Historical Society's 'Museums for All' program sees growing need during pandemic

April 01, 2021
 
 

Historical Society's 'Museums for All' program sees growing need during pandemic

 
The past year has demonstrated the great need for museum access—not only for those seeking a safe place to explore but also a space where financial barriers are removed. The Manitowoc County Historical Society has been a participant in the Institute of Museum and Library Services initiative “Museums for All” for 3 years. Although guest attendance was decreased due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the museum had over 20 families take part in the initiative during the past year and was able to assist 8 additional families in reduced program fees through scholarships.
 
Access for Everyone programs serve our community by providing a place for all guests to explore, build curiosity, and connect with their families —regardless of barriers. The Manitowoc County Historical Society’s Access Program increases accessibility to learning resources and programs for low-income families or families and individuals in certain programs—including Foster Care and Head Start. A full list of eligibility requirements can be found on the historical society's website at
ManitowocCountyHistory.org/access.
 
The $1 Access Admission program removes financial barriers, allowing families to engage in exploring the stories of our past at the Manitowoc County Historical Society. This admission rate is available every day the museum is open, to families that qualify for Family Access Memberships. The Museums for All program also includes a Family Access Membership level. This special membership allows for a family to experience 12-months of living history for a free or reduced cost.
 
A special feature of the Access program at the Manitowoc County Historical Society is the Access Scholarship Fund, which provides a waiver of fees for those expressing a need to take part in our Create-Connect Workshop Series or Youth Summer Camp. The mission is to share the stories and traditions of our past, regardless of someone’s financial ability to pay the required fee. Individuals and families can request their fee to be waived (either partially or fully) through sponsorship funds in our Access program.
 
Donations can also be made to the Museums for All Access Fund on membership forms and by making a financial gift to the museum at any time.
 
For more information about the Museums for All initiative and eligibility requirements, please visit our website at
ManitowocCountyHistory.org/access.
 
 
 
About the Manitowoc County Historical Society
Nestled in the scenic rolling Ice Age Kettle Moraine countryside of Eastern Wisconsin, the Manitowoc County Historical Society is a museum of living history. This 60-acre interpretive museum of local history features a Welcome Center with local history exhibits and research services and the outdoor Pinecrest Historical Village - a collection of over 25 historic buildings with period furnishings from Manitowoc County's early settlers. 
 
Pinecrest Historical Village began in 1970 with a land donation from the Hugo and Eleanor Vetting family.  The Village has grown to represent a reproduction of a small Wisconsin community during the early 1900s. The buildings form the commercial, social, and political core of a town and they represent several architectural styles of Wisconsin's history. The furnishings, items, and tools in the various buildings used by the Pinecrest Village interpreters are either original pieces or carefully researched reproductions. 

For more information on the Manitowoc County Historical Society, contact the museum at (920) 684-4445 or
ManitowocCountyHistory.org