Museums

“Chalk Talk Kenosha” makes its way to Madison

Do you remember the community art project that was on display in various business in downtown Kenosha last summer?  Well, it has made its way to the state capitol art gallery in Madison.  See below for some pictures:

What are you

In a photograph a young woman holds up a sign that reads, “A man robbed me and put a knife to my kid’s neck.” With her hair pulled back in a practical ponytail and chips evident in her brightly colored fingernail polish, the young woman poses purposely for the camera. But is her message a plea for help, some kind of message the viewer is supposed to act upon?  Written in chalk on black construction paper, this chilling statement is a response to seemingly simple request:  Describe an incident that changed you. The request, stark response, and subsequent photograph are all part of a “chalk talk” workshop conducted at the Kenosha Literacy Council.

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Peanuts . . . naturally

Traveling-exhibits-PNThe Kenosha Public Museum will host a new exhibit starting on Saturday, January 26th.  It’s called “Peanuts . . . Naturally.”  Featuring the comic cartoon artwork of Charles M. Schulz, it’s a light-hearted look at Schulz’s exploration of the natural world through Peanuts comic strips, videos, objects, and interactive stations.  The exhibit will be on display in the Touhey Gallery until April 28th.  There are also Peanuts items for sale in the gift shop.

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Play ball!

Northwoods_League_LogoThe Northwoods Baseball League is hosting a “Kenosha Baseball First Pitch” event this evening at the Civil War Museum, 5400 First Avenue, in downtown Kenosha.  The public is invited to see the league’s plans for its Kenosha team, including renovations of Simmons Field.  The free program starts at 6:30 pm.

The event will feature music by our own K-Town Dixie Ramblers (for the first hour), children’s games and ballpark food — including something they call a “Bacon Glazer Doughnut Cheeseburger.”  There will also be popcorn, brats, peanuts, and cotton candy.

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Legosaurus labs

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Tomorrow, on Saturday, January 12th, at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, there will be five Legosaurus Labs sessions.  The museum is located at 5608 Tenth Avenue.  Times for the labs are 11:15 am, 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:45 pm, and 3:45 pm.  The 11:15 am session is full.  There is still space available in the other four sessions.

Join father and son Lego builders David and John Xandegar in a 30-minute Creativity lab using some of their more than 1 million bricks to create your favorite dinosaur.  The Xandegars will provide assistance and some instruction during the labs.  Three winners will be selected from all the participants, and the winning creations will be on display at the DDM.  Only the three winners will get to keep their creations.

These sessions are open to children ages 5 to 12 with an adult.  The cost of each session is $5, or $2 for Friends of the Museums.

Civil War lunchbox lecture

General Rosecrans (left) rallies his troops at Stones River.  Illustration by Kurz and Allison (1891).

General Rosecrans (left) rallies his troops at Stones River. Illustration by Kurz and Allison (1891).

A Civil War Museum program will take place tomorrow, Friday, January 11th, at 12:00 noon.  It is part of the Second Friday Lunchbox Lecture series, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  It is a free program sponsored by the Milwaukee Civil War Roundtable and the Iron Brigade Association.  It takes place in Freedom Hall at the Civil War Museum, 5400 First Avenue, in Kenosha.

Friday’s lecture is entitled, “The 36th Illinois at Stones River.”  Tom DeFranco presents an account of the January 1, 1863, Battle of Stones River.  At the Battle of Stones River, the 36th Illinois engaged in a desperate fight.  A veteran regiment from Northeast Illinois, they had already seen action at Pea Ridge, Arkansas, and Perryville, Kentucky.

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Museum gets in on Second Saturday events

Second Saturday with the City

The Kenosha Public Museum will start to participate in the Second Saturday events that have been taking place in downtown Kenosha.  The first of the events will be held this Saturday from 6 to 9 pm.  It’s called, “Hot Jazz on a Cold Night.”

In conjunction with Downtown Kenosha Second Saturday, enjoy great exhibits, music and refreshments at the museum.  This month, it’s antipasto and art!  Come and hear the jazzy sounds of Synergy, have appetizers, and help create an indoor public art mural.  You can also visit the museum exhibits.

Tickets are $20 per person, or $15 for friends of the museums.  Two drink tickets are included in the ticket price.  Call (262) 653-4140 for tickets.

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Two other upcoming events include:

  • February 9 – Kenosha Public Museum – It’s Valentine’s Day, Charlie Brown!  From jazz to ragtime to pops, Preludio Strings sets the mood with music.  Throw in chocolate treats of the delectable kind, and the celebration begins!  Also, be sure to check out the “Peanuts. . .Naturally” exhibit.
  • March 9 – Civil War Museum – The Luck o’ the Irish – A bit o’ blarney, the lilt of Irish music, and light refreshments by Ashling on the Lough will have your Irish eyes smiling!  Be sure to see the exhibit, “Keith Rocco:  Capturing the Past.”

