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July 26, 2018 - History is in Bloom at Old World Wisconsin

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July 26, 2018 - History is in Bloom at Old World Wisconsin | Wisconsin Historical Society

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kara O’Keeffe



History is in Bloom at Old World Wisconsin

Eagle, Wis. – During the month of August, Old World Wisconsin will bloom with garden activities as guests experience Heirloom Gardens!

“As we soak in the summer sun, our gardens will be blooming with lively, beautiful heirloom flowers, fruits and vegetables,” said Dan Freas, site director of Old World Wisconsin. “The diversity of plants is matched only by the stories of our immigrant families who cultures, foods and styles can be seen in the activities throughout the month.”

Heirloom Garden month will be full of immersive experiences for guests of all ages to participate in. These hands-on activities range from creating natural plant dyes, to discovering the sweet magic of honeymaking and botany demonstrations.  The celebration will include tours with heirloom garden experts who will talk about and showcase hundreds of different vegetables, flowers and herbs, some of which guests will get to taste-test!  In addition to the organic food tastings, guests are also invited to get their hands dirty and try out old-fashioned gardening tools and visit the root cellar, rockery, and rootery.  Guests will receive also receive gardening tips!


During their visit, guests can stop at the new Old World Wisconsin Garden Shop to pick up heirloom seeds, tools, and other garden inspiration to make their home bloom with history.  Old World Wisconsin’s plants, staff, and volunteers look forward to welcoming you to celebrate heirloom gardens.

This special experience will take place from July 30 to August 31.  Wisconsin Historical Society members receive free admission.  Admission rates: Adults (18-64) $19; Children (5-17) $10; (children 4 and under are free of admission); Senior citizens (65 and over) $16. Fees include an all-day tram transportation pass, and parking is free. For more information, please call 262-594-6301 or visithttp://oldworldwisconsin.wisconsinhistory.org/.

Old World Wisconsin is one of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s twelve historic sites and museums.

About Old World Wisconsin

Old World Wisconsin is a 600-acre regional history attraction that features interactive environments and immersive stories of 19th-and early 20th-century Midwestern immigrant farm and rural life. It is one of twelve Wisconsin Historical Society sites and museums around the state. The site operates weekends in May, then daily Memorial Day through Labor Day, then Thursdays through Sundays September 10 through October 31. The museum offers guests hands-on activities, led by period-clad staff members, as they visit 10 working farmsteads, explore 12 heirloom gardens, meet heritage animal breeds and try historic crafts and skills. Old World Wisconsin is located on Highway 67 just south of Eagle, Wisconsin in the Milwaukee/Chicago/Madison triangle. For more information visit www.oldworldwisconsin.org or call 262-594-6301.

About Wisconsin Historical Society
The Wisconsin Historical Society, founded in 1846, ranks as one of the largest, most active and most diversified state historical societies in the nation. As both a state agency and a private membership organization, its mission is to help people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories. The Wisconsin Historical Society serves millions of people every year through a wide range of sites, programs and services. For more information, visit wisconsinhistory.org.