August COVID-19 Update
This morning, August 4, Sheboygan County Health and Human Services, in accordance with suggestions from the CDC, issued a new mask recommendation for all County owned and leased facilities. They strongly recommend masks be worn by all people, vaccinated or not, while inside a County facility.
As you may or may not be aware, the museum buildings are owned by Sheboygan County and the Historical Society has a lease agreement with the County. While we are not a department of the County, we do have to follow their recommendations due to our unique relationship. You can read more on the topic in the press release they issued yesterday afternoon.
While this is not what we expected, we will work through this situation as well. Our primary concern is the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers and guests. We are continuing with our normal operating hours and upcoming events and hope that the situation with the pandemic continue to not deteriorate. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow any guidelines put forth by the County Health and Human Services Department.
We appreciate your understanding and continued support of the Sheboygan County Historical Society.
August 4, 2021
An Important Message from Executive Director Travis Gross: Holiday Memories Updates
With the support of the Board of Directors, I have decided to cancel in-person Holiday Memories for 2020. Due to the caseload of COVID-19 in the county and beyond, I feel we cannot host this event safely for our staff, volunteers and guests. We are also adhering to the recommendations from our State and County authorities that currently do not recommend large group gatherings. Although the staff and myself developed a plan we felt was strong, there is no back-up plan if any of the staff or few volunteers would miss time due to illness or quarantine. The plan works only if we have full staffing.
Even though we are cancelling in-person visitation, the staff and myself have already started discussing virtual events we can host throughout December to highlight the Prange’s animation, Bruce the Spruce and the wonderfully decorated Taylor House, as well as continue to develop the virtual content we already had planned such as Storytime with Santa and Children’s Crafts with Chloe the Craft Elf. This will be a wonderful opportunity for us to creatively offer new programs and a unique experience. Please watch for further announcements of these special virtual events and videos to come soon!
I am truly saddened by this decision and I did not come to it easily. But at the end of the day what matters most is the health and well-being of our community. Holiday Memories is meant to be cheerful and fun and that is how I want all to remember it this year, even if we cannot offer it in the tradition of years past.
Thank you for your continued interest and support of your Sheboygan County Historical Society and Museum.
October COVID-19 Update
With the new suggestion from Sheboygan County and the Health Department in regards to the recent resurgence of COVID-19, the museum will be closed until further notice. We want all involved with the museum and those considering a visit to remain safe and healthy, we do not want to further exasperate the resurgence by allowing contact with others.
As the County alert stated, we are all in this together. Let’s all do our part in reducing this resurgence. The better we do now the sooner we’ll be through this.
Thank you for your continued interest and support of your Sheboygan County Historical Society.
October 7, 2020
June COVID-19 Update
I am cautiously happy to announce we have completed our preparations for re-opening the museum! We are planning to re-open to the general public on Monday, July 13 at 10:00 AM. We will run our normal operating hours which you can find posted at the bottom of our Home Page. We have developed a plan that is based on opening recommendations from the Wisconsin Department of Health, CDC, WEDC and numerous museum organizations such as the American Alliance of Museums. We have also followed several large museum plans that speak to specific museum issues with re-opening.
We will, however, have a MEMBERS ONLY re-opening on Monday, July 6 at 10:00 AM. The week of July 6 – 11 will be for MEMBERS ONLY, we would like to thank our members for their continued support through the Safer at Home directive and the past several weeks during our preparation time by allowing them time to visit the museum with reduced visitor numbers. We will also be incorporating a 10% discount in our museum store for members. If you are shopping in our store, please heed our suggestions for safe shopping that will be posted at the store entrance and bring your membership card for easy discount application. Thank you all for your continued support during this time, we truly appreciate all of you.