Lincoln in the movies

Lincoln - Team of RivalsImages and artifacts from many of the 200+ films and television productions that have depicted the 16th President of the United States are on display at the Civil War Museum.  It’s a new exhibit called “Lincoln in the Movies.”  Included are images and artifacts from many films and television productions that have depicted Abraham Lincoln.

This exhibit will run through May 31, 2013, in the second floor lobby hallway cases.

Frost fest at the Kenosha Public Museum

Frost FestFrost Fest is a free drop-in program for children with adults at the Kenosha Public Museum.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Museums.

Animals in Winter
Wednesday, December 26th, 1 pm to 4 pm
Find out how animals survive and stay warm in the winter.  Make animal tracks to discover what animals visit your yard.  Help our feathered friends by making some bird treats.

Celebrate Kwanzaa
Thursday, December 27th, 1 pm to 4 pm
Learn about the holiday “Kwanzaa,” celebrated December 26 through January 1st.  Make a Kwanzaa pasta necklace.  Create a family tree.   Weave a mkeka mat.  Play African musical instruments.

Happy New Year!
Friday, December 28th, 1 pm to 4 pm
Let’s welcome 2013!  Make a New Year’s hat and a noisemaker for your New Year’s Eve celebration.  Make a peace dove.  Decorate a wall calendar to keep track of all those important 2013 dates.

Call the museum at (262) 653-4130 with any questions.

New second Saturday events to begin on January 12

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The City of Kenosha will present a new series of entertainment at the Kenosha Public Museum and Civil War Museum this winter, tying in with Second Saturday specials in downtown Kenosha.

Second Saturdays with the City begins on Saturday, January 12th, with “Hot Jazz on a Cold Night,” featuring music by Synergy from 6 to 9 pm at the Kenosha Public Museum. People may contribute their talents to an indoor public art mural,visit the museum exhibits, and enjoy antipasto appetizers.

Upcoming Second Saturdays include “It’s Valentine’s Day, Charlie Brown!” on Saturday, February 9th, which highlights a new museum exhibit, “Peanuts . . . Naturally.”  From jazz to ragtime to pops, Preludio Strings sets the mood with music.  Refreshments will include delectable chocolate treats.

On Saturday, March 9th, the festivities move to the Civil War Museum, for “The Luck o’ the Irish” party.  A bit o’ blarney, the lilt of Irish music by Jeff Ward, and light refreshments by Ashling on the Lough will have your Irish eyes smiling. Be sure to see the exhibit, “Keith Rocco: Capturing the Past.”

Cost is $20 per event and includes refreshments. A discounted price of $15 is available to members of Friends of the Museums. For further information, or to purchase tickets, phone the museum at (262) 653-4140.

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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Another travelogue on Friday night

On Friday night, the Kenosha Public Museum presents another travelogue in the series, “Ghost Towns of the Wild West.”  The presenter is Gray Warriner.  This will take place at the Reuther Auditorium, 58th Street and Sheridan Road, in Kenosha.  Doors open at 6:15 pm, and the program begins at 7 pm.  Admission is free, and seating is unreserved.

Other upcoming travelogues for the 2012-2013 season include:

January 18, 2013 – Hello Louisiana/Bonjour Louisiane, by Monty and Marsha Brown

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International Holiday coverage

Earlier today, the Kenosha Public Museum hosted the International Holiday.  Vendors such as Mavra’s Greek Oil, St. John Chrysostomos Monastery, MGV Harmonia German Men’s Chorus, the Kenosha Indian Association, the Kenosha Korean United Methodist Church, Sons of Norway, the Knights of Lithuania, Napoleana Tea Company, and Lighthouse Lacers.

Performances included the Heritage Musick & Daunce Society Recorder Consort, the MGV Harmonia German Men’s Chorus, Korean Dance and Drumming, and the New Image Chorus.

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Kenosha Public Museum hosts International Holiday

The Kenosha Public Museum is hosting an International Holiday on Saturday, December 1st, 2012, from 11 am to 3 pm.  Listed below are the details:

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  •  Museums Staff: Italian Meatball Bombers, Cookies, Cold Beverages
  • Mavra’s Greek Oil: Bottled Greek Olive Oils and Gift Baskets
  • St. John Chrysostomos Monastery: Greek Pastries, Breads, Pies, Crafts, Christmas Items

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Holiday train display at the Kenosha Public Museum

Today was the opening day of the Holiday Train Display at the Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Avenue.  The holiday train, sponsored by the Kenosha Garden Railroad Society (formerly G-Scalers Model Train Club), will be on display in the lobby through January 6th, 2013.

