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All Hallow's Eve
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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Pinecrest Christmas
12:00 PM12:00

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.

Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children age 5 to 17, under age 4 is free.  MCHS Members are admitted free.

Pinecrest Christmas is made possible by Bitter Neumann and Manitowoc Landscape.

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Civil War Days
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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Mid-Lakes Thresheree
to Sep 8

Mid-Lakes Thresheree

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Feel the ground shake with the roar of antique power!

2019 Feature: 
Oliver Tractors & Equipment

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 stretching fresh mozzarella 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!

Field to Fork Activity Series

Field to Fork Activity Series

Timed Activity

Sawmill narrated discussion at 1 pm.

Farm Auction (2 pm, both days, outside the Town Hall) - Earn coins for doing farm chores throughout the day. Then "buy" a farm animal at our auction. When auction time comes, will you have a winning bid? You can't take our farm animals 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 Sorenson House.
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.

Threshing Demonstration

Threshing Demonstration

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 a sawmill

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Submit Your Farm Picture

Share your family’s old or new farm picture to be included in a digital display during the Mid-Lakes Thresheree weekend!

Photos should be submitted in jpg format and include the farm name, location, and no more than 50 words about the family or farm. Images should be emailed to with the subject line “Farm Photo”.

By submitting material to us, you grant MCHS, its affiliates, and partners use of the material for the Mid-Lakes Thresheree 2019, including the right to use your name and city/state in connection with any such use. We reserve the right to modify, reproduce and distribute your material.


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:

Bank First National

Country Visions

CP Feeds

Madson’s Service—St. Nazianz, WI

Manitowoc Disposal

Thompson Machinery

Verve, A Credit Union

Presented in partnership with


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 and Swap Meet Information

Exhibitors may begin to set-up on Friday, September 6 after 8 am. Exhibitors will need to register on site. Exhibitors are encouraged to be active participants in the Mid-Lakes Thresheree with their equipment. For more information please contact Steve Kress at
(920) 946-0706 or

Vendors are invited to show their farm related equipment, parts, and related antiques in a
designated area for a fee. Advanced registration is required. For more information on the swap meet, please contact: Mark Griesbach at (920) 726-4772—call before  1 p.m. or leave message.

Join in the Exhibitor's Breakfast, starting at 8 am both days at the Nenning Dance Pavilion.



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Buffalo Bill Wild West Show
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 Buffalo Bill’s Best of the 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 Activities:
10:30 - Flea Circus
11:00 - Storytime at Shadyside School
11:30 - Flea Circus
12:15 - Parade through town
1:00 - Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Arena Extravaganza
3:00 - Flea Circus
3:30 - Bank 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 A.C.E. Building Service, Inc., Bank First National, Bitter Neumann, Cellcom/Nsight Telservices, Community First Credit Union, Denmark State Bank, EVM, Inc., Hawkins Ash CPAs, Seehafer Broadcasting, Triangle Distributing, UnitedOne Credit Union, and Weichert, Realtors CornerStone.

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Pinecrest Pints and Plates
5:30 PM17:30

Pinecrest Pints and Plates

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Enjoy an evening sampling local craft beer, wine, and foods set in the beautiful Pinecrest Historical Village! Music, food, and after-hours access to the historic village all make for a fun and unique night out with friends.

This event is for adults ages 21+. Please bring ID as it will be checked at the door.

Admission includes:

  • 2 oz. tastings of beers and wines

  • Food samples from area restaurants

  • Commemorative pint glass

  • Access to browse the historic structures of Pinecrest Historical Village

  • Wide array of auction and raffle items to win

Tickets: $50 before July 22 or $60 the day of, at the door, if not sold out.


Handcrafted Local Food & Beverages

Visit local breweries, wineries, and food producers on-site to sample their favorites! Join us as we welcome Ahnapee Brewery, Cedar Crest Ice Cream, CNC Links, Cold Country Vines and Wines, Cravings, Cultivate Taste, French Creek Bakery, Gill’s Bar and Grill, The Hearty Olive, Lakeshore Culinary Institute, Manty Malters Homebrew Club, PetSkull Brewery, Pine River Dairy, Sabbatical Brewing, and JoAnn Vogel.


Up for bidding fun:
American Girl Doll
Cedar Crest Ice Cream
CNC Links
Cold Country Vines and Wines
Green Bay Packers football
Henning's Wisconsin Cheese
Milwaukee Brewers tickets
Pine River Dairy
Park hopper passes for Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Walt Disney Land in California

Our goal is to raise $10,000 to support our year round hands-on education programs for thousands of children and adults.

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High Time for Afternoon Tea
1:00 PM13:00

High Time for Afternoon Tea


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, $12 for Adults, $7 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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Heritage Skills Expo
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 elementary, middle, and high school students, along with homeschool families. 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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Homegrown Heritage Breakfast Fundraiser
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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High Wheel
9:30 AM09:30

High Wheel

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The Manitowoc County Historical Society and The Fitness Store will make history June 17 for a never-before-offered event featuring members of The Wheelmen, a national group of high-wheel bicycle enthusiasts, as they descend on the site for a day of historic fun and games.
We've planned a big day of fun and can't wait to see these high wheelers pedaling around!

There are many ways for guests to participate, with or without bicycles.


Ride with the Wheelmen (Register for the Ride and download a map HERE)

Time: Begins at 10 am in Two Rivers and ride to Manitowoc. Return to Two Rivers around 1 pm.

Location: Mariner's Trail. 

Guests may ride their own bikes on a tour led by members of The Wheelmen, riding their antique bicycles. 


Cycling, Games and Demonstrations

1 pm to 4 pm

Manitowoc County Historical Society (924 Pinecrest Road, Manitowoc)

Admission is $10 for Adults, $7 for children. Free for MCHS Members.

· Watch the Wheelmen ride and demonstrate 

· Take a spin around the twists and turns of the bicycle track on a tricycle
replicated from the era

· Craft a commemorative High Wheel postcard in the Print Shop

· Discover bicycle safety with the Wisconsin Bike Federation

· Learn late-19th-century bicycle songs and rhymes in Shadyside School from 2 to 2:30

· Put on period apparel, climb aboard a replica high-wheel bike and have a one-of-a-kind photo taken.

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