RACINE — The Wisconsin History Tour, a new statewide outreach program from the Wisconsin Historical Society, has launched at the Racine Public Library, 75 Seventh St.
“The Wisconsin History Tour: Sharing Wisconsin’s Stories One Community at a Time” tour centers on a handcrafted traveling exhibit and history-related programming that offers a sampling of the history and stories that the society has been gathering since its founding in 1846.
History comes alive in Racine the third week of the Tour, Sept. 23-27, when authors, genealogists, architects, partners and storytellers present special programs for all ages, including History Sandwiched In lunchtime discussions that include a “diamond memories” of the Racine Belles professional women’s baseball team, genealogy workshops, a Taste Tradition dinner and children’s activities. Speakers scheduled for Racine include Frank Lloyd Wright historian Ron McCrea; society architectural historian Jim Draeger, author of “Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin’s Historic Bars and Breweries”; bicycling history author Jesse Gant; and award-winning photographer Kevin Miyazaki.
The week-long history celebration ends the afternoon of Sept. 27 as the Wisconsin Historical Foundation joins in the Racine Party on the Pavement celebration, offering special gifts to foundation members — including those who join that day — as well as general giveaways, history trivia and more. For details and updates, go to www.wisconsinhistorytour.org.
After its stop in Racine, the tour travels to Sheboygan and La Crosse before heading to Milwaukee, Green Bay, Eau Claire, Appleton and Ashland in 2015-2016 and beyond.