The president of the club, Bill Zimmer, is a part-time maintenance man at the museum.  He says that he has had a fascination for trains that goes back a long way.  “I always had trains – ever since I can remember,” Zimmer said.

Click below to watch a short video clip:

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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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Travelogue: Burma and Cambodia

The Kenosha Public Museum is presenting the 76th annual travelogue season.  The second in the series is Friday night, November 16th, with the presentation of “Burma and Cambodia” by Buddy Hatton at the Reuther Auditorium, 58th Street and Sheridan Road, in Kenosha.  Doors open at 6:15 pm, and the program begins at 7 pm.  Admission is free, and seating is unreserved.

Other upcoming travelogues for the 2012-2013 season include:

December 7, 2012 – Ghost Towns of the Wild West, presented by Gray Warriner

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Bus trip: Christmas in the country

The Kenosha Public Museum (KPM) is hosting a bus trip on Friday, November 30th, entitled “Christmas in the Country.”  It departs from the KPM at 8:30 am and returns at 6:30 pm.

Kick off the holiday season on this annual favorite day trip.  The first stop is historic Cedarburg and the Christmas in the Country food, craft, art, and gift fair at Cedar Creek Settlement and Cedarburg Cultural Center.  Then, depart for Elkhart Lake for lunch at the Osthoff Resort, followed by the European Christmas Market.

The cost is $70 per person, or $60 per person for Friends of the Museums, and includes lunch.  Advance registration is required.

Please call (262) 653-4140 to pre-register.

Transit Department holds two public hearings

Today, the Transit Department held two public hearings on the proposed bus fare increases.  Only nine people attended the morning session, and three people attended the evening session.  Most of the dialogue exchange discussed in this article happened at the morning session.  Check our previous article for details on the proposed fare increases:  Public Hearings on Bus Fare Increase.

Ron Iwen, transit director, said that no route changes are planned, just the rate increases.  They are also proposing leaving the Saturday service the same as it is now.  Currently, four buses run on Saturday.  Iwen stated that the department experienced a loss of funding from the state last year.

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Veteran’s Day events

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There are several events planned later on in the week in remembrance of Veteran’s Day, which is on Sunday, November 11th.

  • On Wednesday, November 7th, at the Christian Life School, 10700 – 75th Street, veterans and the general public are invited to a presentation honoring their military service.  The event starts at 8:15 am and ends at 9 am.  Coffee and baked goods will be provided for veterans and their families afterward.
  • On Thursday, November 8th, at the Hospice Alliance, 10220 Prairie Ridge Boulevard, in Pleasant Prairie, a veteran’s day remembrance service will include Kenosha VFW Chaplain Ken Powers, music by Beth and Tom Kneesel, and the presentation of colors and rifle volley by Kenosha Vietnam Veterans Honor Guard.  The event starts at 6 pm.  Board member Sheryl Mueller will be mistress of ceremonies, and board vice president Michael Langendorf will play taps.  Refreshments will follow.

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Bus trip: Art in Milwaukee

The Kenosha Public Museum is sponsoring a bus trip on Friday, November 9th, called “Art in Milwaukee.”  It departs from the museum at 9 am and returns at 4:30 pm.

Visit the Milwaukee Art Museum to see “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough:  The Treasurers of Kenwood House, London.”  After lunch at Mader’s, tour two galleries of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.  The Layton Gallery features, “MKE – LAX,” and the Stevens Gallery features, “Designing Desire:  The Cultural Effects of Marketing.”

The cost is $75, or $65 for Friends of the Museums and includes lunch.  Advance registration is required.  Call (262) 653-4140.

Free museum program

Later on today, at 1 pm, there will be a program at the Civil War Museum, 5400 First Avenue, entitled, “Caroline Quarlls:  My Independence Day.”  In 1842, 16-year-old Caroline, a light-skinned slave from St. Louis, escaped to Canada.  This is a live first-person theatrical performance based on the letters from Quarlls to Mr. Lyman Goodnow who escorted her from Wisconsin to Canada.  Enjoy the professional performance, ask Quarlls questions of her experiences, and have your photo taken with her.  This program is free and open to the public.

Volunteer opportunities at the museums

The Kenosha Public Museums are offering opportunities for highly motivated, energetic individuals interested in volunteering at the Kenosha Public Museum, Civil War Museum, and Dinosaur Discovery Museum as interpreter/tour guides and outreach volunteers.

Interpreters guide school field trip groups, youth and college groups, senior civic groups and non-profit organizations through the museums during the week or on weekends.  Outreach volunteers also provide educational programs designed to bring the museum experience directly into area classrooms.

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Boo Fest at the Kenosha Public Museum

This afternoon, the Kenosha Public Museum featured a Halloween event called “Boo Fest.”   Children were able to make a trick-or-treat bag, and Day of the Dead puppets.  They also learned about their bones and about owl pellets, went on a scavenger hunt, and watched artist Paul Hoepner sculpt a mask.

