Shop the MCHS Museum Store
Nov
24
10:00 AM10:00

Shop the MCHS Museum Store

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Thank you for supporting Small Business Saturday and shopping at The Museum Store at the Manitowoc County Historical Society.

Shop for local and Wisconsin history books, children’s toys and games, gift items, and membership packages!

Download and print the coupon sheet below and save!


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Metal Christmas Ornaments
Nov
24
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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Pinecrest Christmas
Dec
8
11:00 AM11:00

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 including Mishicot Soundwave at Noon, Washington Carolers and Wilson's Crimson at 2 pm, and Lincoln Singers at 2:30 pm. 

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

Pinecrest Christmas is made possible by Bitter Neumann.

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MCHS at Einstein Project STEM Expo
Feb
2
9:00 AM09:00

MCHS at Einstein Project STEM Expo

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Each year, over 4,000 guests fill Shopko Hall for a day of interactive fun put on by the Einstein Project!  The science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) behind everyday situations and careers comes alive at the Einstein Project STEM Expo.

Visit the Manitowoc County Historical Society's booth and discover innovative pioneer technology!

You can learn more about the Einstein Project STEM Expo HERE.

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Pioneer Winter (Homeschool Program)
Feb
7
10:00 AM10:00

Pioneer Winter (Homeschool Program)

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Experience how pioneers survived harsh Wisconsin winters!

The ideal age for this program is 4 to 17. Register by January 31.

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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The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Feb
21
5:30 PM17:30

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

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Join bestselling author and speaker Rochelle Pennington to learn more about the “Edmund Fitzgerald,” the largest shipwreck ever to go down on the Great Lakes.

No other Great Lakes shipwreck is more well-known than the “Fitzgerald,” which disappeared into a stormy Lake Superior on November 10, 1975, when wind gusts peaked at nearly 100 miles per hour and waves reached the height of 3-story buildings.

Pennington will delve into the history and mystery of the vessel and will explore the opposing views of dive detectives who are still trying to determine what led to the demise of the 29-man crew.

The massive ore freighter, built and owned by Milwaukee’s Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., was named after its president, Edmund Fitzgerald, who helped establish the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society.

Audience members will be led from the ship’s launch to its final radio broadcasts, and from the “Fitz’s” discovery on Superior’s bottom to the location of the vessel’s artifacts in various museums.

About the Hungry for History Series:

This program is part of the Society's Hungry for History series with a meal following the program. Doors will open at 5 pm for the program. The presentation will begin at 5:30 pm with a meal to follow. If you have dietary restrictions, please note that when placing your reservation to attend the program.

Advanced registration required by calling (920) 684-4445 or following the link below (available in 2019). The cost is $20 for MCHS Members and $25 Non-members. Full payment is due at the time of registration. To receive the discount for members, the purchaser must be a current member of MCHS.

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Through the Viewfinder: Cornick's Photo Collection
Mar
28
5:30 PM17:30

Through the Viewfinder: Cornick's Photo Collection

 Image from the MCHS Daryl Cornick collection, taken in 1966 of the toboggan slide and ice skating rink at Silver Creek Park in Manitowoc.

Image from the MCHS Daryl Cornick collection, taken in 1966 of the toboggan slide and ice skating rink at Silver Creek Park in Manitowoc.

A hallmark of the Manitowoc County Historical Society’s local history collection is a group of over one thousand negatives taken from 1940-1980 of our community by local photographer Daryl Cornick. Join local photographer and MCHS volunteer, John Rohrer, as he showcases photos from the collection.

About the Hungry for History Series:

This program is part of the Society's Hungry for History series with a meal following the program. Doors will open at 5 pm for the program. The presentation will begin at 5:30 pm with a meal to follow. If you have dietary restrictions, please note that when placing your reservation to attend the program.

Advanced registration required by calling (920) 684-4445 or following the link below (available in 2019). The cost is $20 for MCHS Members and $25 Non-members. Full payment is due at the time of registration. To receive the discount for members, the purchaser must be a current member of MCHS.

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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.

