Racine Heritage Museum
701 Main Street, Racine, WI 53403 - United States
The Racine Heritage Museum offers something for everyone to discover! While experiencing the gracious Renaissance Revival style of this one-time Carnegie Library building, visitors learn in a family friendly atmosphere about Racine County’s pioneering settlers and immigrant groups, the county-wide Underground Railroad network, Racine’s early history as a thriving Great Lakes commercial port, and discover our Mummy! Encounter Racine County sports stars in the Sports Hall of Fame (the first at-bat in the first World Series was a Racine County boy) and visit the Archives Research Center (10a.m.-1p.m.) to search for your own history.
RACINE COUNTY: FACTORY FOR THE WORLD
Horlick’s Malted Milk, food mixers, military tanks, Little Golden Books and floor polish share a common thread that Racine County folks know and are proud of; all were produced (and some invented) right here in southeastern Wisconsin.
Highlighting the County’s 20th century manufacturing and industrial mix, Racine County: Factory for the World tells stories of inventive and hardworking local folks who responded to national and global events with manufactured and agricultural goods.
THIS TRAIN IS BOUND FOR GLORY: RACINE COUNTY’S UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
Racine County was a hotbed of abolitionist activity during the years leading to the Civil War, and the eyes of the nation were upon our community. Uncover Racine County’s Underground Railroad: secret hiding places, narrow escapes – a community spurred to action. These stories are brought to life with lots of artifacts, images, and interactive Underground Railroad role-playing activity.
The exhibit also features stories of Racine County during and after the Civil War, exploring the impact of our abolitionist legacy through more contemporary stories of Civil Rights, housing and education.
Explore Racine’s early history as a thriving Great Lakes commercial port. Featuring Fred Martin drawings, harbor development, North Beach, the county’s waterways, lighthouses and more! Waterways offers an in-depth look at the rich maritime history of the area.
RACINE COUNTY SPORTS HALL OF FAME
For generations, numerous Racine County people have earned the pride of their hometown through their athletic excellence and sportsmanship. The Racine County Sports Hall of Fame celebrates the achievements of individuals that are inducted with a major community event each year. The exhibit includes interactive video stations that feature insightful biographies on each inductee; loads of artifacts and photographic content, and the remarkable story of sports and their importance in Racine County’s history.
AND MUCH MORE
Discover the career-spanning work of celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright; appreciate the unique spirit of our community through stories of remarkable individuals like astronaut Laurel Clark and the waves of immigration that enrich our diverse and inventive community.
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