The little girl on the right, Amanda Billerbeck, the Campfire Marshmallow,  wrote the poem on the left and colored the picture at the bottom left and presented it to the museum desk staff.

Here are some other pictures from the event:

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Halloween events at the museums

There are several Halloween events being held this weekend at the public museums:

On Friday, October 26th, the Dinosaur Discovery Museum (DDM), 5608 Tenth Avenue, will have a program, “Dinos in the Dark,” from 4 to 6 pm.  Bring a flashlight and walk among the dinosaurs of the DDM!  The dinosaurs will come alive in the shadows as you discover their unique features with your flashlight.  One adult must accompany every 1 to 3 children.  This event is free and open to the public.

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EcoFair at the Kenosha Public Museum

The Kenosha Public Museum and Gateway Technical College held an EcoFair at the Kenosha Public Museum earlier today.

Eco-friendly automobiles were on display in front of the museum. There were cars from Frank Boucher Volkswagen, Audi and Toyota Carmax, Lynch Chevrolet, and Palmen Buick/GMC/Cadillac.  Inside the museum, visitors were able to talk with local organizations including the Eco-Justice Center, UW-Extension Master Gardeners, Carthage College Environmental Science Program, CURE, the City of Kenosha Water Utility, and Eco-Fresh Habitats.

Here are some pictures from the event:

Katie from the Kenosha Water Utility

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EcoFair to be held on Saturday

The Kenosha Public Museum and Gateway Technical College are holding an EcoFair from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, October 20th, at the Kenosha Public Museum.

Learn to live more sustainably, reduce your carbon footprint and save valuable natural resources. Find out about alternative energy for your home, more fuel-efficient cars, “green” building supplies, urban farming, recycling, composting and rain gardens.

Eco-friendly automobiles will be on display in front of the museum. Check out cars from Frank Boucher Volkswagen, Audi and Toyota Carmax, Lynch Chevrolet, and Palmen Buick/GMC/Cadillac.Inside the museum, visit with local organizations including the Eco-Justice Center, UW-Extension Master Gardeners, Carthage College Environmental Science Program, CURE, the City of Kenosha Water Utility, and Eco-Fresh Habitats.

At 1 pm, Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network will present, “Greener Yards, Cleaner Waters,” explaining how to reduce run-off pollution from rain and snow-ice melt in your yard.

The first twenty-five families to attend the fair will receive a reusable “The Lorax” tote bag, and all attendees can register to win a copy of  “The Lorax” DVD.

While at the museum, remember to visit the interactive exhibit, “Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature,” on the second floor, in the West Gallery.

The EcoFair, presentation, and exhibit are free and open to the public.

National fossil day on Wednesday

The Dinosaur Discovery Museum, 5608 Tenth Avenue, in Kenosha, will be celebrating National Fossil Day with crafts and activities for children from 3 pm to 6 pm on Wednesday.

For more information, please call (262) 653-4450.

 

First travelogue tonight

The Kenosha Public Museum is presenting the 76th annual travelogue season starting tonight with the presentation of “Lure of Alaska” by Dale Johnson at the Reuther Auditorium, 58th Street and Sheridan Road, in Kenosha.  Doors open at 6:15 pm, and the program begins at 7 pm.  Admission is free, and seating is unreserved.

Participants can also become a travelogue patron and receive their own “passport” at the first travelogue tonight.  Patrons and youth travelers can collect souvenir stickers at each program.

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Sustainable shelter exhibit at the Kenosha Public Museum

The Kenosha Public Museum has a new exhibit called “Sustainable Shelter:  Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature.”  It’s on display now through the end of the year in the West Gallery on the second level of the museum.

Explore the amazing diversity of animal and human houses and discover the impact of our homes on the environment through hands-on activities, multi-media programs and life-scale models.

This exhibit is sponsored by SC Johnson, the Kloss Charitable Trust, and the Runzheimer Foundation.

One visitor made the remark yesterday, “That exhibit is just marvelous.  Everyone in the region should be required to see it.”

Kids can ‘Cartoon with the Cartoonists’

“Pears Before Swine,” by Stephan Pastis

Children are invited to “Cartoon with the Cartoonists” from 10:30 am to noon on Saturday, September 29th, at the Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Avenue. During these workshops, artists who draw newspaper comic strips will work with students on their drawings.  Artists who will be on hand include John Hambrock, Greg Cravens, Hilary Price, and Dave Coverly.  There are separate workshops for ages 9 through 12 and 13 through 18.

Each participant receives a sketchpad and pen.  Cost is $20.  Advance registration is required.  Interested parties can call the museum at (262) 653-4140.

The workshops are being held in conjunction with the annual Kenosha Festival of Cartooning.

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