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


SPARK! is a 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, object handling, and other multi-sensory activities, and encouraged to make new friends, socialize and learn interesting stories.




SPARK! is held from 2pm-3:30pm on the third Friday of every month at the Civil War Museum.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Community Quilts
Learn about the truth and myths of quilts during the 1800s. Together, we will make our own “community quilt” to be on display at the museum. No sewing necessary!

Friday, March 16, 2018
Fresh off the Press!
Get a tour of our exhibit, Through British Eyes, followed by a printing press demonstration and activity taught by Ashley Town of Bayview Printing Company.

Friday, April 20, 2018
Animals in the Civil War
Learn about the animals who witnessed and participated in the Civil War. This program features service dogs.

Friday, May 18, 2018
Civil War Soldiers came home to have all sorts of jobs, including potters and other artists. Learn about soldier’s lives after the war, and make your own pinch pot with artist, Carley Lyons.

Friday, June 15, 2018
Learn about what type of plants were grown in gardens during the Civil War. Taste different vegetables and fruits and plant your own seeds to take home.


Space for this free program is limited, so registration is required. To register, contact Jenn at 262-653-4423 or

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.