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About SPARK!

The Manitowoc County Historical Society is one of a network of museums in Wisconsin and Minnesota implementing SPARK!. Learn more about SPARK! 

SPARK! is a free monthly program for individuals living with early-to-mid stage memory loss, their care partners, and family members. Participants are engaged in lively conversations, exhibit exploration, historic artifacts, and multi-sensory activities.

SPARK! programs are held at the Manitowoc County Historical Society on the second Wednesday of each month at 11 am. Participants may arrive at 10:45 am for coffee and conversation before the program begins. The program will last between 60 and 90 minutes. Participants and their families are also welcome to stay after the program to tour the museum.

Space is limited for the programs and we ask that you register at least 3 days before the program. To register for a SPARK! program you can email or call the museum at (920) 684-4445.

Upcoming Programs:

May 8:  Civil War Soldier - Discover the clothes, backpacks, and diaries of a Manitowoc County Civil War soldier.

June 12:  Victorian Pampering - A wide range of beauty products were available to Wisconsin residents during the Victorian Era. Try on a hoop skirt, mix a cologne or perfume, and pack a beauty bag to take home.

July 10:  Toys and Games of the Past - Relive popular toys and games from the last century.

August 14:  The Pioneer Prairie  - What did our land look like before settlement? Discover the beauty of a natural prairie.

September 11:  Life on the Farm - Roll up your sleeves and get ready to make some butter and cheese - and take part in other farm chores!

October 9:  Victorian Song and Dance - Sing and follow along with our Victorian tunes and dancing.

November 13: In the Leather Shop - Create a leather project to take home and learn about this historic trade.

December 11:  Christmas Calling Cards - ‘Tis the season for holiday greetings! Be a printer’s apprentice and make a holiday calling card and help decorate cookies.


The SPARK! program at the Manitowoc County Historical Society is made possible in part by generous support from Bader Philanthropies, Inc. and Felician Village. Click on the image below to learn more about our partners.