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Second Saturdays began its new season in September. 

All presentations begin at 9:30am.


September 9, 2017  -  On The Home Front, WWI

Location: Plymouth Arts Center, 520 East Mill Street, Plymouth, WI  53073   (920) 892-8409
Guest Speaker: Michael Jacobs

​​Patriotism surged in America after our entry into WWI in the spring of 1917. Volunteerism efforts not only boosted morale at home and abroad, but also provided necessary financial and manpower support for the war effort. Mike will take us back to the years of WWI.


October 14, 2017 -  Thousand-Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail
Location: Plymouth Arts Center, 520 East Mill Street, Plymouth, WI  53073
(920) 892-8409
Guest Speaker: Melanie McManus

​In thirty-six thrilling days, Melanie Radzicki McManus hiked 1,100 miles around Wisconsin, landing her in the elite group of Ice Age Trail thru-hikers known as Thousand-Milers. In prose that is alternately harrowing and humorous, McManus takes you with her on an "into-the-wild" Ice Age experience through Wisconsin's forests, prairies, wetlands, farms, and far-flung small towns. Author and elite thru-hiker, Melanie McManus, will discuss her debut memoir, Thousand-Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail, and how she accomplished the fastest women's Ice Age thru-hike.


November 11, 2017  -  The Land
Location: Plymouth Arts Center, 520 East Mill Street, Plymouth, WI  53073
(920) 892-8409
Guest Speaker: Jerry Apps

Join the author and historian for a walk in the woods, as he passes along lessons gleaned from listening to the land. With wit and wisdom inherited from his father on their Midwestern farm, Apps recalls stories that unite the generations.

December 9, 2017  -  Three Generations of Milwaukee's Pabst Family & Mansions of Milwaukee's Prospect Avenue
Location: Plymouth Arts Center, 520 East Mill Street, Plymouth, WI  53083
(920) 892-8409
Guest Speaker: John Eastberg

​A look at the magnificent mansions of Milwaukee's Prospect Avenue and the stories they tell. Rare historical photographs presented by Pabst Mansion Senior Historian, John Eastberg, with lively discussion that is sure to follow. He'll also take us through the first three generation of the Joseph Pabst family, with all their talents and quirks.


January 13, 2018  -  The Hidden History Behind Charles Dickens Writing "A Christmas Carol."
Location: Plymouth Arts Center, 520 East Mill Street, Plymouth, WI  53083
(920) 892-8409
Guest Speaker: Rochelle Pennington

​A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, is as much part of the holiday celebration as the holly and mistletoe. But whereas "A Christmas Carol" (written in 1843) is one of the most familiar works in all of literature, everyone knows the tale of the elderly miser Ebenezer Scrooge being haunted into generosity and Christmas cheer, the tale is largely misunderstood. Rochelle will take us behind the scenes to the real intent of this lasting story.


February 10, 2018  -  Anything and Everything Wade House
Location: Plymouth Arts Center, 520 East Mill Street, Plymouth, WI  53083
(920) 892-8409
Guest Speaker: Jim Willaert

Wade House Curator of Interpretation and curator of the Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, Jim Willeart will discuss the Wade House site focus on the hotel, but also celebrates the world of plank roads and stagecoach transport, horse-drawn travel and a mid-1800s Wisconsin settlement.  Jim will take us back in time, highlight the Wade House historic site's growth and accomplishments and talk about the crazy stories that also accompany the real history of this amazing site.


March 10, 2018  -  The 75th Anniversary of the U.S.S. Cobia and much more.
Location: Plymouth Arts Center, 520 East Mill Street, Plymouth, WI  53083
(920) 892-8409
Guest Speaker: Matthew Kadow

Moored along the Manitowoc River, adjacent to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, is the World War II fleet submarine USS Cobia (SS-245). Cobia has local and national significance as an icon of Wisconsin's shipbuilding heritage. It will celebrate its 75th anniversary of launch in 2018. Matthew, Education Programs Coordinator at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum will bring the launch of the Cobia to life, and bring us up to speed on the other amazing things happening in Manitowoc.


April 14, 2018  -  This Storied River, A Tour of the Upper Mississippi River
Location: Plymouth Arts Center, 520 East Mill Street, Plymouth, WI  53085
(920) 892 - 8409
Guest Speaker:  Dennis McCann

Long-time journalist Dennis McCann takes us on an intimate tour of the Upper Mississippi River -- from Dubuque, Iowa, to the Minnesota headwaters, and dozens of places in between. Far more than a travel guide, "This Storied River" celebrates the Upper Mississippi's colorful history and the unique role the river has played in shaping the Midwest. McCann explores the stories of people and places linked by the Mighty Mississippi's past, informed by newspaper accounts, local historical society documents, and the shoe-leather research of an experienced reporter with a deep love for his subject. Each chapter includes a short list of must-see sites for the modern-day explorer. 


May 12, 2018  -  Wisconsin Supper Club Cookbook and Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club 
Location: Plymouth Arts Center, 520 East Mill Street, Plymouth, WI  53085
(920) 892-8409
Guest Speakers:  Mary Bergin and Holly DeRuyter

​The supper club is a tradition and now somewhat of a phenomenon found in the Upper Midwestern states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Iowa. They are so retro that they are coming back in to vogue. Travel through the Badger State with Mary and discover what made these supper clubs and the iconic fare stand the test of time. With more than 60 recipes from 40 supper clubs, Wisconsin Supper Club Cookbook will uncover the secrets to the food and the drinks that keep people coming back to these landmark eateries any time of the day. Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club - the film - will take us into this uniquely Wisconsin institution.

 



 


 


 
 


 

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Second Saturdays- JOURNEYS INTO LOCAL HISTORY

Second Saturdays is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin. ​


Second Saturdays- Journeys Into Local History is made possible by a donation from the John and Hilda Holden Memorial Fund.