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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 middle and high school students. 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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Trades and Occupations (Homeschool Program)
May
16
10:00 AM10:00

Trades and Occupations (Homeschool Program)

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Meet tradespeople 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. 

The ideal age for this program is 4 to 17. Register by May 9.

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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Civil War Days
Jun
1
to Jun 2

Civil War Days

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Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2 - 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):

  • Mid-day meal cooking demonstrations at the Confederate Camp

  • 12:30 Artillery Drill

  • 1 pm main battle reeactment

  • Medical scenario following the main battle

  • 3:00 School of the Soldier at the Collins Depot

Saturday Only Activities (June 1)

  • 10:00 Infantry and Cavalry Drill

  • 11:00 Picket

  • 11:30 Medical Inspection at Cheese Factory

Sunday Only Activities (June 2)

  • 10:15 Church Service at Niles Community Church

  • 11:00 Infantry and Cavalry Drill

  • 11:30 Picket

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

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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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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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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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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, $15 for Adults, $12 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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Book Talk: "Little Wisconsin"
Jul
12
2:00 PM14:00

Book Talk: "Little Wisconsin"

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Researched, written, and photographed by Melinda Anne Roberts.

Wisconsin's smallest communities have remarkable stories. From the Native Americans who have been here for centuries, to the arrival of French emissary Jean Nicolet in 1634; through the fur-trading, logging, mining and agricultural transitions and the arrival of European immigrant and Yankee pioneer settlers, Wisconsin's history is compelling, intriguing, and unique. With full-color photographs taken by author Melinda Anne Roberts, fun and fascinating facts, an intimate look at the people and events that define every community, and a summary of what you can see and do there today, you'll be inspired to pack your bags and head out for a visit!

Three Manitowoc County communities are featured in the book: Collins, Maribel, and Kellnersville.

About the Author:

Melinda Anne Roberts is a retired Master teacher, a former mentor teacher, and a professionally-trained presenter featured since the late-1990s at local, state, national, and international English as a Second Language conferences. She has re-enacted several times at Brown County cemetery walks, written numerous articles for local newsletters, has a monthly history column and is a regular contributor to The Press, and can present on a variety of Wisconsin history topics in addition to the remarkable stories discovered while researching and writing Little Wisconsin.

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

Pinecrest Pints and Plates

 
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Pinecrest Pints and Plates celebrates the farm-to-table food and craft drink movement with unique dining experiences throughout our grounds, featuring local food and beverage producers. It’s a one-of-a-kind dining experience fundraiser for adults.

Tickets: $40 before July 22 or $45 the day of, at the door, if not sold out, which includes craft beers, regional wines, food samples from area restaurants, music, a souvenir sampling glass, and a wide array of auction and raffle items to win!

Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.

Vendors Include:
Ahnapee Brewery
Cedar Crest Ice Cream
CNC Links
Cold Country Vines & Wines
Copper State Brewing Co.
Grow It Forward
Gill’s Bar and Grill
Heritage Farm/JoAnn Vogel
Manty Malters
Paradise Foods
PetSkull Brewery
Pine River Dairy
Sabbatical Brewing Co.
The Hearty Olive

The evening is a fundraiser for the Manitowoc County Historical Society, a privately funded 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Did you know that the Manitowoc County Historical Society is a direct reflection of your support? MCHS does not receive any city, county, or state dollars to live our mission of preserving and sharing our local history. Our support comes from you!

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

 

Teacher Appreciation RSVP Form:

Teacher's Name *
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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 Activity:
10:30 - Flea Circus
11:30 - Flea Circus
Noon - Parade through town
1:00 - Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Arena Extravaganza
3:00 - Flea Circus
3:30 - General Store 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 Dominion Foundation, Bank First National, Community First Credit Union, Next Era Energy, Renegade Rangers, and P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter J.

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Cast Your Vote (Homeschool Program)
Aug
15
10:00 AM10:00

Cast Your Vote (Homeschool Program)

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It’s Election Day at Pinecrest! Learn about the candidates and cast your ballot at the Meeme Poll House. Participate in a lively debate and give a stump speech.

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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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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Mid-Lakes Thresheree
Sep
7
to Sep 8

Mid-Lakes Thresheree

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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!

