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

The Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Tree

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

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

Through the Viewfinder: Cornick's Photo Collection

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.

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

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

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.

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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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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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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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