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 Kohler Foundation, the Hayssen Foundation and SCHRC Legacy member Sandy Mahlich.
Second Saturdays began its latest season in September.
All presentations begin at 9:30am.
All programs held at the Plymouth Arts Center, 520 East Mill Street, Plymouth, WI
February 9, 2019 - Sheboygan Symphony, 100th Anniversary
The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra is the oldest continually active orchestra in the State of Wisconsin, performing concerts since 1918. The Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts is home to our Symphony. The day will be about history and music. There should be some surprises for you. This is a great introduction to one of our cultural treasures.
March 9, 2019 - Grohman Museum at MSOE
James Kieselberg, Director
Grohmann Museum, the home to the world’s most comprehensive art collection dedicated to the evolution of human work. The museum opened in 2007 and is located on the campus of MSOE in downtown Milwaukee.
The Grohmann Museum Collection contains over 1300 European and American paintings, sculptures and works on paper that depict various forms of work. Captured on canvas and paper or cast in bronze, the works reflect a variety of artistic styles and subjects that document the evolution of organized work, from manpower and horsepower to water, steam and electric power. The collection spans over 400 years of history (17-21st centuries).
Join James as he introduces us to a little known treasure in our back yard.
April 13, 2019 - Hope is the Things With Feathers
Joel Greenberg, author and birder extraordinaire
Hope is the Things With Feathers: Americans and Three Birds - which gives the history and contrasts the fate of three species, with a focus on the demise of passenger pigeons. Joel has over 30 years of experience working on natural resource related issues in the Midwest. Currently a Research Associate of both the Chicago Academy of Sciences Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the Field Museum, he is the author of several books, including the first history of the Passenger Pigeon in over fifty years, A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction. In addition to the book, Greenberg co-produced, along with director David Mrazek, the award winning documentary “From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction.”
May 11, 2019 - Black Point Estate and Gardens
Dave Desimone , Director
Black Point Estate & Gardens overlooking Geneva Lake, was the summer home for Chicago business mogul Conrad Seipp and four generations of his descendants. It is the Wisconsin Historical Society’s newest site.
Step back into the slow-churned, 1900s lakeside lifestyle at one of Wisconsin's newest museums, Black Point Mansion on Geneva Lake.
The Geneva tour boat takes visitors to the well-maintained south shore relic. From there, you climb the steps to the secluded estate built in 1888, insulated by a dense forest. For a moment, the trees silence the lake's melody of wave runners and weekend cruisers, and just the birds and crickets hum at the old Queen Anne style home.
Black Point Mansion was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994 for its immaculate preservation over the past 120 years, and just last summer it was made a museum. Inside and outside, the original owner's heirs barely touched it. Finally, after a decade-long legal debate on what to do with this Wisconsin time capsule, owner Bill Petersen was able to fulfill his mother's wishes to have her home transformed into a museum.
Director, Dave Desimone will take us on a virtual tour of this wonderful property.