to make several small, hands-on projects, such as small dinner triangles and hooks, while learning about proper safety in a workshop environment.

All costs of materials are included in the cost of the class. Dress for working in a shop and for the weather (shop is heated by a wood-burning stove only). Bring eye protection and a water bottle.

Fee: $35.00 for MCHS Member pair. $50 for non-member pair. A pair is defined as one adult and one child (age 12 to 17). Advanced registration is required. 

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Tram Tour
Aug
18
1:00 PM13:00

Tram Tour

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This guided tour of the Manitowoc County Historical Society's Pinecrest Village spans more than 150 years of history and 60 acres. Approximately 90 minutes in duration, the tour will take you to each building in our Village using our motorized tram. The tram will stop at each building, where you can depart from the tram if you wish to enter the structure. 

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Tram Tour
Aug
21
1:00 PM13:00

Tram Tour

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This guided tour of the Manitowoc County Historical Society's Pinecrest Village spans more than 150 years of history and 60 acres. Approximately 90 minutes in duration, the tour will take you to each building in our Village using our motorized tram. The tram will stop at each building, where you can depart from the tram if you wish to enter the structure. 

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History Happy Hour: Saucy's Sports Lounge
Aug
21
5:30 PM17:30

History Happy Hour: Saucy's Sports Lounge

History Happy Hour will be held at Saucy’s Sports Lounge (1915 Washington Street, Manitowoc) on August 21 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Guests during History Happy Hour will receive a historical overview handout about the tavern, along with a commemorative photo coaster, and a raffle to support the Meeme House Inn Project will also take place.

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Advanced Blacksmithing
Aug
22
10:00 AM10:00

Advanced Blacksmithing

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Take the next step in your blacksmithing training and build on the skills learned in our beginner class. Participants will make a project to take home. Small class size guarantees lots of one-on-one instruction and lots of time at the forge!

All costs of materials are included in the cost of the class. Dress for working in a shop and for the weather (shop is heated by a wood-burning stove only). Bring eye protection and a water bottle.

Fee: $25.00 for MCHS Member. $30 for non-member. Advanced registration required. Age 16 and older.

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Golden Hour at Pinecrest
Aug
22
4:00 PM16:00

Golden Hour at Pinecrest

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Are you a nature enthusiast, photographer, painter, or bird watcher? Don’t miss this opportunity to explore our beautiful grounds after we close to the public on Thursday, August 22 from 4 pm to 6:30 pm. . Take photos, paint, sketch, and hike the nature trail or just relax as you enjoy Golden Hour at Pinecrest. Admission is $10. Professional photographers and artists are welcome. All photographs and artwork must be for personal use and cannot be used for commercial or marketing purposes.

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Save your Stones! Gravestone Preservation Workshop
Sep
6
9:00 AM09:00

Save your Stones! Gravestone Preservation Workshop

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Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity/Holy Family Convent Cemetery with St. Joseph’s Church in the background. Photo is courtesy of Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity.

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The Manitowoc County Historical Society presents a workshop focusing on headstone preservation. Join us from 9 am to 3 pm on Friday, September 6 and discover more about the importance of cemetery preservation.

Indoor classroom learning will take place in the morning at Generose Enrichment Center (former St. Joseph Church) at Silver Lake College. Learn about different types of headstones, how they deteriorate and methods of preservation.

Then put into practice what you’ve learned! We will head out to Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity/Holy Family Convent Cemetery for on-site demonstrations and practice.

Schedule for the workshop:
9 am to 11 am: Indoor presentation on "Cemetery Preservation Basics" at Generose Enrichment Center (former St. Joseph Church)
11 am-12 pm Lunch and meet at the cemetery
12-3 pm Gravestone cleaning and gravestone resetting demonstration in the Field. 

The cost for the workshop is $35 for MCHS Members and $45 for Non-Members. The workshop includes lunch and a gravestone cleaning kit. Class size is limited to 25, so make your reservation today. Reservations are due by August 23.

Thank you to the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity for helping to make this workshop possible!

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Mid-Lakes Thresheree
Sep
7
to Sep 8

Mid-Lakes Thresheree

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Feel the ground shake with the roar of antique power!

2019 Feature: 
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Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8, 2019; from 10 am to 4 pm

Experience the roots of Wisconsin’s agricultural past during two action-filled days of antique farming re-creations, hands-on demonstrations, farmhand contests, food, and much more!

The Mid-Lakes Thresheree is an interactive outdoor event which educates, entertains and connects people of all ages to Wisconsin rural life experiences. Whether it’s making butter in the Cheese Factory, seeing antique farm machines at work, or an exciting stroll through 25 different interactive historic structures, there’s always something exciting happening at our Thresheree. It’s home to endless discoveries about history, science, art, and nature, and the event weekend is brimming with activities you won’t want to miss!

 
Field to Fork Activity Series

Field to Fork Activity Series

Timed Activity

Shadyside School Storytime (11:30 am, both days)

Sawmill narrated discussion at 1 pm.