 

Timed Activity

 Field to Fork Activity Series

Field to Fork Activity Series

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.

 

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

 Threshing Demonstration

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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 Country VisionsMadson's Service, Inc, and Manitowoc Disposal


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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 Information

When you step foot on our grounds you’re more than just a guest—you’re a participant. You are a central part of our story, and we welcome your feedback. To get in touch with us, you can pick up the phone or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!

Exhibitors must read, sign and follow safety rules as well as any instructions given to them by MLRI members in orange safety vests. Exhibitors may begin to set-up on Friday, after 8 am.

For more exhibitor information please contact:
Steve Kress
(920) 946-0706
skress1955@gmail.com

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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 (Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.) 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, Scouts 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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Manitowoc Murder Mystery
Sep
19
5:30 PM17:30

Manitowoc Murder Mystery

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The true story of Manitowoc’s first murder will unfold as the sensational murder trial of Charles Rosstauscher is reenacted.  Was the defendant guilty?  You decide – the audience is the jury! 

About the Hungry for History Series:

This program is part of the Society's Hungry for History series with a meal following the program. Doors will open at 5 pm for the program. The presentation will begin at 5:30 pm with a meal to follow. If you have dietary restrictions, please note that when placing your reservation to attend the program.

Advanced registration required by calling (920) 684-4445 or following the link below (available in 2019). The cost is $20 for MCHS Members and $25 Non-members. Full payment is due at the time of registration. To receive the discount for members, the purchaser must be a current member of MCHS.

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

The Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Tree

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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.

About the Hungry for History Series:

This program is part of the Society's Hungry for History series with a meal following the program. Doors will open at 5 pm for the program. The presentation will begin at 5:30 pm with a meal to follow. If you have dietary restrictions, please note that when placing your reservation to attend the program.

Advanced registration required by calling (920) 684-4445 or following the link below (available in 2019). The cost is $20 for MCHS Members and $25 Non-members. Full payment is due at the time of registration. To receive the discount for members, the purchaser must be a current member of MCHS.

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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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Share Your Voice in Manitowoc!
Nov
8
5:30 PM17:30

Share Your Voice in Manitowoc!

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Share Your Voice!
Statewide Public Forum Series to Create a New Wisconsin History Museum

You are invited to share your thoughts and ideas with the Wisconsin Historical Society as we seek to create a 21st Century statewide history museum on the Capitol Square that connects and tells the story of all Wisconsinites.

Your participation will inspire conversations and create connections across the state as exhibit design plans for a new, modern Wisconsin history museum progress. Now is the time to share your voice and be a part of this rare opportunity to celebrate and honor Wisconsin.

Agenda

5:30 pm - Doors Open (light refreshments provided)
6:00 pm - Welcome and introduction to the new museum project
6:30 pm - Share your feedback on a new statewide history museum

This public forum is free and open to everyone, advanced registration is preferred!

Let us know you will be there!

This event is co-hosted by the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and Manitowoc County Historical Society.

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Ghost Signs
Nov
1
5:30 PM17:30

Ghost Signs

 Ghost sign from the former Pennys store on 8th and Franklin Streets in Manitowoc.

Ghost sign from the former Pennys store on 8th and Franklin Streets in Manitowoc.

There are so many things to look for when exploring along the old highways older parts of our towns. One aspect of the treasure hunt is seeking out faded and peeling advertising signs that have been painted on walls or farm buildings. These are sometimes called “ghost signs", and the painted images can indeed be “ghostly” when you try to decipher the original words and images.

Join Ed Prigge and photographer Joan Prigge as they take us through Manitowoc County looking at ghost signs and their stories.

This program is part of the Society's Hungry for History series. A catered meal will follow the program. Advanced registration required by calling (920) 684-4445. The cost is $20 Members and $25 Non-members.

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History Happy Hour: Svacina's Red Lamp
Oct
17
5:30 PM17:30

History Happy Hour: Svacina's Red Lamp

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Inside Svacina's Red Lamp

History Happy Hour will be held at the former Svacina's Red Lamp* (3931 Grimms Road, Reedsville) on October 17 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Guests during History Happy Hour will receive a historical overview handout about the tavern and a raffle to support the Meeme House Inn Project will also take place.

