Victorian Christmas at the Civil War Museum

Join the Civil War Museum on Saturday, December 8th, as they explore the traditions and activities involved in the Victorian Era celebration of the Christmas season.  The activities run from 11 am to 4 pm, and listed below is the schedule of events:

11 am to 4 pm – Visit the Winter Camp of a Civil War Soldier

See how Civil War soldiers celebrated the Christmas holiday and survived the cold of winter with living historian, Steve Acker.

11 am to 4 pm – Family Craft Activities

Make calling cards, dance cards, and other 19th century Christmas crafts.

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Durkee mansion tour

The Durkee Mansion, 6501 Third Avenue, part of the Kemper Center, was open today from 1 pm to 5 pm for free tours.  Come see the mansion, which was once home to United States Senator Charles Durkee.  The Durkee Mansion is a cream-brick, Italianate Victorian home.  It originally had an ornate, wooden wrap-around porch and a widow’s walk.  One of the striking features is the suspension stairway, located in the foyer.  It is the largest stairway of its type in the state.  The bedrooms on the second floor and the third floor (formerly the ballroom) have fireplaces, parquet floors, and louvered windows.  The third floor was not available for viewing and has been closed for years.

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Two Civil War Museum programs on Saturday

The Civil War Museum is hosting two free programs on Saturday, November 17th.  The museum is located at 5400 First Avenue, in downtown Kenosha.

The first is “Minnesota’s Other Civil War:  The Dakota Conflict of 1862.”  It starts at 1 pm, and it’s being presented by Stephen Osman.  The Dakota War of 1862 was the single most important event in Minnesota’s 154-year history.  In six tragic weeks, the western half of the state was depopulated.  Minnesota’s Dakota people were evicted from the state, leaving scars that remain to this day.  Learn about the causes, visit the battlefields, and consider the legacy of the Dakota War.

Osman recently retired as senior historian with the Minnesota Historical Society.  He managed Historic Fort Snelling for over three decades and actively researches, speaks, and writes about Minnesota’s role in the Civil War and the Dakota War.

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Last call for “Power of a Purse” fundraiser tickets

The Women’s Fund of the Kenosha Community Foundation announces a final call for tickets for its “Power of a Purse” fundraising event.

“Power of a Purse” will take place 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, , at the Best Western Harborside Hotel, 5125 Sixth Ave., in Kenosha. Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased in advance.

Tickets can be purchased in several ways:

The highlight of the event will be an auction of purses – fashion, one-of-a-kind and artist designed – many filled with “surprises.” Cocktails, including a wine and martini bar, food by local caterers, and special live entertainment will also be a part of the evening’s festivities. Visit the “Power of a Purse” page on Facebook to find out how to purchase tickets and to see a selection of purses up for auction.

Proceeds from “Power of a Purse” benefit the Women’s Fund endowment at the Kenosha Community Foundation. Past Women’s Fund fundraising events, including “Power of a Purse,” have raised over $78,000. The Women’s Fund is a component fund of the Kenosha Community Foundation that supports programs and organizations that create opportunities for women and children through direct grant and responsive philanthropy.

The Kenosha Community Foundation, organized in 1926 as a tax-exempt public charity, actively manages permanent endowments established by individuals, families and business organizations, as well as field of interest funds, such as the Women’s Fund.


Snap-on and History Center collaborate on ’60s exhibit

Snap-on Incorporated and the Kenosha History Center have dedicated a special exhibit at the Rambler Legacy Gallery titled “Sixties Mix and More.”

The exhibit features classic 1960s and earlier automobiles alongside Snap-on tools, equipment and tool storage from throughout the company’s 90 year history. Other displays will tell the Snap-on story through rare signage, advertising and product evolution kiosks. A highlight of the exhibit is a fully restored 1950s Snap-on dealer van. “Snap-on is pleased to support the Kenosha History Center and share its 90 year history and vintage tools as part of this special exhibit,” said Jack Michaels, retired chairman, president and CEO of Snap-on. “Snap-on and the automobile have been an important part of Kenosha’s history for decades, and we are proud to help bring them together in this unique exhibit.”

The display opened to the public beginning Dec. 16 and will remain open through Sept. 25, 2011. The History Center is located at 220 51st Place.