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Fall & Holiday Workshops

The safety of students and staff is the museum’s priority. All in person workshop sizes are limited, proper social distancing will be in place, and masks are required at all times.

 

Private Art Classes

$20 per person  |  Minimum of 3 people  |  For adults or kids

Prefer to stay with people in your bubble? Then book a private art class at the museum! Choose from printmaking, still life painting, polymer clay jewelry, or hand-made home decor. Great for birthday parties, bachelorette parties, or a holiday get together.  To book, reach out to Anna Wolff at [email protected] or 262-653-4426.

 

 

Kids

Insect Pinning for Children

Tuesday, December 29  |  10:30 am – 12 pm  |  Ages 10-17  |  Instructor: Nick Wiersum  |  $30 ($25 FOM)  |  Register by December 4

Collecting and pinning insects is a long-standing tradition in the scientific world, but it really took off as a popular, educational hobby during the Victorian Era. This childhood hobby of Satoshi Tajiri even led to the idea and creation of Pokemon. Prior to the workshop, visit the special exhibit Small Wonders: Insects In Focus, then learn about simple insect anatomy, how to catch and prepare insects for a collection, and how to pin insects.

 

 

Adults

Holiday Bell Basket

Tuesday, December 8  |  10 am – 4:30 pm  |  Instructor: Sandy Bulgrin 
$40 ($30 FOM)  |  Supply Fee: $18 

Weave together red, green and natural spokes and weavers. Then finish the basket with a red and green bow and gold bell. Basket measures 6″ x 4″ x 4″H.

 

Insect Pinning for Adults

Tuesday, December 29  |  1:30 am – 3 pm  |  Adults  |  Instructor: Nick Wiersum  |  $30 ($25 FOM)  |  Register by December 4

Collecting and pinning insects is a long-standing tradition in the scientific world, but it really took off as a popular, educational hobby during the Victorian Era. This childhood hobby of Satoshi Tajiri even led to the idea and creation of Pokemon. Prior to the workshop, visit the special exhibit Small Wonders: Insects In Focus, then learn about simple insect anatomy, how to catch and prepare insects for a collection, and how to pin insects.

 

Fused Glass Christmas Tree In Clay Stand

Tuesday, December 8  |  6 – 8:30 pm  |  Instructor: Jayne Herring  |  $30 ($20 FOM)  |  Supply Fee: $25

 

 

 

 

Civil War

Civil War Media Club: The Three Cornered War by Megan Kate Nelson

Monday, November 30  |  6:30 pm  |  Instructor: Doug Dammann  |  $10 ($5 FOM)  |  Virtual

In The Three Cornered War Megan Kate Nelson reveals the fascinating history of the Civil War in the American West. Exploring the connections among the Civil War, the Indian wars, and western expansion, Nelson reframes the era as one of national conflict involving not just the North and South, but also the West. Please read the book before the meeting and be prepared to discuss and ask questions. A Zoom link will be sent the day of the program.

 

From Enslaver to Civil Rights Advocate: The Political Evolution of Ulysses S. Grant

Thursday, December 3  |  7 pm – 8:30 pm  |  Instructor: Nick Sacco, NPS  |  $15 ($10 FOM)  |  Virtual

Ulysses S. Grant was a slave holding farmer who voted for Democrat James Buchanan for the presidency in 1856. Twelve years later Grant himself was elected to the presidency as a Republican committed to securing the right to vote for African Americans. Park Ranger Nick Sacco will examine Ulysses S. Grant’s political evolution, how the War shaped his views towards race and slavery, and why he came to believe the Republican Party was the only party that could successfully promote sectional reconciliation during the Reconstruction Era.  Mr. Sacco will also provide additional resources for teachers who want to teach their students about Grant and the Civil War era.

 

Civil War Museum Christmas Tour

Thursday, December 10  |  3 pm  | Instructors: Doug Dammann and Jenn Edginton  |  $15 ($10 FOM)

Get in the holiday spirit with a special tour of the Fiery Trial gallery. Learn how the Lincolns spent Christmas and New Year’s. Hear how soldiers at the front, and their families back home, celebrated while being apart. Learn more about how Christmas Trees and other Victorian Holiday traditions began.