*Please note that this site is privately owned and is no longer an operating bar. Please bring your own beverage to enjoy during History Happy Hour.


History Happy Hour is a 21+ event with donations going toward the Manitowoc County Historical Society’s Meeme House Inn restoration project.  There is no formal admission charge but donations are appreciated for the Meeme House Inn Restoration project. The Meeme House Inn (circa 1855) is currently being restored by the Manitowoc County Historical Society to its glory in 1915, under the ownership of Joe Schwartz. The historic structure will serve as in interactive living history museum, where visitors of all ages can be transported back in time and discover the Meeme House Inn, its livery, and poll house, in operation.

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Pioneer Science
Oct
13
1:00 PM13:00

Pioneer Science

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A new experience launches in conjunction with the Wisconsin Science Festival at the Manitowoc County Historical Society. This experience will allow visitors, elementary students and homeschoolers the opportunity to explore science and learn how it connects to Wisconsin’s history.

Students can work individually and together to explore science, technology, engineering and math concepts and overcome some sort of challenge. They will touch and interact with different objects from the past and take part in hands-on activities.


Celebrate science throughout Wisconsin! Discover the future of food, explore environmental changes within our state, take part in a statewide visual data project and enjoy the wonder and fun of science at a location near you. From birds to breweries, rocks to robots and more, the Wisconsin Science Festival has something for everyone. Held throughout the state on October 11-14, the festival welcomes people of all ages for interactive exhibits, hands-on workshops, talks, performances, demonstrations and conversations with leading researchers and creative thinkers. Unleash your curiosity!

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Pinecrest Power (Homeschool Program)
Oct
4
10:00 AM10:00

Pinecrest Power (Homeschool Program)

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Learn about moving heavy loads with a fulcrum and lever and pulleys. Work with wood tools like a hand drill and a plane. Make molasses cookies and cheese and see chemistry at work. Watch a blacksmith use molecular changes to shape iron! Learn about changes in communication in the 1800s and construct an electrical circuit to send Morse code. See how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and history connect through pioneer power in the 19th century.

Register by September 27.

Homeschool program admission is $6 for students age 5 to 17. Children under 5 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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Martha’s Kitchen: Recipes from a Norwegian Family
Sep
28
1:00 PM13:00

Martha’s Kitchen: Recipes from a Norwegian Family

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Chop, cook and taste as you try recipes from Martha Sorenson’s family cookbook.  The matriarch of a large Norwegian immigrant family, Martha Sorenson was talented with her home maker skills. Join us in the early 1900’s kitchen to learn her story, and connect around Norwegian recipes.

Program Cost: Free with paid daily admission ($10 Adults, $7 Children)

Presented in partnership with Culinary Weekend. 

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Smithsonian Museum Day Live: Free Day
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Smithsonian Museum Day Live: Free Day

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The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people.

Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. 

Where will your curiosity lead you on Museum Day Live!? 
Let us know @MuseumDay  #BoundlessCuriosity  #MuseumDayLive

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History Happy Hour: Meat's Opera Haus
Sep
19
5:30 PM17:30

History Happy Hour: Meat's Opera Haus

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History Happy Hour will be held at Meat's Opera Haus (204 S 4th Ave, St Nazianz) on September 19 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Guests during History Happy Hour will receive a historical overview handout about the tavern and a raffle to support the Meeme House Inn Project will also take place.

History Happy Hour is a 21+ event with donations going toward the Manitowoc County Historical Society’s Meeme House Inn restoration project.  There is no formal admission charge but donations are appreciated for the Meeme House Inn Restoration project. The Meeme House Inn (circa 1855) is currently being restored by the Manitowoc County Historical Society to its glory in 1915, under the ownership of Joe Schwartz. The historic structure will serve as in interactive living history museum, where visitors of all ages can be transported back in time and discover the Meeme House Inn, its livery, and poll house, in operation.

