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Virtual Programs

Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

Wednesday, April 7  |  7:30pm  |  Watch on Facebook  |  Guest Speaker: Hilde Adler

Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, November 9-10, 1928:  Hilde Adler will tell her experience of Kristallnacht in Germany as a child. It was the catalyst that sent her family to seek a way out, eventually finding safety and coming out alive. In addition, Indian Trail High School students will perform readings and music.

 

 

Kohl’s Wild Theater Presents: Finding Harmony

Friday, April 9  |  10:30am – 11:30am  |  Recommended for ages 5-11
Free Zoom program – registration required   |  Register Here by April 7

During this 40-minute musical, Hadley the garden gnome and his pet rock, Thad, attempt to create the perfect backyard. Unfortunately their definitions of “perfect” don’t exactly align. When they discover a lonely baby bunny, Hadley and Thad must work together to track down its missing parents and learn what it means to live in harmony with the wildlife that shares their outdoor space.

 

 

Virtual Climate Change Conversation

Thursday, April 22  |  Noon  |  Watch on Facebook

Join museum curator of natural science education, Nick Wiersum, as he talks with Dr. Rachel Headley, assistant professor of geosciences at UW-Parkside, about her work on glaciers, climate change, and what we can do to help fight back against it.

 

 

Virtual Family Night

Take a lively museum tour and learn trivia facts without leaving your home!  These fun programs are free for members.  Not a member yet?  Join today!

All members and non-members must register by the day before the event, then a Zoom link will be emailed the day of the event.

Dinosaur Night

Monday, May 3 |  6 – 7 pm  |  Free ($5 per non-member family)  |  Register Here by May 2

Join us for a fun night featuring a tour of the “terrible lizards” at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, a look at the research lab, and test your dinosaur knowledge with fun dinosaur trivia throughout the night.

 

 

Museum Munchkins

Every Wednesday  |  9:30 – 10am  |  Watch on Facebook

Get your preschooler excited about science and the world around them. Each week we’ll explore a new theme with stories, songs, and activities using pieces from our collection.

Click Here for Hands-on Munchkins Activities

Munchkins Schedule

APRIL:  April 7 – Rats;  April 14 – Dolphins;  April 21 – Earth Day;  April 28 – Frogs

MAY:  May 5 – Rhinoceros;  May 12 – Migratory Birds;  May 19 – Sea Turtles;  May 26 – Snails

JUNE:  June 2 – Quokkas;  June 9 – Cows;  June 16 – Pike;  June 23 – Alligators;  June 30 – Honey Bees

PAST MUNCHKINS VIDEOS:   Watch any time on our YouTube channel

 

 

I’ve Heard of Her Programs

Once a month museum staff lead a discussion on remarkable women, exploring their lives and roles in history – the good, the bad, and the in between. With the exception of the March presentation, programs are presented via Zoom to allow for audience participation. Advance registration is required so a Zoom link can be emailed to participants the morning of the program.

Mulan

Thursday, April 15  |  Noon  |  Presenters: Caitlin Manwaring & Samantha Machalik  | 
Free live Zoom program – registration required  |  Register Here by April 14

Examine the true story behind the 1998 Disney movie Mulan. First written about in the 12th Century short poem, Ballad of Mulan, her folk story is thought to have originated in the 4th or 5th Century. Was Mulan real? Did she have a talking dragon friend? Why does her story carry on through the centuries? Join us for our first live virtual discussion.

 

Gudrid the Far-Traveled

Thursday, May 20  |  Noon  |  Presenters: Caitlin Manwaring & Samantha Machalik  |
Free live Zoom program – registration required  |  Register Here by May 19

Gudrid the Far-Traveled was as much of an adventurer as her nickname suggests. Born in Iceland at the height of the Viking Age, she journeyed throughout Europe, even reaching as far as Rome. She also beat Columbus to North America by about 500 years. What did she find there? How was she able to travel as far and wide as she did?

 

Billie Jean King

Thursday, June 17  |  Noon  |  Presenters: Caitlin Manwaring & Samantha Machalik
Free live Zoom program – registration required  |  Register Here by June 16

We’re talking sports and gender equality. Arguably one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Billie Jean King changed the sport for women. King won the infamous “Battle of the Sexes” match against Bobby Riggs in 1973. She has been a major advocate for gender equality throughout her life, and in the 1980s she became one of the first major athletes to publicly come out as being in a same sex relationship.

 

Click here to watch past I’ve Heard of Her programs on YouTube

 

 

SPARK! at the Civil War Museum

This monthly program is for individuals living with early to mid-stage memory loss and their care partners. Participants are engaged in lively conversations, storytelling and other multi-sensory activities.

All SPARK! programs are currently being offered virtually. Please register for the free program at [email protected] or 262-653-4141. A link to Zoom will be emailed to all registrants the week of the program.

 

They Ate That?

Friday, April 16  |  2pm

Learn about the different foods that Civil War soldiers prepared and ate, then share your own stories about favorite recipes for dinners, desserts and more.

 

Civil War Drawing and Painting

Friday, May 21  |  2pm

Using original works of art from the Civil War Museum collection, learn about the drawings and paintings created by and for Civil War soldiers. Then create your own original drawings to share with the group.

 

You Are the Soldier

Friday, June 18  |  2pm

Learn about the uniforms, equipment and personal items of the Union soldiers. Create your own virtual knapsack by making choices about the items you would pack if you were a Civil War soldier.