Cattle Auction (2 pm, both days, outside the Town Hall) - Earn coins for doing farm chores throughout the day. Then "buy" a cow at our auction, designed in part by Mishicot FFA. When auction time comes, will you have a winning bid? You can't take our cattle home with you, but you will get a certificate of ownership, dated 1900!

Corn husker narrated discussion at 2:30 pm

Field To Fork – Get your hands dirty and follow the path from harvest to bread (and butter).
Bindering demonstration at 11 am outside the Niles Church (approx. 30 minutes).
Threshing machine/steam demonstration at 12:30 near the threshing machines (approx. 45minutes).
Grinding wheat at the General Store throughout the day.
Making bread throughout the day at the Kunze Cabin.
Making butter throughout the day at the Cheese Factory.

Sunday Morning Church Service: Gather Sunday at 10:15 for a non-denominational church service in the historic Niles Community Church.

 
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Daily Activity

Antique Machines at Work - See antique farm equipment come to new life and learn how they work from knowledgeable volunteers

Sawmill - Watch as members of the crew operate and explain the Krueger Sawmill

 
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Submit Your Farm Picture

Share your family’s old or new farm picture to be included in a digital display during the Mid-Lakes Thresheree weekend!

Photos should be submitted in jpg format and include the farm name, location, and no more than 50 words about the family or farm. Images should be emailed to info@ManitowocCountyHistory.org with the subject line “Farm Photo”.

By submitting material to us, you grant MCHS, its affiliates, and partners use of the material for the Mid-Lakes Thresheree 2019, including the right to use your name and city/state in connection with any such use. We reserve the right to modify, reproduce and distribute your material.

 

Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children age 4 to 17, under age 4 is free.  MCHS and MLRI Members are free. Must show Membership card.

The Mid-Lakes Thresheree is made possible with support from:

Bank First National

Country Visions

CP Feeds

Madson’s Service—St. Nazianz, WI

Manitowoc Disposal

Thompson Machinery

Verve, A Credit Union


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The Mid-Lakes Thresheree is an immersive experience unlike any other.  The event is put on in partnership between the Mid-Lakes Rustic Iron Tractor Club, a non-profit, volunteer run organization, and the Manitowoc County Historical Society, a private 501c3 non-profit museum. 

Our groups have a clear goal—to educate the public and future generations with demonstrations of vintage agriculture.

This cooperative effort brings to life Wisconsin’s rich agricultural heritage with popular displays, field demonstrations, and countless activities for visitors of all ages. 


Exhibitor and Swap Meet Information

Exhibitors may begin to set-up on Friday, September 6 after 8 am. Exhibitors will need to register on site. Exhibitors are encouraged to be active participants in the Mid-Lakes Thresheree with their equipment. For more information please contact Steve Kress at
(920) 946-0706 or skress1955@gmail.com.

Vendors are invited to show their farm related equipment, parts, and related antiques in a
designated area for a fee. Advanced registration is required. For more information on the swap meet, please contact: Mark Griesbach at (920) 726-4772—call before  1 p.m. or leave message.

Join in the Exhibitor's Breakfast, starting at 8 am both days at the Nenning Dance Pavilion.

 

 

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4-H and FFA Sunday
Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

4-H and FFA Sunday

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On Sunday, September 8, any youth (18 or under) in 4-H or FFA who comes to the Mid-Lakes Thresheree in his or her uniform, organization jackets, or group t-shirts will receive free admission this day. Group leaders also admitted free. 

To speed up the entry process, participants should register for their tickets prior to September 8.

The registration process is easy!

1. Simply click on the 4-H and FFA Sunday ticket link below and print out your ticket page.

2. Bring the ticket to the McAllister House Welcome Center on Sunday, September 8, dressed in your 4-H or FFA uniform, organization jackets, or group t-shirt. You may arrive at any time during the Mid-Lakes Thresheree experience. Check out the full listing of our Threshree activities by clicking on the link below.

 

Presented in partnership with

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The Mid-Lakes Thresheree is an immersive experience unlike any other.  The event is put on in partnership between the Mid-Lakes Rustic Iron Tractor Club, a non-profit, volunteer run organization, and the Manitowoc County Historical Society, a private 501c3 non-profit museum. 

Our groups have a clear goal—to educate the public and future generations with demonstrations of vintage agriculture.

This cooperative effort brings to life Wisconsin’s rich agricultural heritage with popular displays, field demonstrations, and countless activities for visitors of all ages. 

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SPARK!
Sep
11
10:45 AM10:45

SPARK!

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Topic: Life on the Farm - Roll up your sleeves and get ready to make some butter and cheese - and take part in other farm chores!

SPARK! is a free monthly program for individuals living with early-to-mid stage memory loss, their care partners, and family members. Participants are engaged in lively conversations, exhibit exploration, historic artifacts, and multi-sensory activities.