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Roots Beyond the River
Sep
13
5:30 PM17:30

Roots Beyond the River

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The monumental Spirit of the Rivers sculpture, to be erected on the lakeshore between Manitowoc and Two Rivers, is not only a powerful work of art, but also an eloquent statement in bronze about the very nature of the historical origins and experience of this place. The sculpture itself is the creation of R.T. “Skip” Wallen, who grew up on Manitowoc’s southside, and consists of three towering Native American figures portaging a birch bark canoe. The monument is also accompanied by a book written by Kerry Trask, which tells the inside story of the project and discusses its historical and symbolic significance. In his Hungry for History presentation, Dr. Trask will provide both a narrative and pictorial journey through the sometimes arduous, sometimes euphoric, often serendipitous process of creating Spirit of the Rivers, which stretched out over nine years. He will also offer insights into the historical dimensions of this work which will now distinguish our communities for a long succession of generations to come.    

This program is part of the Society's Hungry for History series. A catered meal will follow the program. Advanced registration required by calling (920) 684-4445. The cost is $20 Members and $25 Non-members.

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Pioneer Play (Homeschool Program)
Aug
16
10:00 AM10:00

Pioneer Play (Homeschool Program)

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Put down your slates and finish your chores, it is time to play pioneer games!

Registration is due by Thursday, August 9. 

Homeschool program admission is $6 for students age 5 to 17. Children under 5 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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Advanced Blacksmithing
Aug
4
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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Family Blacksmithing Workshop - SOLD OUT!
Jul
26
10:00 AM10:00

Family Blacksmithing Workshop - SOLD OUT!

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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 7 to 17). Advanced registration is required. 

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Free Movie Night: Disney Pixar's Coco (2017)
Jul
25
5:30 PM17:30

Free Movie Night: Disney Pixar's Coco (2017)

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Doors will open for the movie night at 5:30 pm with coloring activities and family tree projects. The movie will begin at 6 pm.

Popcorn and refreshments will be for sale to support the Manitowoc County Historical Society's youth programs. There is no cost to attend the movie but donations are appreciated for the Society's Education Fund. 

There will be limited bench and chair seating inside the Nennig Dance Pavilion for the movie but we encourage guests to bring a blanket and pillow to enjoy the film from the Pavilion's center floor. 

Coco tells the story of Miguel, a young boy whose desire to discover and follow his great-great-grandfather’s legacy takes him on a colorful journey through the Land of the Dead. In this vibrant world, he meets many members of his family tree who long to return to the world of the living on Día de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) to visit the loved ones they left behind. But here’s the catch—they can only do that if one of their living relatives still remembers them.

Just like Miguel’s ancestors, our own family members are counting on us to keep their memories alive. Preserving and sharing their pictures and stories can create a real-life bridge between us in the land of the living and our loved ones who have passed on. These memories enrich our family history, building a connection that goes beyond just a basic knowledge of dates and places.

 

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Curiosity Fair
Jul
19
4:00 PM16:00

Curiosity Fair

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Kids and adults are invited to play, create and investigate the mysteries of the world around them and explore Wisconsin through science, history and art at the Manitowoc County Historical Society’s Curiosity Fair. There is a wide variety of activities, demonstrations, and exhibits. 

Visitors will discover what living things are in their own backyard with Woodland Dunes, meet and greet reptiles, travel the museum grounds on a miniature train ride, and create a souvenir with Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in the Pinecrest Print Shop. The day will also include a ride on a vintage bicycle with the Wisconsin Bike Federation, the opportunity to test drive a LEGO robot with Lakeshore FIRST Robotics, and creating a piggy bank with Verve, a Credit Union. Join local fire departments in bucket brigade contests and take part in a vintage base ball game.

Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children (5-17), and free for children under the age of 5. MCHS members receive free admission.

The Curiosity Fair is made possible by Fox Communities Credit Union, Terp Family Insurance, and Verve, a Credit Union.

 

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Tram Tour
Jul
15
1:00 PM13:00

Tram Tour

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Motorized Tram Tour

Sunday, June 17 at 1 pm
Sunday, July 15 at 1 pm
Sunday, August 19 at 1 pm

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. 

