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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.






September 20, 2019; Back to School

Join us for an 1860s lesson, have a snack and learn about children’s lives at school and at home.


October 18, 2019; Old Fashioned Fun

Play a game of pick up sticks, master tavern puzzles and make a Civil War era toy.


November 15, 2019; Civil War Stories

What was under Lincoln’s hat? What was Old Abe? Who was the Angel of Wisconsin? Find out the stories behind the Civil War.


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.

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.


6th Annual SPARK! Conference on Creative Engagement

Thursday, October 3, 2019; 8am-5pm | Friday, October 4, 2019; 8am-1pm | Civil War Museum