SPARK! programs are held at the Manitowoc County Historical Society on the second Wednesday of each month at 11 am. Participants may arrive at 10:45 am for coffee and conversation before the program begins. The program will last between 60 and 90 minutes. Participants and their families are also welcome to stay after the program to tour the museum.

Space is limited for the programs and we ask that you register at least 3 days before the program. To register for a SPARK! program you can email info@ManitowocCountyHistory.org or call the museum at (920) 684-4445.

For more information on SPARK! and the monthly topics, please visit our SPARK! program page.

The SPARK! program at the Manitowoc County Historical Society is made possible in part by generous support from Felician Village.

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Drop Spindle Spinning
Sep
17
10:00 AM10:00

Drop Spindle Spinning

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Learn about the history of spinning, the different fibers that can be used, and how to prep wool during this interactive class.  Our talented instructors will assist you in learning on a drop spindle to help you create your own yarn. Workshop includes a drop spindle of your own, wool, and instruction book.

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Member Morning
Sep
17
10:30 AM10:30

Member Morning

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Join us for a MCHS Member morning coffee break! Our Manitowoc County Historical Society members and those thinking about membership are invited to attend Member Mornings at the museum.

Member Mornings are members-only conversations each month. Attendees will get to learn of the latest updates, ask questions, tour the museum, and help inform the long-range plans for the organization. The Member Mornings take place on the third Tuesday of the month in May, July, and September. All programs begin at 10:30 am and last approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Enjoy coffee, cookies, and conversation with other Manitowoc County Historical Society members. There is no charge for the programs.

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History Happy Hour: Ryan's on York
Sep
18
5:30 PM17:30

History Happy Hour: Ryan's on York

History Happy Hour will be held at Ryan’s on York (712 York Street, Manitowoc) on September 18 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Guests during History Happy Hour will receive a historical overview handout about the tavern, along with a commemorative photo coaster, and a raffle to support the Meeme House Inn Project will also take place.

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Pinecrest Village Lantern Tour
Sep
20
5:30 PM17:30

Pinecrest Village Lantern Tour

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As the day’s light begins to fade, join the residents of Pinecrest Village as they take part in music, cooking, candle making, and more with a lantern-guided evening stroll.

Advance ticket purchase is required for this event. Tickets are available for $15 for adults and $7 for children age 4 to 17. Under age 4 is free. The tour lasts roughly 75 minutes and is an outdoor walking door, with various stops in our historic buildings along the way, so please dress accordingly.

Tours begin at 5:30 pm and depart from the visitor center every 15 minutes until 7:45 pm. Tickets sold and available by time slot. Advanced registration is required.

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Family Barn Quilt Painting
Sep
21
1:00 PM13:00

Family Barn Quilt Painting

Paint your own barn quilt to hang in your home. Learn about the significance of barn quilts. Children will practice pattern repetition with a short barn quilt design activity. There will be 3 patterns and an array of colors to choose from for your completed project. An instructor will assist participants in drawing their patterns. All supplies are provided for this class. Finished project size is 2’ x 2’.

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Golden Hour at Pinecrest
Sep
26
7:00 AM07:00

Golden Hour at Pinecrest

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Are you a nature enthusiast, photographer, painter, or bird watcher? Don’t miss this opportunity to explore our beautiful grounds before we open to the public on Thursday, September 26 from 7 am to 10 am. Take photos, paint, sketch, and hike the nature trail or just relax as you enjoy Golden Hour at Pinecrest. Admission is $10. Professional photographers and artists are welcome. All photographs and artwork must be for personal use and cannot be used for commercial or marketing purposes.

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SPARK!
Oct
9
10:45 AM10:45

SPARK!

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Topic: Victorian Song and Dance - Sing and follow along with our Victorian tunes and dancing.

SPARK! is a free monthly program for individuals living with early-to-mid stage memory loss, their care partners, and family members. Participants are engaged in lively conversations, exhibit exploration, historic artifacts, and multi-sensory activities.

SPARK! programs are held at the Manitowoc County Historical Society on the second Wednesday of each month at 11 am. Participants may arrive at 10:45 am for coffee and conversation before the program begins. The program will last between 60 and 90 minutes. Participants and their families are also welcome to stay after the program to tour the museum.

Space is limited for the programs and we ask that you register at least 3 days before the program. To register for a SPARK! program you can email info@ManitowocCountyHistory.org or call the museum at (920) 684-4445.

For more information on SPARK! and the monthly topics, please visit our SPARK! program page.

The SPARK! program at the Manitowoc County Historical Society is made possible in part by generous support from Felician Village.

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White Glove Archives Tour: Newspaper Archives
Oct
9
5:00 PM17:00

White Glove Archives Tour: Newspaper Archives

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Get ready for an adventure in the archives! Follow MCHS staff into the archives to learn the story behind the story! Everyone loves the idea of a backstage pass, and it doesn’t get more exclusive than exploring the collections area of the Manitowoc County Historical Society.

The tour will focus on newspaper archives.

