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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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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Civil War Days
Jun
2
to Jun 3

Civil War Days

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Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3 - 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 2)

  • 10:00 Infantry and Cavalry Drill
  • 11:00 Picket
  • 11:30 Medical Inspection at Cheese Factory

Sunday Only Activities (June 3)

  • 10:15 Church Service at Niles Community Church
  • Join author Ron Larson throughout the day to learn about his new book, "Wisconsin and the Civil War"
  • 11:00 Infantry and Cavalry Drill
  • 11:30 Picket

Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children age 5 to 17, and under age 5 is free. MCHS members receive free admission.

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Scout Sunday
Jun
3
10:00 AM10:00

Scout Sunday

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On Sunday, June 3, 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 3.

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 3, 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. 

If you have any questions, call (920) 684-4445.

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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 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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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 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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Beginning Blacksmithing
Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Beginning Blacksmithing

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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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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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Ingalls Tea
Jul
17
2:00 PM14:00

Ingalls Tea

Join Jessica Michna as Laura Ingalls Wilder in "Road to the Little House."  This performance will take you inside Laura's world as Jessica portrays Laura just as her first book is being published.  She will share wonderful stories and laughter.

The program, which begins at 2 pm, is included in paid admission to the museum. 

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

Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children age 5 to 17, MCHS members are free. Advanced registration is appreciated.

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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. 

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

 

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Pinecrest Pints and Plates
Jul
23
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 23 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.

The evening is a fundraiser for the Manitowoc County Historical Society, with proceeds benefiting the Society's operations, Education Fund, and Vetting Fund.

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!

The Vetting Fund is in memory of Hugo and Eleanor Vetting, the original land owners who donated their field for the creation of Pinecrest Village. The Vetting Fund provides financial resources for the continued upkeep of our 60-acre museum grounds and its structures. 

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

Free Movie Night: 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. 


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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Family Blacksmithing Workshop
Jul
26
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 7 to 17). Advanced registration is required. 

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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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Buffalo Bill Wild West Show
Aug
11
to Aug 12

Buffalo Bill Wild West Show

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Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12
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. 

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

MCHS Members are admitted free.

The Buffalo Bill Wild West Show is made possible by the Dominion Foundation, Bank First National and Ansay and Associates. 

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Tram Tour
Aug
19
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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Mid-Lakes Thresheree
Sep
8
to Sep 9

Mid-Lakes Thresheree

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2018 Feature: 
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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!

 

Daily Activity

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

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

Shadyside School Storytime (11:30 am, both days) - Back in the 1830s, who was a young blacksmith from Vermont, about to make his mark on American history? John Deere, that’s who! Join as we read a book about John Deere's remarkable story and color your own illustrations.

Cattle Auction (2 pm, both days) - Earn coins for doing farm chores throughout the day - Judge butter, helping with grooming calves, make your way through an obstacle course to see which cattle are the easiest to drive. 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 1890!

Addie the Cow (Sunday only)"Addie" the Cow is a life size fiberglass milk cow that milks and moos from the Sheboygan County Dairy Promotion Association. 

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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Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children age 5 to 17, under age 5 is free.  MCHS and MLRI Members are free. Must show Membership card.

The Mid-Lakes Thresheree is made possible with support from Madson's Service, Inc


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. 


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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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
20
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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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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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 adults and students age 5 to 17. Children under 5 are admitted free. Passes and memberships are not valid.

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All Hallow's Eve
Oct
13
1:00 PM13:00

All Hallow's Eve

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Join the Manitowoc County Historical Society for a spooky, sometimes scary, event as we celebrate the immigrant legends that were brought to Wisconsin and the folklore we created here at home. Visitors are encouraged to dress in costume and “trick or treat” throughout our village.

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

All Hallow's Eve is made possible by Hawkins, Ash CPAs.

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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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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.

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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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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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. 

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

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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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Homegrown Heritage Breakfast Fundraiser
Apr
28
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 5-17, $15 Non-member adults, $10 non-member children. Under age 5 is free.

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History Happy Hour: Moore's Irish Pub
Apr
18
5:30 PM17:30

History Happy Hour: Moore's Irish Pub

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History Happy Hour will be held at Moore's Irish Pub (811 Jay Street, Manitowoc) on April 18 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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Victorians' Secrets: The Revealing History of Women's Underwear
Mar
29
5:30 PM17:30

Victorians' Secrets: The Revealing History of Women's Underwear

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The huge skirts! The small waists!  How did Victorian women manage to create these fashionable looks?  With underwear, of course.