Reservations must be made at least 2 days in advance (by Friday before the Sunday tour date). Please call (920) 684-4445 to reserve your seat on the tram tour. The tram holds a maximum of 5 people. 

The cost is $10 for adults, $7 for children (age 5 to 17). Free for MCHS members. 

Can't make the tram tour date, contact the Manitowoc County Historical Society to organize a special tram tour that meets your schedule. 

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Family Woodworking
Jun
28
1:00 PM13:00

Family Woodworking

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Woodworking can be fun for everyone! Use real woodworking tools such as hammers, hand drills, hand saw and others to make your own wooden project with the assistance of our instructors. Together, we will learn to safely use a variety of woodworking tools and make our own wood creations.

Fee: $35.00 for MCHS Member pair. $50 for non-member pair. A pair is defined as one adult and one child (age 7 to 17). Advanced registration is required. 

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Tram Tour
Jun
17
1:00 PM13:00

Tram Tour

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Motorized Tram Tour

Sunday, June 17 at 1 pm
Sunday, July 15 at 1 pm
Sunday, August 19 at 1 pm

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. 

Reservations must be made at least 2 days in advance (by Friday before the Sunday tour date). Please call (920) 684-4445 to reserve your seat on the tram tour. The tram holds a maximum of 5 people. 

The cost is $10 for adults, $7 for children (age 5 to 17). Free for MCHS members. 

Can't make the tram tour date, contact the Manitowoc County Historical Society to organize a special tram tour that meets your schedule. 

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Family Blacksmithing Workshop - SOLD OUT
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Family Blacksmithing Workshop - SOLD OUT

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SOLD OUT!
Click here for an additional family blacksmithing workshop on July 26.

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 7 to 17). Advanced registration is required. 

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Beginning Blacksmithing - SOLD OUT!
Jun
14
10:00 AM10:00

Beginning Blacksmithing - SOLD OUT!

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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 iron project 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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Family Pioneer Games
May
26
1:00 PM13:00

Family Pioneer Games

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Have you ever wondered what games pioneer children played? Laura Ingalls Wilder describes many games and activities in her books, and research shows us a few other games that children played during this era. Join us for our workshop as we make toys that you can take home.

Fee: $35.00 for MCHS Member pair. $50 for non-member pair. A pair is defined as one adult and one child (age 7 to 17). Advanced registration is required. 

We are proud to hold this event in celebration of Wisconsin Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month.

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Homegrown Wisconsin (Homeschool Program)
May
22
10:00 AM10:00

Homegrown Wisconsin (Homeschool Program)

From immigrant roots to native traditions, follow our Pinecrest Village residents as they share their stories and home life. 

Registration is due by Tuesday, May 15. 

Homeschool program admission is $6 for adults and students age 5 to 17. Children
under 5 are admitted free. Passes and memberships are not valid.

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Library Card Free Day
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Library Card Free Day

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Join the Manitowoc Public Library free day at the Historical Society Museum campus. Visitors can show their MCLS library card to tour the campus at no cost. A storytime will be presented at 1 p.m. in Shadyside School.

We are proud to hold this event in celebration of Wisconsin Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month.

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MCHS Member Picnic
May
17
5:00 PM17:00

MCHS Member Picnic

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Gather with other MCHS members for an evening planned especially for you on Thursday, May 17! Enjoy a delicious picnic meal in the Two Creeks Town Hall at MCHS. Bring the family and come join us for this fun evening! Picnic Meal from 5:00-6:30 p.m of hot sandwiches, potato salad, and chips. Free will donations accepted - proceeds to support MCHS Vetting Fund. Call MCHS to reserve your seat by May 4 to (920) 684-4445.

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Outdoor Season Begins
May
1
10:00 AM10:00

Outdoor Season Begins

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Summer Outdoor Season Hours (May 1 through October 24):

The McAllister House Welcome Center and Pinecrest Historical Village are open May 1 through October 24, Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.  Closed Monday.

Admission is required to view the exhibits at the museum and to attend special events. Admission must be paid at the Welcome Center.

Admission rates include:
$10 Adults (age 18 and older)
$7 Children (age 5 to 17)
Under age 5 is free

MCHS Members receive free daily admission.

 

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