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Fall Harvest (Homeschool Program)
Oct
10
10:00 AM10:00

Fall Harvest (Homeschool Program)

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It’s harvest time at Pinecrest!

The ideal age for this program is 4 to 17. Register by October 3.

Homeschool program admission is $6 for students age 4 to 17. Children under 4 are admitted free. One adult educator per family is admitted free.  Additional adults may join in the program at a cost of $6 each. 

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All Hallow's Eve
Oct
12
1:00 PM13:00

All Hallow's Eve

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Enjoy an afternoon of 1890s-style family fun, with a retelling of immigrant legends that were brought to Wisconsin and the folklore we created here at home. Come revel in Victorian-era entertainment including fortune telling, crafts, games and more! Visitors are encouraged to dress in costume and “trick or treat” throughout our village.

Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children age 4 to 17, under age 4 is free.  MCHS Members are admitted free.

All Hallow's Eve is made possible by A.C.E. Building Service, Inc.

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Females at the Forge
Oct
13
1:00 PM13:00

Females at the Forge

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The class is designed to give women with little or no metal working skills as a hands-on, fun “be a blacksmith for a day” experience. Explore the basics of forge work in a blacksmith shop while making various decorative items to take home. Topics will include safety, tools and equipment, and beginning techniques for shaping metal. Small class size guarantees lots of one-on-one instruction and lots of time at the forge!

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Golden Hour at Pinecrest
Oct
15
4:00 PM16:00

Golden Hour at Pinecrest

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Are you a nature enthusiast, photographer, painter, or bird watcher? Don’t miss this opportunity to explore our beautiful grounds after we close to the public on Thursday, October 17 from 4 pm to 6:30 pm. Take photos, paint, sketch, and hike the nature trail or just relax as you enjoy Golden Hour at Pinecrest. Admission is $10. Professional photographers and artists are welcome. All photographs and artwork must be for personal use and cannot be used for commercial or marketing purposes.

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History Happy Hour: Wildcats Longbranch Saloon
Oct
16
5:30 PM17:30

History Happy Hour: Wildcats Longbranch Saloon

History Happy Hour will be held at Wildcats Longbranch Saloon (4008 Village Drive, Whitelaw) on October 16 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Guests during History Happy Hour will receive a historical overview handout about the tavern, along with a commemorative photo coaster, and a raffle to support the Meeme House Inn Project will also take place.

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The Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Tree
Nov
7
5:30 PM17:30

The Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Tree

Joe Kapler, Curator at the Wisconsin Historical Society, provides a history of the Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Tree produced by the Aluminum Specialty Company of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The Aluminum Specialty Company became the largest manufacturer of these trees, popular in the 1960s. Kapler discusses their recent resurgence in popularity.

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SPARK!
Nov
13
10:45 AM10:45

SPARK!

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Topic: In the Leather Shop - Create a leather project to take home and learn about this historic trade.

SPARK! is a free monthly program for individuals living with early-to-mid stage memory loss, their care partners, and family members. Participants are engaged in lively conversations, exhibit exploration, historic artifacts, and multi-sensory activities.

SPARK! programs are held at the Manitowoc County Historical Society on the second Wednesday of each month at 11 am. Participants may arrive at 10:45 am for coffee and conversation before the program begins. The program will last between 60 and 90 minutes. Participants and their families are also welcome to stay after the program to tour the museum.

Space is limited for the programs and we ask that you register at least 3 days before the program. To register for a SPARK! program you can email info@ManitowocCountyHistory.org or call the museum at (920) 684-4445.

For more information on SPARK! and the monthly topics, please visit our SPARK! program page.

The SPARK! program at the Manitowoc County Historical Society is made possible in part by generous support from Felician Village.

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Metal Christmas Ornaments
Nov
30
10:00 AM10:00

Metal Christmas Ornaments

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Whether it's to create your own keepsake or make presents for friends and family, this is a great opportunity to learn simple metalworking techniques in copper, tin, and brass. You'll have the opportunity to create 2-3 attractive ornaments.

Fee: $5.00 for MCHS Member. $10 for non-member. Advanced registration is required. Ages 6+. Adult must accompany children under age 16.

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SPARK!
Dec
11
10:45 AM10:45

SPARK!

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Topic: Christmas Calling Cards - ‘Tis the season for holiday greetings! Be a printer’s apprentice and make a holiday calling card and help decorate cookies.

SPARK! is a free monthly program for individuals living with early-to-mid stage memory loss, their care partners, and family members. Participants are engaged in lively conversations, exhibit exploration, historic artifacts, and multi-sensory activities.

SPARK! programs are held at the Manitowoc County Historical Society on the second Wednesday of each month at 11 am. Participants may arrive at 10:45 am for coffee and conversation before the program begins. The program will last between 60 and 90 minutes. Participants and their families are also welcome to stay after the program to tour the museum.

Space is limited for the programs and we ask that you register at least 3 days before the program. To register for a SPARK! program you can email info@ManitowocCountyHistory.org or call the museum at (920) 684-4445.