Throughout the 19th century, women were constantly reshaping their bodies to ever-changing ideals using corsets, hoops, and bustles.  Join Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History at the Wisconsin Historical Society, to take a peak under the dresses of fashionable Victorian ladies, look at the layers of underwear needed to create the ideal silhouette, and explore how these undergarments reflected societal values.

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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Dine Month: A&W
Mar
28
4:00 PM16:00

Dine Month: A&W

The Manitowoc County Historical Society and local restaurants have teamed up in March to raise money and awareness for our mission to bring the stories of our past to life. On each Wednesday in March, one restaurant will pair with MCHS to donate a portion of that day's proceeds.

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History Happy Hour: Spudz Bar
Mar
21
5:30 PM17:30

History Happy Hour: Spudz Bar

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History Happy Hour will be held at Spudz Bar (504 South County Road J, Reedsville) on March 21 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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Dine Month: Panda Express
Mar
21
10:00 AM10:00

Dine Month: Panda Express

The Manitowoc County Historical Society and local restaurants have teamed up in March to raise money and awareness for our mission to bring the stories of our past to life. On each Wednesday in March, one restaurant will pair with MCHS to donate a portion of that day's proceeds.

Please show the cashier the ticket below.

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Dine Month: Buffalo Wild Wings
Mar
1
to Mar 31

Dine Month: Buffalo Wild Wings

The Manitowoc County Historical Society and local restaurants have teamed up in March to raise money and awareness for our mission to bring the stories of our past to life.  Buffalo Wild Wings has partnered with MCHS for the entire month of March, so you can dine as often as you'd like, while supporting local history!  All you need to do is mention "Manitowoc County Historical Society" to your server.  You can also order takeout and proceeds from your order will support MCHS when you mention our name.

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Port Sandy Bay Dine Fundraiser
Feb
21
4:00 PM16:00

Port Sandy Bay Dine Fundraiser

Not that ordering a sno-coaster takes much arm twisting to begin with, but now there's an added reason to indulge. The Manitowoc County Historical Society and Port Sandy Bay have partnered together to raise money and awareness for our mission to bring the stories of our past to life. Dine with us on Wednesday, February 21 from 4 pm to 8 pm.

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Christmas Tree Ship
Feb
8
5:30 PM17:30

Christmas Tree Ship

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Best-selling author and storyteller Rochelle Pennington will host a presentation that will explore the tragic loss of the Great Lakes schooner Rouse Simmons, better known as “The Christmas Tree Ship,” during a November gale in 1912.

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

Pioneer Winter (Homeschool Program)

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Discover how the Ingalls Family braved Wisconsin winters as you travel through our Pioneer Village following Laura’s story in The Long Winter. Wood stoves will warm our buildings but please dress in your pioneer winter attire.

Homeschool program admission is $6 for students age 5 to 17. Children
under 5 and homeschool teachers are admitted free.

*Bundle up early and save $1 off admission when you register before January 24.

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MCHS at Einstein Project STEM Expo
Feb
3
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!  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 and make your own toy to take home!

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

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Drop Spindle Spinning
Sep
28
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. Appropriate for ages 10-adult.

Advanced registration required. Workshop fee is $25 MCHS Members, $30 Non-members.

Registration includes a drop spindle of your own, wool, and instruction book. Admission to Museum included in workshop fee. The class is limited to 5 people. 

Please call (920) 684-4445 or email info@manitowoccountyhistory.org to register. You can also register through the form below.

 
Name *
Name
Address *
Address
Phone *
Phone
Are you an MCHS Member?
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History Happy Hour: Manitowoc Street Pub
Sep
20
5:30 PM17:30

History Happy Hour: Manitowoc Street Pub

History Happy Hour will be held at Manitowoc Street Pub (444 Manitowoc Street, Reedsville) on September 20 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Guests during History Happy Hour will receive information about the tavern and a historical overview will be held at 6 pm.  A raffle to support the Meeme House Inn Project will also take place.

The Series will also visit the Waverly Inn (1402 16th Street, Two Rivers) on October 18.

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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Homebrewing Workshop
Aug
19
12:00 PM12:00

Homebrewing Workshop

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Learn how to homebrew and appreciate your own beer with the Manty Malters.  The workshop will cover home brewing essentials and will serve up samples. Must be 21 years or older to attend.

Advanced registration required. Workshop fee is $25 MCHS Members, $30 Non-members. Admission to Museum included in workshop fee.

