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Heritage Skills Expo

  • Manitowoc County Historical Society 924 Pinecrest Road Manitowoc, WI 54220 (map)

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.

Erik James Leatherwerks, Manitowoc, will host the Harness Shop for the program. Visitors can watch as leather projects are completed and try their hand at various leather tools.

This special tour experience is self-guided and will allow you to tour and take part in hands-on activities at your own pace. The general public does not need to pre-register, but any school groups wishing to attend should follow the registration instructions below.

Admission for the general public is $10 Adults (age 18 and older), $7 Children (age 4 to 17) and under age 4 is free. MCHS members receive free admission.

Looking at attending with your school group or homeschool family? The Heritage Skills Expo is targeted to elementary, 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. School groups should register to attend by filling out a tour reservation form HERE. Homeschool families planning to attend should register by filling out the homeschool program reservation form HERE and selecting “Heritage Skills Expo”.  

Admission for educational groups is $6 per student. Teachers and aids admitted at no charge. One free chaperone is allowed for every 10 students.  Additional chaperones are $6 each. For Homeschool program attendees, one adult educator per family is admitted free.  Additional adults may join in the program at a cost of $6 each. 

For education group questions, please contact our Program Coordinator at

Earlier Event: April 17
History Happy Hour: Kurtz's Pub & Deli
Later Event: May 8