For more information on SPARK! and the monthly topics, please visit our SPARK! program page.

The SPARK! program at the Manitowoc County Historical Society is made possible in part by generous support from Felician Village.

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Pinecrest Christmas
Dec
14
12:00 PM12:00

Pinecrest Christmas

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Join us for a day of holiday traditions filled with Christmas cheer! Bundle up for a holiday visit to Pinecrest Village and explore the season's traditions. 

Help decorate the tree with the Sorenson family and participate in their holiday traditions. Head on over to the Print Shop to learn the art of printing while making your own holiday cards! In the Two Creeks Town Hall, enjoy decorating Christmas cookies and sipping hot cider during breaks from dancing to live music. While the kids visit Santa in the decorated Visitor Center, adults can shop for unique gifts in the Museum Store. Pinecrest Village is the perfect place to enjoy the simple traditions of the holiday season!

Groups will also be performing in the Niles Church.

Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children age 5 to 17, under age 4 is free.  MCHS Members are admitted free.

Pinecrest Christmas is made possible by Bitter Neumann and Manitowoc Landscape.

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Christmas Lantern Tour
Dec
14
4:00 PM16:00

Christmas Lantern Tour

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Come celebrate the holidays at Pinecrest Village with a lantern-guided evening stroll. Experience music, food, drinks, and history as you create a new holiday tradition with our Christmas Lantern Tours!

The tour lasts roughly 75 minutes and is an outdoor walking door, with various stops in our historic buildings along the way, so please dress accordingly. Tours begin at 4:00 pm and depart from the visitor center every 15 minutes until 4:45 pm. Tickets sold and available by time slot. Advanced registration is required.

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Library Card Free Day
May
16
10:00 AM10:00

Library Card Free Day

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Join the Manitowoc Public Library for a free day at the Manitowoc County Historical Society. Visitors can show their MCLS library card to tour the museum at no cost. A story time will be presented at 11 am in Shadyside School by the Manitowoc Public Library.

Click HERE to learn more about the Manitowoc Public Library.

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Civil War Days
Jun
6
to Jun 7

Civil War Days

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Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7 - from 10 am to 4 pm

Although it has been over 150 years since our country has fought in the Civil War, the diaries, stories, and lessons still remain. Pinecrest Village is transformed into a Civil War encampment where visitors can meet famous figures of the past and experience firsthand a turbulent time period in our nation’s history. Join reenactors as they stage a battle complete with raging cannons and marching infantry. Learn how the nation changed through the insights of local people who made a difference in history. The family-friendly event features food, fun and shopping on "Sutler's Row" for traditional Civil War-era reproduction products.

Featured Activities (Both days):

  • 10 am to Noon Military Demonstration in battlefield area

  • Watch out for pickets throughout the day!

  • 1 pm main battle reenactment

  • Medical scenario following the main battle at the field hospital

  • 3 pm School of the Soldier at the
    Collins Depot

  • 10:15 Church Service at Niles Community Church (Sunday, June 2 only. As part of this service, the church bell will ring for each Manitowoc County soldier killed in the Civil War)

Ongoing Activities:

Experience the Civil War story of a Manitowoc County citizen. Choose a “citizen” at the McAllister House Welcome Center.

Learn how to make hardtack with Mrs. Kunze.

Write letters with the Sorenson family and try on a uniform.

Take part in pioneer games at Shadyside School.

Follow the story of the Flag of Company A in the Rank Dress Shop.

Additional activities and demonstrations will also take place throughout the Village.

Food and beverages can be found outside the Saloon and Cheese Factory with Brian’s Smokehouse, Manitowoc.

Your chance to fire a cannon:
Beginning at 12:30 near the battlefield, you can purchase a raffle ticket for $5 for the opportunity to fire the Civil War cannon! Must be age 12 or older to fire the cannon.

Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children age 4 to 17, and under age 4 is free. MCHS members receive free admission.

Civil War Days is made possible by AV Dynamics, Cellcom/Nsight Teleservices, Community First Credit Union, SS Badger, and UnitedOne Credit Union.

 

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Tram Tour
Jul
21
1:00 PM13:00

Tram Tour

This guided tour of the Manitowoc County Historical Society's Pinecrest Village spans more than 150 years of history and 60 acres. Approximately 90 minutes in duration, the tour will take you to each building in our Village using our motorized tram. The tram will stop at each building, where you can depart from the tram if you wish to enter the structure. 

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Beginning Blacksmithing: Boot Scraper
Jul
18
10:00 AM10:00

Beginning Blacksmithing: Boot Scraper

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The class is designed to give someone with little or no metal working skills as a hands-on, fun “be a blacksmith for a day” experience. Explore the basics of forge work in a blacksmith shop while making a boot scraper to take home. Topics will include safety, tools and equipment, and beginning techniques for shaping metal. Small class size guarantees lots of one-on-one instruction and lots of time at the forge!

