Spirit of Racine Entrepreneurs Exhibit

Spirit of Racine Entrepreneurs Exhibit Exhibit celebrating the rich entrepreneurial history of the Racine Wagon & Carriage Company/Sattley building/Racine Industrial Plant & Racine Business Center. Opened by appointment.

Spirit of Racine Entrepreneurs Exhibit celebrates the rich manufacturing history of the country's first business incubator located at Racine Business Center, also known as the Sattley building. The original building was built in the 1860's for Racine Wagon & Carriage Company. They merged with Sattley Manufacturing Co. in 1903 and became the Racine-Sattley Co. The last addition to the 12 acre campus was added in 1905. At one time there were 900 employees turning out over 50,000 wagons a year. In 1914 the owners opened up the building to other manufacturing companies when the wagon industry went into a downturn. In 1916 they changed the name to Racine Industrial Plant and became the first business incubator housing industries over the years such as Modine Manufacturing, D.W. Davies, Dumore, Webster Electric, Metalworld, Wheary Trunk, and Scan-O-Matic, to name a few. The name was changed to Racine Business Center in 1990 to better reflect the diversity of its entrepreneurs. Over the years a vibrant artist community has grown alongside the various businesses, becoming the 16th St. Studios. The Exhibit consists of items manufactured within the building over its 150 year history.

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Modine - History

Modine got his start in our building. So could you! "His (A.B. Modine) first factory was a 10,000 square-foot rented space in the Sattley Building in Racine. Today, Modine employs nearly 3,000 employees and operates 16 manufacturing plants. He was one of the co-founders of Twin disc, Inc..." http://www.modine.com/web/about-modine/history.htm#.U6rxkkB_RK8

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06/18/2014

We recently had a visit from the Wisconsin Historical Foundation. Call 637.3958 to schedule your tour of the Spirit of Racine Entrepreneurs Exhibit. Stay for lunch at Chez Bob's located in the historic Racine Business Center.

04/09/2014

Schedule a tour at the exhibit and a lunch at Chez Bob's, a full service restaurant located in the heart of the Racine Business Center.

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As you zip down 16th Street in Racine, heading east toward downtown or west to the mall, it’s easy to pass by the Racine Business Center without giving it a second thought. The name says it all, right? Well, not quite.

