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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, May 18, 2018 – Pottery
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 – Gardens
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.

Friday, July 20, 2018 – Civil War Music
Come to the Museum to listen to My Little Red Canoe, a music group that focuses on Civil War music and mixes singing with storytelling.

Friday, August 17, 2018 – Families
Take a tour of the new exhibit, For Honor and Family: Three Families in the Civil War. Then create your own scrapbook page to be added to your family’s heirlooms.

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.