All costs of materials are included in the cost of the class. Dress for working in a shop and for the weather (shop is heated by a wood-burning stove only). Bring eye protection and a water bottle.

Fee: $25.00 for MCHS Member. $30 for non-member. Advanced registration required. Age 16 and older.

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Tram Tour
Jul
17
1:00 PM13:00

Tram Tour

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This guided tour of the Manitowoc County Historical Society's Pinecrest Village spans more than 150 years of history and 60 acres. Approximately 90 minutes in duration, the tour will take you to each building in our Village using our motorized tram. The tram will stop at each building, where you can depart from the tram if you wish to enter the structure. 

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Museum Mice Tour
Jul
17
10:30 AM10:30

Museum Mice Tour

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Enjoy a tour for our smallest of visitors! The Museum Mice preschool series tours will be offered to toddlers and young children and their parents, grandparents, or caregivers. Different topics will be offered weekly on Wednesdays from June 19 to July 31 (excluding July 3), from 10:30 to 11:30 am.

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Member Morning
Jul
16
10:30 AM10:30

Member Morning

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Join us for a MCHS Member morning coffee break! Our Manitowoc County Historical Society members and those thinking about membership are invited to attend Member Mornings at the museum.

Member Mornings are members-only conversations each month. Attendees will get to learn of the latest updates, ask questions, tour the museum, and help inform the long-range plans for the organization. The Member Mornings take place on the third Tuesday of the month in May, July, and September. All programs begin at 10:30 am and last approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Enjoy coffee, cookies, and conversation with other Manitowoc County Historical Society members. There is no charge for the programs.

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SPARK!
Jul
10
10:45 AM10:45

SPARK!

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Topic: Toys and Games of the Past - Relive popular toys and games from the last century.

SPARK! is a free monthly program for individuals living with early-to-mid stage memory loss, their care partners, and family members. Participants are engaged in lively conversations, exhibit exploration, historic artifacts, and multi-sensory activities.

SPARK! programs are held at the Manitowoc County Historical Society on the second Wednesday of each month at 11 am. Participants may arrive at 10:45 am for coffee and conversation before the program begins. The program will last between 60 and 90 minutes. Participants and their families are also welcome to stay after the program to tour the museum.

Space is limited for the programs and we ask that you register at least 3 days before the program. To register for a SPARK! program you can email info@ManitowocCountyHistory.org or call the museum at (920) 684-4445.

For more information on SPARK! and the monthly topics, please visit our SPARK! program page.

The SPARK! program at the Manitowoc County Historical Society is made possible in part by generous support from Felician Village.

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Museum Mice Tour
Jul
10
10:30 AM10:30

Museum Mice Tour

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Enjoy a tour for our smallest of visitors! The Museum Mice preschool series tours will be offered to toddlers and young children and their parents, grandparents, or caregivers. Different topics will be offered weekly on Wednesdays from June 19 to July 31 (excluding July 3), from 10:30 to 11:30 am.

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Family Blacksmithing Workshop
Jun
27
10:00 AM10:00

Family Blacksmithing Workshop

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This class will allow a parent/grandparent to work with a child as they learn historic blacksmithing techniques in a historic setting. Everyone will get to make several small, hands-on projects, such as small dinner triangles and hooks, while learning about proper safety in a workshop environment.

All costs of materials are included in the cost of the class. Dress for working in a shop and for the weather (shop is heated by a wood-burning stove only). Bring eye protection and a water bottle.

Fee: $35.00 for MCHS Member pair. $50 for non-member pair. A pair is defined as one adult and one child (age 12 to 17). Advanced registration is required. 

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Museum Mice Tour
Jun
26
10:30 AM10:30

Museum Mice Tour

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Enjoy a tour for our smallest of visitors! The Museum Mice preschool series tours will be offered to toddlers and young children and their parents, grandparents, or caregivers. Different topics will be offered weekly on Wednesdays from June 19 to July 31 (excluding July 3), from 10:30 to 11:30 am.

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High Time for Afternoon Tea
Jun
25
1:00 PM13:00

High Time for Afternoon Tea

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Jessica Michna will be portraying Mary Todd Lincoln, “Preserve the Union.”

Mary recalls her early years and education in Lexington, Kentucky. She tells of her move to Springfield, Illinois, where she would meet and marry young prairie lawyer Abraham Lincoln. Mary introduces the audience to life in Washington, regaling her listeners with stories about her boys, including her biggest boy Mr. Lincoln. In this time of national strife, the Lincolns would suffer personal tragedies, concluding on that fateful day in April of 1865.

The program begins at 1 pm. The cost is $5 for MCHS Member adults and children age 4 to 17, $12 for Adults, $7 for children age 4 to 17, and under age 4 is free. Museum admission is included in the cost of the tea program. Advanced registration is required.

Sweets and tea will be served.  This event is best suited for adults and children age 6 and older.