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OPEN HOUSE - SPIRIT OF RACINE ENTREPRENEURS EXHIBIT - 10:00 until 2:00 Please join me on Thursday, FEBRUARY 28th, for another "Spirit of Racine Entrepreneur Exhibit" open house. The exhibit is located in the historic Racine Business Center (formerly, Racine Industrial Plant), at 1405 16th St. The museum highlights companies, such as Modine, Dumore, Webster Electric, Wheary Trunk, and many others who once manufactured products here in the country's first business incubator. Help us celebrate over 150 years of entrepreneurial history, beginning with the Racine Wagon & Carriage Company. Other items on display include old Blandin phonographs, an 1880's sleigh, an original buggy made by the Racine Sattley Co., and many other historical items pertaining to our rich industrial history. Check out our original 1858 map of Racine, our "bird's eye view" map from 1883, an original 1860 print of Racine's harbor, and many more old maps as well as old Racine city directories. Chez Bob's will also be serving lunch. I'll be there, along with a few other Racine historians, so stop by and say hello. Other historical Racine items include old Racine circus posters, toy riding horses, over 150 brass candy molds, many old Racine factory scene prints, Gold Medal furniture products and so much more! See you there!
OPEN HOUSE Please join us for an open house on Thursday, February 28th, from 10:00 until 2:00. There will be many items on display that were once made in this building, including an old buggy, an old sleigh, old phonographs, toy hobby riding horses, brass candy molds, many old Racine maps and city directories, and many other products made in the nation's first business incubator. Companies such as Webster Electric, Dumore, Modine, Wheary Luggage, Gold Medal, and many others will be represented. Come join us for a day filled with memories and history!
Local historian Jim Mercier graciously shared his collection of circus and carnival posters from the 1930s to the '60s at today's 16th Street Studios Open House. It's great fun to think of the excitement that these entertainment artifacts must have generated years ago.
OPEN HOUSE - SPIRIT OF RACINE ENTREPRENEUR EXHIBIT Please join us on Saturday, December 2nd., for our annual "Spirit of Racine Entrepreneur Exhibit" open house. The exhibit is located in the historic Racine Business Center (formerly, Racine Industrial Plant), and is in conjunction with the "16th St. Studios" open house. The Racine Business Center is located at 1405 16th St. Hours are from 11:00 until 4:00. The exhibit highlights companies, such as Modine, Dumore, Webster Electric, Wheary Trunk, and many others who manufactured products here in the country's first business incubator. Help us celebrate over 150 years of entrepreneurial history, beginning with the Racine Wagon & Carriage Company. Other items on display include old Blandin phonographs, an 1880's sleigh, an original buggy made by the Racine Sattley Co., and many other historical items pertaining to our rich industrial history. Check out our original 1858 map of Racine, our "bird's eye view" map from 1883, an original 1860 print of Racine's harbor, and many others. We also have many old Racine city directories on display, dating back to the teens (see if your ancestors are listed, and where they lived) . Chez Bob's will be serving lunch. I'll be there all day, so stop on in and say hello. Other Racine historians will also be stopping by. So, mark you calendars, and plan for an eventful day! Enjoy wandering through this immense building, while checking out the many studios that will be open. See you then...
OPEN HOUSE - SPIRIT OF RACINE ENTREPRENEUR EXHIBIT Please join on Saturday, December 2nd., for our annual "Spirit of Racine Entrepreneur Exhibit" open house. The exhibit is located in the historic Racine Business Center (formerly, Racine Industrial Plant), and is in conjunction with the "16th St. Studios" open house. The Racine Business Center is located at 1405 16th St. Hours are from 11:00 until 4:00. The exhibit highlights companies, such as Modine, Dumore, Webster Electric, Wheary Trunk, and many others who manufactured products here in the country's first business incubator. Help us celebrate over 150 years of entrepreneurial history, beginning with the Racine Wagon & Carriage Company. Other items on display include old Blandin phonographs, an 1880's sleigh, an original buggy made by the Racine Sattley Co., and many other historical items pertaining to our rich industrial history. Check out our original 1858 map of Racine, our "bird's eye view" map from 1883, an original 1860 print of Racine's harbor, and many others. We also have many old Racine city directories on display, dating back to the teens (see if your ancestors are listed, and where they lived) . Chez Bob's will be serving lunch. I'll be there all day, so stop on in and say hello. Other Racine historians will also be stopping by. So, mark you calendars, and plan for an eventful day! Enjoy wandering through this immense building, while checking out the many studios that will be open. See you then...
OPEN HOUSE - SPIRIT OF RACINE ENTREPRENEUR EXHIBIT Please join on Saturday, December 2nd., for our annual "Spirit of Racine Entrepreneur Exhibit" open house. The exhibit is located in the historic Racine Business Center (formerly, Racine Industrial Plant), and is in conjunction with the "16th St. Studios" open house. The Racine Business Center is located at 1405 16th St. Hours are from 11:00 until 4:00. The exhibit highlights companies, such as Modine, Dumore, Webster Electric, Wheary Trunk, and many others who manufactured products here in the country's first business incubator. Help us celebrate over 150 years of entrepreneurial history, beginning with the Racine Wagon & Carriage Company. Other items on display include old Blandin phonographs, an 1880's sleigh, an original buggy made by the Racine Sattley Co., and many other historical items pertaining to our rich industrial history. Check out our original 1858 map of Racine, our "bird's eye view" map from 1883, an original 1860 print of Racine's harbor, and many others. We also have many old Racine city directories on display, dating back to the teens (see if your ancestors are listed, and where they lived) . Chez Bob's will be serving lunch. I'll be there all day, so stop on in and say hello. Other Racine historians will also be stopping by. So, mark you calendars, and plan for an eventful day! Enjoy wandering through this immense building, while checking out the many studios that will be open. See you then...
OPEN HOUSE - SPIRIT OF RACINE ENTREPRENEUR EXHIBIT Please join on Saturday, December 2nd., for our annual "Spirit of Racine Entrepreneur Exhibit" open house. The exhibit is located in the historic Racine Business Center (formerly, Racine Industrial Plant), and is in conjunction with the "16th St. Studios" open house. The Racine Business Center is located at 1405 16th St. Hours are from 11:00 until 4:00. The exhibit highlights companies, such as Modine, Dumore, Webster Electric, Wheary Trunk, and many others who manufactured products here in the country's first business incubator. Help us celebrate over 150 years of entrepreneurial history, beginning with the Racine Wagon & Carriage Company. Other items on display include old Blandin phonographs, an 1880's sleigh, an original buggy made by the Racine Sattley Co., and many other historical items pertaining to our rich industrial history. Check out our original 1858 map of Racine, our "bird's eye view" map from 1883, an original 1860 print of Racine's harbor, and many others. We also have many old Racine city directories on display, dating back to the teens (see if your ancestors are listed, and where they lived) . Chez Bob's will be serving lunch. I'll be there all day, so stop on in and say hello. Other Racine historians will also be stopping by. So, mark you calendars, and plan for an eventful day! Enjoy wandering through this immense building, while checking out the many studios that will be open. See you then...