In the modern era of global commerce, slogans like Buy Local, Shop Small, and Locally Grown are a regular part of advertising campaigns. But over a century ago, the Sheboygan Association of Commerce was already promoting the concept. In 1915, the group adopted the motto Say It—Sheboygan Makes It for an extensive campaign to showcase local manufacturers and businesses, while encouraging residents to purchase locally made goods.
From vehicles to home furnishings and food to clothing, generations of farmers, manufacturers, and businesses in Sheboygan County have crafted products bearing the tag “Made in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin.” These products have provided an easy means for residents to support the area economy, but have also made local companies world-wide names.
Experience over one hundred years of incredible Buy Local in our feature exhibition Say It, We Made It: A Century of Buy Local from July 18 thru October 22, 2022. Showcasing a variety of personal and household objects, all with Sheboygan County origins, Say It, We Made It will explore the wide array of Sheboygan County products, and the innovation and influence of locally made goods on the world.
The exhibit is included with regular Museum admission – $9 Adults; $7 Seniors (62+)/ Active Military; $5 Ages 6 – 17; Free Ages 5 & under; Free Museum Members. Museum hours are Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.