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Civil War Days
Jun
6
to Jun 7

Civil War Days

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

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

Featured Activities (Both days):

  • 10 am to Noon Military Demonstration in battlefield area

  • Watch out for pickets throughout the day!

  • 1 pm main battle reenactment

  • Medical scenario following the main battle at the field hospital

  • 3 pm School of the Soldier at the
    Collins Depot

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

Ongoing Activities:

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

Learn how to make hardtack with Mrs. Kunze.

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

Take part in pioneer games at Shadyside School.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

4-H and FFA Sunday

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

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

The registration process is easy!

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

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

 

Presented in partnership with

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

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

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

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

Homegrown Heritage Breakfast Fundraiser

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

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

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

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

The breakfast is made possible by Investors Community Bank.

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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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Family Night: Bucket Brigade
Jun
15
5:00 PM17:00

Family Night: Bucket Brigade

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During our June Family Night we will have local fire departments participate in bucket brigade contests, and they will be recruiting our visitors to assist them!  Learn about the roles of fire departments throughout our history and meet members of our local departments. 

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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Storybook Village
Jun
7
10:00 AM10:00

Storybook Village

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Our storytellers this week are Hatrack Storytellers.

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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