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The history, the people and the stories of the Upper Midwest



Gift Shop Sale

Friday, November 29 – Sunday, December 1
Locations: Civil War Museum, Kenosha Public Museum, Dinosaur Discovery Museum

Enjoy 20% off purchases. Friends of the Museums (FOM) members can take a chance in store to get an additional 10%, 15% or 20% off – up to 40% off.  Sale excludes books, media and consignments, and cannot be combined with any other offer.


Victorian Christmas

Saturday, December 7 | 10am-4pm

Step back in time to discover the holiday traditions of the Civil War and Victorian periods. Families will delight in games, crafts, ornament making, and storytelling. Don’t miss the special exhibit of 19th century women’s clothing and accessories. Visit soldier and civilian living history presenters inside the main gallery. (Free admission all day!)  Plus enjoy these special performances:

11am  – Holiday favorites by Ed Pierce and the Palmyra Eagle Band
12pm – Meet President Abraham Lincoln at a holiday reception
2pm – Storytelling with Laura Marsh: The Night Before Christmas and The Christmas Tree Ship
3pm – Maritime Archaeologist Tamara Thomsen presents the true story of The Christmas Tree Ship

Sunday, December 8 | 1:30pm

RG Radio Productions presents a live performance of A Christmas Carol.


2nd Friday Lecture Series

Sponsored by the Milwaukee Civil War Round Table and Iron Brigade Association.

The Hospital Sites of Antietam
Friday, December 13, 2019; Noon
The Battle of Antietam left behind more than 23,000 casualties in a single day, a medical emergency not seen before on the North American continent. Caring for the dead and wounded soldiers of the battle had far reaching implications for the farms and towns around Sharpsburg, Maryland. Dr. Dammann will discuss the hospitals that were created after the battle and how they worked for months to save the lives of the wounded.


SPARK! at the Civil War Museum

SPARK! is a monthly program for individuals in early to mid-stages of memory loss and their caregivers. Participants are engaged in lively conversations, storytelling, interactive exhibit experiences, object handling, and other multi-sensory activities. Space is limited, so reservations are required. 262-653-4423 or

Upcoming SPARK! schedule

December 20, 2019; Holiday Tea

Learn how to set a table for tea service, complete a holiday craft and sip tea while listening to holiday music.

To learn more about SPARK! programming and other partner museums, visit Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin.

The free SPARK! program is made possible by the Helen Daniels Bader Fund, a Bader Philanthropy.

I’ve Heard of Her

3rd Thursdays, Noon

Bring a lunch and join Museum staff in a discussion of the remarkable and often unknown parts of the lives and roles of women in history. You might know their names but not all the details. Explore the good, the bad, and the in between. This free monthly program is held in conjunction with Suffrage 100.


December 19: Bonnie Parker – Everyone knows her as half of the crime duo Bonnie and Clyde, but who was Bonnie Parker? Find out more about this young woman who is remembered more as a myth than for who she was.

Victorian Christmas is held in conjunction with Kenosha HarborHoliday, and indoor/outdoor international market and festival at the museums campus. Celebrate different holidays and cultures at the Kenosha Public Museum International Holiday Faire. Then visit with 60 food and gift vendors under two heated tents. Listen to festive musical performances all day. Enjoy family activities, streetcar rides with storytellers, and a local artist ornament auction and sale.  Click here for more details on the Kenosha HarborHoliday website.