Wade House offers several chances to get involved in history

The Wade House Historic Site in Greenbush is offering several opportunities for getting involved in history starting this weekend.

Beginning this month and continuing through March 2017, James Willaert, Wade House Curator of Interpretation, will offer a series of public programs titled “Restoring the Past,” inviting visitors to participate in hands-on historic vehicle restoration activities. The first programs of the “Restoring the Past” series will be offered on Saturdays Nov. 19 and Dec. 17, with presentations each day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in which Wade House visitors will discover the skill and specialized tools necessary to restore a wagon or carriage.

Do you have photos of City of Sheboygan people, places, events, and buildings in family photo albums? Do you have souvenirs or other artifacts related to the history of the City of Sheboygan? If so, consider preserving these items for future generations by bringing them to Mead Public Library’s History Scan Days at Wade House Historic Site on Saturdays, Nov. 19, Dec. 17, Jan. 21, Feb. 18 and March 18. On these Saturdays, staff and volunteers from the Mead Public Library in Sheboygan will visit Wade House to offer guests the opportunity to scan photographs, letters, documents, memoirs, posters, artwork, or other souvenirs related to the City of Sheboygan as part of “Preserving the History of Sheboygan through Digital Images” program. The goal of History Scan Days is to digitize and catalog letters, photos, souvenirs, and other artifacts related to the history of Sheboygan. Scanning appointments will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

During “Restoring the Past: Tools of the Trade,” guests will join Charles DeSmet, a character based on a restoration worker, to hear the stories behind the vehicles and learn how the restoration process works. Guests will have the opportunity to try out the tools used by restoration workers and see just how much skill is required to bring historic carriages back to their original condition.

“Restoring the Past” programs will take place at Wade House Historic Site Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum located at W7965 State 23. Admission is as follows: adults - $7; students/ seniors - $6; children (5-17) - $3.50; Children under 5: free; family (up to two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17) - $19.

“Restoring the Past” is part of “Preserving the History of Sheboygan through Digital Images” which has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

History Scan Days will take place at Wade House Historic Site’s Visitor Center located at W7965 State 23 in Greenbush. Please see the Mead Public Library website (www.meadpl.org) for details on what can be scanned and ownership requirements. To make a scanning appointment, or for more information on History Scan Days, please call Mead Public Library at 920-459-3400, ext. 3422.

There is no fee associated with participating in History Scan Days. Though if you’d like to visit the Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum after your scanning appointment, admission is as follows: adults - $7; students/seniors - $6; children (5-17) - $3.50; Children under 5: free; family (up to two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17) - $19.

History Scan Days is part of “Preserving the History of Sheboygan through Digital Images” which has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Wade House Historic Site is one of 12 Wisconsin Historical Society historic sites and museums. For more information, please call (920)526-3271 or visit www.wadehouse.org.


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