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Historic Sites and Museums Swing into Spring


Three young visitors to Old World Wisconsin try walking on stilts in the outdoor museum's hands-on activity center at Caldwell Farmers Club Hall

May marks the start of a new season of daily activities and special events that allow visitors of all ages to explore Wisconsin history while having some family friendly fun at Wisconsin's historic sites and museums. Old World Wisconsin, the largest and most diverse of all of the Society's historic sites, opens to the public on May 1 and will get things rolling right away on the first weekend of the month with Rituals of Spring Weekends: Sheep Shearing, the first of four weekends of the event that shift the historical focus to a different facet of 19th-century farm life, ranging from the role women played in farming to plowing and planting the outdoor museum's many farm fields. Also taking place at the site that opening weekend, on Sunday, May 6, is a perennial favorite, Old World Wisconsin's third annual Bustle Hustle 5K Run/Walk.

Play Ball — 1860s Style

Both Old World Wisconsin and Wade House, which opens May 19, will celebrate spring with the return of their two vintage base ball teams (spelled as two words just as was the convention in the 1860s): Old World Wisconsin's Eagle Diamonds and the Wade House Greenbush Dead Citys. The teams both have busy schedules as they take to their homegrown ball parks to play the time-honored game by 1860s rules and using quaint terminology of the times: the batter is a "striker," the pitcher is a "hurler" and the catcher is a "behind," among other unfamiliar terms.

Let the Circus Begin

Circus World kicks off its spring and summer performance season on May 19 with a lineup of acts that include magician and illusionist Tristan Crist and his new show, Theatre of Illusion. Others include the KidsWorld Interactive Circus, the Lucky Star Miniature Trick Horse Show, the Circus Skills Adventure and the Novelty Instruments Concert. In addition to the outstanding circus acts, Circus World also presents outstanding exhibits of circus history and is home to the original winter quarters of the Ringling Brothers Circus, now a National Historic Landmark.

Ways to Save on Your Voyage Through Wisconsin History

In all, the Society has 11 historic sites and museums located all over Wisconsin. If you would like to visit several of them this season, consider buying a historic sites and museums Passport, which will provide you with unlimited admission to all 11 attractions all season long while saving you 60 percent off the price you would pay for individual admission rates. Or, if you're not already a member of the Society, you could join and enjoy deep discounts or free admission to the sites and museums, depending upon your membership level.

More Historic Sites and Museums to Visit and Enjoy

Take a moment to learn about the other historic sites and museums you can visit.


:: Posted April 26, 2012

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