Kenosha Public Museums offers a host of fall programs:
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead): Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, October 22 at the Kenosha Public Museum. Join the Kenosha Public Museum and Bradford High School in celebrating Day of the Dead. Learn about holiday traditions, celebrate loved ones through ofrendas, play Mexican games, create paper crafts to celebrate at home, and explore educational exhibits about community and culture by Bradford students. Free and open to the public.
Native Artists Market: 12-4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Kenosha Public Museum. Join the Kenosha Public Museum in celebrating Native American Heritage Month, which honors the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, histories, and contributions of Wisconsin’s 12 tribal nations. In addition to being able to view and purchase artwork from the artisans themselves, there will be live music and several hands-on activities. Free and open to the public.
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Victorian Spiritualism: 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, October 28 at the Civil War Museum. Connect with your past – or examine your future – at this “otherworldly” event. Inspired by the Golden Age of Magic, explore the spiritual life of Victorians through a performance by a stage medium, palm and tarot card readers, ghost stories and more. Light snacks and drink tickets provided. Only adults. The cost is $55 ($40 for Friends of Museums members). Registration required at thecivilwarmuseum.org
Dinos in the Dark: Fridays October 7, 14 and 21 at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum. Bring a flashlight and wander among the skeletons of the Dinosaur Discovery Museum. Dinosaurs will come to life in the shadows as you discover their unique characteristics. Sessions take place at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Advance registration required for this popular event. www.dinosaurdiscoverymuseum.org
Ghost Hunting: 9-11 p.m. Friday, October 21 at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum. Join the Dinosaur Discovery Museum after hours to hear chilling tales of strange occurrences, explore possible evidence of the paranormal captured by real-life ghost hunters, including images and EVPs, and investigate the museum on your own. For ages 18 and over. The cost is $20 ($10 for Friends of the Museums members).
Woven Witch Hat Workshop: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 15. Participants will weave a Halloween decoration. This witch hat is woven on a wire frame using black reed. Included are the witch’s legs and feet to hang from the bottom of the hat and ribbon. Perfect for the front door or a wall. The cost is $55, plus a $12 supply fee. Pre-registration required.
Wet Felted Pumpkin Workshop: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 20. Learn the basics of wet felting wool fibers in this fun, soapy class. Each participant will be able to make at least 3 small pumpkins. No experience necessary, all supplies included. The cost is $40 plus a $10 supply fee. Pre-registration required.
Programs at Public Craft Brewing
PUBLIC Education: What is that? Museum edition: 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18. Grab a beer and think hard as you explore interesting artifacts from the museum’s collections. This interactive game show-style program will put you and your friends in the hot seat as you try to guess the object’s identity and function before the other teams. Will you emerge victorious? For adults 21 and over. Cost is $25 ($15 for Friends of Museums members) and includes a beer. Held at Public Craft Brewing Co., 628 58th St.
PUBLIC Education: Dinosaur Birds and Bees, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 15. How the dinosaurs, well, you know… Dinosaurs survived on our planet for hundreds of millions of years. That’s a lot of generations of dinosaurs and baby dinosaurs. But how did these huge reptiles do it? Join us to talk about prehistoric birds and bees, to learn what we know about dinosaur sexuality, courtship, and nesting and parenting behavior. For adults 21 and over. Cost is $25 ($15 for Friends of Museums members) and includes a beer. Held at Public Craft Brewing Co., 628 58th St.
Art Afternoon: 2-4 p.m. select Fridays at the Kenosha Public Museum. Attendees will explore the amazing world of art through the eyes of artists and see how their works can inspire yours. Try new techniques and unleash your creativity. All materials included. For 5-6 year olds and 7-10 year olds. Free entry. Advance registration is required, but attendees can show up anytime from 2-4 p.m. October 14, relief print; November 18, painting of autumn trees; December 9, watercolor snowflakes.
Resource Center Family Activity Days: 1-3 p.m. select Saturdays at the Civil War Museum. Admission is free and open to the public. October 29: Apple Cider Press Day. Learn how to make apple cider by hand. Do you have the strength to make this still popular drink? November 12: Candle making day. When the days got shorter and the nights got longer during the Civil War, candles were important for light and warmth. Handcraft your own beeswax candle to take home.
Sensory Friends Days: Visitors of all ages with complex developmental disabilities, sensory sensitivities, or on the autism spectrum are provided with a safe and comfortable environment to explore museum exhibits during special early morning hours before the museum opens to the general public. Where possible, lights are dimmed and sound muted. Trained staff are available to help visitors navigate the museum and offer supportive resources (noise-canceling headphones, restlessness, weighted blankets, quiet spaces), as well as opportunities for sensory engagement as you explore the museum. JSessions are from 9-10 a.m. Saturday, October 15 at the Kenosha Public Museum; 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Civil War Museum; and 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 10 at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum.
Munchkins Museum: 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Public Museum. Get your preschoolers excited about science and the world around them. Each week, they will discover a different animal from the museum’s collection through songs, stories and activities. The subjects are: October 5, Potoos; October 12, crows; October 19, spiders; October 26, bats. November 2, Vaquita; November 9, star-nosed mole; November 16, gorillas; November 23, turkeys; November 30, Whale sharks. December 7, walruses; December 14, penguins; December 21, Rennes; December 28, polar bears.
Civil War Museum Lectures
Brother Joseph Dutton: Badger Soldier, Sinner, Saint: noon Friday, October 14. Brother Joseph Dutton, was born Ira Dutton in Storrs, Vermont, and grew up in Janesville. He served throughout the Civil War in 13th Wisconsin, rising from quartermaster sergeant to lieutenant and district quartermaster. Then he went to Molokai Island Hawaii and spent 44 years serving the leper colony.
The Civil War Nursing Service of Sister Anthony O’Connell and the Cincinnati Sisters of Charity: 11 a.m. to noon Friday, November 11. Sister Anthony O’Connell, an Irish Catholic immigrant, entered a religious community when she was barely out of her teens and spent her life serving in Catholic-sponsored ministries. Her work in hospitals in Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky as a US Army nurse during the Civil War earned her fame and the undying admiration of the soldiers she treated.