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Beginning Blacksmithing: Dinner Triangle
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

Beginning Blacksmithing: Dinner Triangle

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The class is designed to give someone with little or no metal working skills as a hands-on, fun “be a blacksmith for a day” experience. Explore the basics of forge work in a blacksmith shop while making a dinner triangle to take home. Topics will include safety, tools and equipment, and beginning techniques for shaping metal. Small class size guarantees lots of one-on-one instruction and lots of time at the forge!

All costs of materials are included in the cost of the class. Dress for working in a shop and for the weather (shop is heated by a wood-burning stove only). Bring eye protection and a water bottle.

Fee: $25.00 for MCHS Member. $30 for non-member. Advanced registration required. Age 16 and older.

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Book Talk: One Room Schools - Stories from the Days of 1 Room, 1 Teacher, 8 Grades
Jun
20
1:00 PM13:00

Book Talk: One Room Schools - Stories from the Days of 1 Room, 1 Teacher, 8 Grades

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Susan Apps-Bodilly, author of “One Rooms Schools: Stories from the Days of 1 Teacher, 1 Room, & 8 Grades,” will give a presentation on the different aspects of one-room schools throughout history.

In “One Room Schools,” Susan Apps-Bodilly chronicles life in Wisconsin’s early country schools, detailing the experiences of the students, the role of the teacher and examples of the curriculum, including the importance of Wisconsin School of the Air radio programs. She describes the duties children had at school besides their schoolwork, from cleaning the erasers and sweeping cobwebs out of the outhouse to carrying in wood for the stove. She also tells what led to the closing of the one-room schools, which also served as the gathering place for the community.


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Tram Tour
Jun
19
1:00 PM13:00

Tram Tour

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This guided tour of the Manitowoc County Historical Society's Pinecrest Village spans more than 150 years of history and 60 acres. Approximately 90 minutes in duration, the tour will take you to each building in our Village using our motorized tram. The tram will stop at each building, where you can depart from the tram if you wish to enter the structure. 

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Museum Mice Tour
Jun
19
10:30 AM10:30

Museum Mice Tour

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Enjoy a tour for our smallest of visitors! The Museum Mice preschool series tours will be offered to toddlers and young children and their parents, grandparents, or caregivers. Different topics will be offered weekly on Wednesdays from June 19 to July 31 (excluding July 3), from 10:30 to 11:30 am.

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Beginning Blacksmithing: "S" Hook
Jun
13
10:00 AM10:00

Beginning Blacksmithing: "S" Hook

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The class is designed to give someone with little or no metal working skills as a hands-on, fun “be a blacksmith for a day” experience. Explore the basics of forge work in a blacksmith shop while making a decorative “S” hook to hang in your home. Topics will include safety, tools and equipment, and beginning techniques for shaping metal. Small class size guarantees lots of one-on-one instruction and lots of time at the forge!

All costs of materials are included in the cost of the class. Dress for working in a shop and for the weather (shop is heated by a wood-burning stove only). Bring eye protection and a water bottle.

Fee: $25.00 for MCHS Member. $30 for non-member. Advanced registration required. Age 16 and older.

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SPARK!
Jun
12
10:45 AM10:45

SPARK!

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Topic: Victorian Pampering - A wide range of beauty products were available to Wisconsin residents during the Victorian Era. Try on a hoop skirt, mix a cologne or perfume, and pack a beauty bag to take home.

SPARK! is a free monthly program for individuals living with early-to-mid stage memory loss, their care partners, and family members. Participants are engaged in lively conversations, exhibit exploration, historic artifacts, and multi-sensory activities.

SPARK! programs are held at the Manitowoc County Historical Society on the second Wednesday of each month at 11 am. Participants may arrive at 10:45 am for coffee and conversation before the program begins. The program will last between 60 and 90 minutes. Participants and their families are also welcome to stay after the program to tour the museum.

Space is limited for the programs and we ask that you register at least 3 days before the program. To register for a SPARK! program you can email info@ManitowocCountyHistory.org or call the museum at (920) 684-4445.

For more information on SPARK! and the monthly topics, please visit our SPARK! program page.

The SPARK! program at the Manitowoc County Historical Society is made possible in part by generous support from Felician Village.

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Scout Sunday
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Scout Sunday

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On Sunday, June 2, any youth (18 or under) Scout (Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.) who comes to Civil War Days in his or her uniform will be given free admission. 

To speed up the entry process, Scouts should register for their tickets prior to June 2.

The registration process is easy!

1. Simply click on the Scout Sunday ticket link below and print out your ticket page.

2. Bring the ticket to the McAllister House Welcome Center on Sunday, June 2, dressed in your Scout uniform, to gain free entry. You may arrive at any time during the Civil War Days experience. Check out the full listing of our Civil War Days activities by clicking on the link below.

3. When you arrive, we urge you to visit our Collins Depot, located near the Welcome Center, to get a scavenger hunt to complete. This scavenger hunt is a wonderful opportunity for you to explore the grounds and win a prize. 

