August 10, 2006

Around Wisconsin

Kids Get in Free to All Wisconsin Historic Sites in August!

Let August become a month of exploration and discovery for you and your family! That's when the Wisconsin Historical Society's nine Wisconsin historic sites open their doors - absolutely free - to kids 12 and under. What an opportunity for families to discover the past together while exploring places all over this beautiful state where history actually happened. With back-to-school days just ahead, that makes August the time to spend some quality family time together in a journey through the past. The "Kids Get in Free" offer (not valid with other promotional offers) provides free admission for kids 12 and under, accompanied by an adult, at these Wisconsin historic sites.

Old World Wisconsin

Nature Valley Grand PrixOld World Wisconsin, just south of Eagle in Waukesha County, re-creates the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era, allowing kids to explore the past with their own senses - no long reading assignment required!

H.H. Bennett Studio & History Center in Wisconsin Dells engrosses visitors with the story of the man who made the Wisconsin Dells famous by popularizing the town as a tourism destination with his magnificent landscape photos of the rugged dells of the Wisconsin River.

Circus World in Baraboo

Nature Valley Grand PrixCircus World in Baraboo will enchant kids of all ages with the simply stupendous feats of Chinese circus acrobats, entertaining Elephant Encounters, the comical antics of Doodles the clown, a magic show, KidsWorld Circus, tours of historic Ringlingville, and much, much more.

Wade House in Greenbush, midway between Fond du Lac and Sheboygan, immerses visitors in the lives and times of Civil War-era Wisconsinites during the 1860s (offer not valid at Wade House during its annual Wild West Show, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26-27).

First Capitol in Belmont, the birthplace of Wisconsin territorial government, always offers free admission for children and adults alike.


Stonefield, just north of Cassville, delves into Wisconsin's railroading history during "Railroad Days" on Saturday, Aug. 19, when the 1900s-era farming village and farmstead will be abuzz with railroading activities and displays, including model railroading trains and an end-of-the-line hobo camp.

Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien welcomes you to the world of Victorian America through the mansion's authentically restored rooms that overlook the site of the only battle of the War of 1812 fought in Wisconsin - the battle of Prairie du Chien.

Madeline Island Historical Museum

Nature Valley Grand PrixMadeline Island Historical Museum in La Pointe explores more than three centuries of Wisconsin history beginning with the island's days as the Ojibwe people's spiritual homeland, meandering through the advent of European exploration and the fur trade, and into the early 20th century when travelers and tourists discovered the island.

Pendarvis in Mineral Point, once the heart of the territorial lead mining boom that brought Cornish miners to the region in droves, re-creates the tenor of those times with its quaint stone-and-log cottages, a restored prairie walk, and the rugged Merry Christmas Mine hill.

So make the most of summer this August. Pack up the kids and give them a free and fun-filled historical adventure they will always remember - at Wisconsin's historic sites. Visit the Wisconsin Historical Society for more on these and other places, and we'll see you Around Wisconsin!

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Events in Wisconsin

August 9-10 Bowler - Mohican Nation Pow Wow. 27th annual Pow-Wow honoring all veterans. Many Trails Campground. For information call (715) 793-4270.
August 11-13 Cobb - Cobb Corn Roast. Fastpitch ball games, volleyball, midway, food, music, & dance. Parade, sweet corn and chicken on Sunday only. Scheper Park.
August 12 Hurley - Paavo Nurmi Marathon. The State's longest running marathon features a challenging, beautiful backwoods course. Info call (866) 340-4334.
August 20 Whitehall - Top of the World Bike Tour. A bike tour of 15, 23 or 40 miles. For info (715) 538-2168.
August 18-20 Baraboo - Badger Steam & Gas Engine Show. Food, flea market, arts & crafts, and entertainment. S3347 Sand Rd. 8AM-5PM. Call (608) 522-4905.

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