As you enter the museum, you will notice yellow markings on the floors of all our buildings indicating safe distancing. You will also notice yellow arrows on the floor in the buildings that direct you through the exhibits and buildings. We ask all visitors to follow the route to ensure safe distancing. We promise that if you follow the route you will see the entire museum campus. We have also implemented “card only” transactions for the time being, please be aware that we WILL NOT accept cash or check transactions. We have placed several sanitizing stations throughout all the buildings for convenient sanitizing and have also removed all hands-on activities within our exhibits. We have decided to keep our interactive kiosks available which will be cleaned regularly throughout each day we are open. We are also requiring all our visitors three years old and older to wear a mask. If you happen to arrive without one we will have disposable masks available at our welcome desk. WE WILL NOT ALLOW ADMITTANCE WITHOUT A MASK. We believe wearing a mask is one of the best methods to limit the spread of the virus. Please help us in keeping our staff, interns and other visitors as healthy as possible.
Staff will still have the option to work from home and are directed to do so whenever possible. We will alter our custodians schedule so regular sanitizing cleaning can be done daily with the assistance of other staff when required. Our staff and visitor’s health still remains the utmost concern, we will do everything in our abilities to keep the museum clean. If for whatever reason that becomes impossible to maintain, or any other situation occurs that warrants attention, we will close the museum. We do not want to be a part of the problem. But we believe that with our preparations and our visitor’s acceptance of our guidelines we should not have to do so. Let’s remember we are in this together and together is how we will attain our normal lifestyles once again.
The staff at SCHSM is looking forward to welcoming our members and visitors back to the museum, but understand that some will not be ready to visit. We wholeheartedly support you in your decision. We want everyone to be happy and safe during these historic times. Know that we will be waiting to say ‘hello’ whenever you come back.
In the meantime, please consider a donation to the Society. It would be greatly appreciated and helpful in continuing to achieve our mission. You can donate here by visiting our About Us menu item.
Thank you for your continued interest and support of your Sheboygan County Historical Society.
June 25, 2020
MISSION STATEMENT: The Sheboygan County Historical Society has as its primary mission to collect, preserve, and educate about the history of Sheboygan County.
February 1 to October 31: Monday – Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM; Saturday, 10 AM to 3 PM
Holiday Memories (Day after Thanksgiving to December 30): Monday & Tuesday, Noon to 7 PM; Wednesday – Friday, Noon to 5 PM, Saturday & Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM
Bus and Group Tours – Additional Hours Available. Call to find out more or schedule!
Admission: Adult (18+) – $9. Reduced rates Seniors, Active Military and children. Members – Free
We are a Blue Star Museum: Free admission to the nation’s active duty personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Board of Directors
|Paul Rudnick – President||Petra Boldt|
|Robert Ziegelbauer -1st Vice President||Kaitlin Deschane|
|James Olson – 2nd Vice President||Margaret Heyn|
|Carol Kolzow -Secretary||Dr. Patrick Marsho|
|Kenneth Ristow – Treasurer||William Moir|
|Travis Gross – Museum Executive Director||Nord Larson|
|John Van der Vaart|
|Calvin Wheeler – Honorary|
|Executive Director||Travis Gross||Contact the Director|
|Administrative Assistant||Susan Barnett||Contact the Assistant|
|Curator of Collections & Exhibits||Tamara Lange||Contact the Curator|
|Education Liaison||Dale Robson||Contact the Liaison|
|Education Program Development||Angela Hullin||Contact The Developer|
|Education Supply Manager||
|Contact The Manager|
|Program Coordinator||Chloe Seider||Contact the Coordinator|
|Maintenance||Kiyohe E. Lopez|
February 1 - October 31
Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 5 PM
Saturday, 10 AM - 3 PM
Friday After Thanksgiving - December 30
Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Monday & Tuesday, Noon - 7 PM
Wednesday - Sunday, Noon - 5 PM
Additional Hours Available for Bus & Group Tours
$9 - Adults
$7 - Senior Citizens and Active Military
$5 - Children 6 - 17
FREE - Children 5 and under and Society Members