Historical Society's Pinecrest Village set to open for Summer 2021 Season on May 15

April 15, 2021
The Manitowoc County Historical Society's McAllister House Welcome Center and the historic structures of Pinecrest Historical Village will open for the 2021 Summer Season on Saturday, May 15. Summer hours will be Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm. The summer season will run through September 30.

The new summer season will also include 3 new structures for guests to experience. The 1900 Meeme Poll House celebrated a virtual opening last September and is complete with voting booths and biographies of local political leaders. The circa 1855 Meeme Livery Stable brings to life the stagecoach era and agricultural heritage of our community with antique farm equipment and processes.  The Krueger Sawmill structure has been completed by the Mid-Lakes Rustic Iron Club.

Guests will also be able to learn the behind-the-scenes restoration stories of the treasured buildings that create our Pinecrest Village with a new audio tour to debut for the 2021 Summer Season. The new “Creating Our Story” audio tour will help to celebrate the strong 50 year-tradition of our Pinecrest Village with information on where the structures came from, their relocation journeys, and the efforts to bring them to new life. Research was compiled over the past 2 years and the audio segments were recently recorded by WOMT Radio host Lee Douglas. Guests wishing to take part in the “Creating Our Story” audio tour will receive a hand-held audio device when they arrive for a tour at our front desk at the McAllister House Welcome Center. The tour is self-guided and by pressing a button at each location, you will hear the
buildings’ unique restoration story.
The “Creating Our Story” audio tour is one of 3 self-guided daily tour options for guests. All audio tour options are included with daily admission to the museum. Additional audio tour options also include:
  • Classic “Voices of the Past”: Follow a first-person portrayal of someone who lived or worked in our historic structures that make up Pinecrest Village.
  • Family Seek and Find: Get your family in tow for this hands-on scavenger hunt experience through the historic structures of Pinecrest Village. Through various stations, your family will be met with challenges or puzzles to uncover as you travel through the recreated community.
The Manitowoc County Historical Society will continue to monitor recommendations from the CDC regarding gathering and safety precautions. Updates will be made on the museum's website and with notices posted at the McAllister House Welcome Center. 

Any areas of the Museum where it is difficult to maintain social distance or cleanliness will be closed. This includes our Children’s Discovery Village. While this is a favorite destination for our young pioneers, the museum cannot adequately sanitize all the objects in the space after each family’s visit. 

In addition to opening day offerings, Saturday, May 15 will also be Library Card Free Day. Guests of all ages may join the Manitowoc Public Library for a free day at the Manitowoc County Historical Society. Guests can show their MCLS library card to tour the museum at no cost. A story time will be presented at 11 am in Shadyside School by the Manitowoc Public Library.
For updates on upcoming programs and hours of operation, visit ManitowocCountyHistory.org or call (920) 684-4445. 
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