Please call (920) 684-4445 or email info@manitowoccountyhistory.org to register. You can also register through the form below.

 
Name *
Name
Address *
Address
Phone *
Phone
I certify that I am over the age of 21. *

 

 

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Family Night: Pioneer Boot Camp
Aug
17
5:00 PM17:00

Family Night: Pioneer Boot Camp

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Do you have what it takes to be a pioneer? 

During our August Family Night you will travel through various pioneer challenges to see if you have what it takes to be a Manitowoc County pioneer.  Enter as an individual or a family team. Prizes awarded for best pioneer skills.

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

The 2017 Family Night Series is sponsored by Next Era Energy-Point Beach, Fox Communities Credit Union, The Shopko Foundation, and Country Visions. 

 
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Advanced Blacksmithing
Aug
3
10:00 AM10:00

Advanced Blacksmithing

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The advanced workshop is for those who have attended at least one workshop and would like to complete a more difficult project.Appropriate for ages 15 - adult.

Workshop fee is $25 MCHS Members, $30 Non-members. Admission to Museum included in workshop fee.

Advanced registration required. The class is limited to 5 people. 

Please call (920) 684-4445 or email info@manitowoccountyhistory.org to register. You can also register through the form below.

 
Name *
Name
Address *
Address
Phone *
Phone
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Storybook Village
Jul
26
10:00 AM10:00

Storybook Village

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Our guest reader is Investors Community Bank's Laura Coggins.

Especially designed for our youngest visitors (ages 6 and under), our Storybook Village programs will be held Wednesday afternoons. Stop by the Village to explore a fun book and take part in an activity.  Regular admission prices apply. 

Summer Storybook Village Programs take place each Wednesday in June and July from 10 to 10:45 pm.

In general, the schedule will be as follows for each individual program. Please arrive on time so the program may begin on time. Meet at the Visitor Center to begin the program.

10:00 pm - Gather, restroom break, travel to program site
10:15 pm - Read stories
10:30 pm - Tour and do activity
10:45 pm - Enjoy a snack and final questions

2017 Storybook Village series is sponsored by Investors Community Bank. 

To learn more about the Series, please visit our Storybook Village page

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Beginning Blacksmithing
Jul
22
10:00 AM10:00

Beginning Blacksmithing

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Learn the history and basic techniques of blacksmithing as you create your own project to take home with the help of our village blacksmiths. Appropriate for ages 15 - adult.

Our beginner workshops are ideal for those who have never attended a workshop before. 

Workshop fee is $25 MCHS Members, $30 Non-members. Admission to Museum included in workshop fee.

Advanced registration required. The class is limited to 5 people. 

Please call (920) 684-4445 or email info@manitowoccountyhistory.org to register. You can also register through the form below.

 
Name *
Name
Address *
Address
Phone *
Phone
Are you an MCHS Member?
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Storybook Village
Jul
19
10:00 AM10:00

Storybook Village

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Our guest reader is from the Two Rivers Lester Public Library.

Especially designed for our youngest visitors (ages 6 and under), our Storybook Village programs will be held Wednesday afternoons. Stop by the Village to explore a fun book and take part in an activity.  Regular admission prices apply. 

Summer Storybook Village Programs take place each Wednesday in June and July from 10 to 10:45 pm.

In general, the schedule will be as follows for each individual program. Please arrive on time so the program may begin on time. Meet at the Visitor Center to begin the program.

10:00 pm - Gather, restroom break, travel to program site
10:15 pm - Read stories
10:30 pm - Tour and do activity
10:45 pm - Enjoy a snack and final questions

2017 Storybook Village series is sponsored by Investors Community Bank. 

To learn more about the Series, please visit our Storybook Village page

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Storybook Village
Jul
12
10:00 AM10:00

Storybook Village

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Our guest reader is Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels.

Especially designed for our youngest visitors (ages 6 and under), our Storybook Village programs will be held Wednesday afternoons. Stop by the Village to explore a fun book and take part in an activity.  Regular admission prices apply. 

Summer Storybook Village Programs take place each Wednesday in June and July from 10 to 10:45 pm.

In general, the schedule will be as follows for each individual program. Please arrive on time so the program may begin on time. Meet at the Visitor Center to begin the program.

10:00 pm - Gather, restroom break, travel to program site
10:15 pm - Read stories
10:30 pm - Tour and do activity
10:45 pm - Enjoy a snack and final questions

2017 Storybook Village series is sponsored by Investors Community Bank. 

To learn more about the Series, please visit our Storybook Village page

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