Learn more about what SPARK! has to offer:
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 first Wednesday of each month at 11 am. Participants may arrive at 10:45 am for coffee and conversation before the program begins. 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 info@ManitowocCountyHistory.org or call the museum at (920) 684-4445.
May 1: Civil War Soldier - Discover the clothes, backpacks, and diaries of a Manitowoc County Civil War soldier.
June 5: 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 3: Toys and Games of the Past - Relive popular toys and games from the last century.
August 7: The Pioneer Prairie - What did our land look like before settlement? Discover the beauty of a natural prairie.
September 4: 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 2: Victorian Song and Dance - Sing and follow along with our Victorian tunes and dancing.
November 6: In the Leather Shop - Create a leather project to take home and learn about this historic trade.
December 4: Christmas Calling Cards - Tis the season for holiday greetings! Be a printer’s apprentice and make a holiday calling card and help decorate cookies.
SPARK! Group Visits
Group visit experiences are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., and can be customized to meet the needs of the group. Prices vary depending on the options selected.