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Explore Abilities Weekend
May
25
to May 26

Explore Abilities Weekend

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Saturday, May 25 from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday, May 26 from 10 am to 4 pm

Explore Abilities Weekend is an opportunity for children and adults with learning differences and their families. Explore Abilities gives families the opportunity to enjoy the Museum’s historic structures and grounds at their own pace and also participate in the special activities occurring throughout the weekend. 

The weekend will include the following:

  • Ear defenders available on loan (available during any museum visit)

  • Hands-on sensory activities

  • Families are allowed to bring in outside food and drinks

To help you and your family familiarize yourself with the Museum before your visit, please view our museum map

Admission is free if you mention “Explore Abilities” to our front desk attendant during the weekend. Children under age 4 and MCHS Members always receive free admission.  Become a member and take part in free daily admission and other discounts for 12 months!

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Member Morning
May
21
10:30 AM10:30

Member Morning

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Join us for a MCHS Member morning coffee break! Our Manitowoc County Historical Society members and those thinking about membership are invited to attend Member Mornings at the museum.

Member Mornings are members-only conversations each month. Attendees will get to learn of the latest updates, ask questions, tour the museum, and help inform the long-range plans for the organization. The Member Mornings take place on the third Tuesday of the month in May, July, and September. All programs begin at 10:30 am and last approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Enjoy coffee, cookies, and conversation with other Manitowoc County Historical Society members. There is no charge for the programs.

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Victorian Date Night
May
16
5:30 PM17:30

Victorian Date Night

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Discover the romance, foods, and courting etiquette of the Victorian era! The night is designed for pairs of friends or significant others. You’ll explore common courting rituals, such as writing love letters, enjoy a light dinner, and practice romantic parlor games.

Fee: $50.00 for MCHS Member pair. $60 for non-member pair. Advanced registration required. Age 16 and older.

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SPARK!
May
8
10:45 AM10:45

SPARK!

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Topic: Civil War Soldier - Discover the clothes, backpacks, and diaries of a Manitowoc County Civil War soldier.

SPARK! is a free monthly program for individuals living with early-to-mid stage memory loss, their care partners, and family members. Participants are engaged in lively conversations, exhibit exploration, historic artifacts, and multi-sensory activities.

SPARK! programs are held at the Manitowoc County Historical Society on the second Wednesday of each month at 11 am. Participants may arrive at 10:45 am for coffee and conversation before the program begins. The program will last between 60 and 90 minutes. Participants and their families are also welcome to stay after the program to tour the museum.

Space is limited for the programs and we ask that you register at least 3 days before the program. To register for a SPARK! program you can email info@ManitowocCountyHistory.org or call the museum at (920) 684-4445.

For more information on SPARK! and the monthly topics, please visit our SPARK! program page.

The SPARK! program at the Manitowoc County Historical Society is made possible in part by generous support from Felician Village.

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Heritage Skills Expo
May
3
10:00 AM10:00

Heritage Skills Expo

Wisconsin’s settlers filled their lives with simple pleasures and useful skills. Join museum crafters and farmers for a celebration of Wisconsin’s rich folk life traditions! Discover a heritage craft, such as spinning and knitting. Explore heritage farm skills, such as wood-stove cooking and antique machinery. Watch specialty craftsmen such as blacksmiths and broom makers create their wares. Kitchens, barn yards, and workshops across the museum will bustle with activities and fun.

The Heritage Skills Expo is targeted to elementary, middle, and high school students, along with homeschool families. As high schoolers get ready to enter the workforce or go to college, it is important to look back at the historical "careers" that paved the way for modern jobs. 

The ideal age for this program is 12 to 17. Register by April 26.

Homeschool program admission is $6 for students age 4 to 17. Children under 4 are admitted free. One adult educator per family is admitted free.  Additional adults may join in the program at a cost of $6 each. 

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Homegrown Heritage Breakfast Fundraiser
Apr
27
8:00 AM08:00

Homegrown Heritage Breakfast Fundraiser

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Visitors will discover the variety of quality foods produced in Manitowoc County and celebrate our strong agricultural heritage.  Funds raised at the event will help the Manitowoc County Historical Society in their efforts to preserve and promote local history. 

The breakfast will be prepared by Late’s BBQ and will feature a wide variety of food from local producers.  The breakfast will feature items from local food producers including: Humpty Dumpty Eggs, Natural Ovens Bakery breads, Newton Meats, Willow Creek Mill pancake mix, Pine River Dairy butter, jams by Creative Cannery LLC, and coffee, milk and juice provided by Kwik Trip.

It is with the support of our community that we are able to preserve and promote the rich history of Manitowoc County.  The mission of the Homegrown Heritage Breakfast is to provide our neighbors and community with quality food and celebrate the dedication of area farmers.

Cost is $10 MCHS member Adults, $7 MCHS member Children 4-17, $15 Non-member adults, $10 non-member children. Under age 4 is free.

The breakfast is made possible by Investors Community Bank.

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