Racine Heritage Museum

Racine Heritage Museum We invite you to join the over 30,000 annual visitors to Racine Heritage Museum, and take advantage of our unique exhibit environment, extensive research resources, and quality educational opportunities.
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Come and visit us!!! Located at: 701 Main Street Racine WI, 53403 (262)-636-3926 E-mail: [email protected] Museum Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm Sunday 12:00pm-4:00pm Closed on Mondays Archive Hours: Tuesday 1:00pm-4:30pm Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm For more information on the museum visit our website.

Mission: The continuous interaction between people and the land generates the special character that is the spirit of a community. With each exhibit and educational program at Racine Heritage Museum, we strive to capture that spirit for a moment, and share something of our unique heritage of exploration and discovery, of innovation and invention, of entrepreneurship, of craftsmanship, and of diversity - the local stories and global impact of Racine's people and their products.

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Get your motors running, race fans! #craigonaroll is at Great Lakes Dragaway, the oldest continuously operating drag str...
08/28/2020

Get your motors running, race fans! #craigonaroll is at Great Lakes Dragaway, the oldest continuously operating drag strip in the nation. He also wants to remind you the the Amazing Race-Scene 3 is barely more than a week away! You definitely should register for that today. Check out our page for the event details! #mrdowntown #cylindricalceleb #dragstrip #greatlakesdragaway #quartermile

We’re at 99 followers on Instagram! Who will be number 100? If it’s YOU, you’ll win a 5-pack of our famous old fashioned...
08/28/2020

We’re at 99 followers on Instagram! Who will be number 100? If it’s YOU, you’ll win a 5-pack of our famous old fashioned candy sticks! 😋#racinehistory #museumstore #100

Racine Heritage Museum
08/20/2020

Racine Heritage Museum

Today #craigonaroll is enjoying lovely Island Park, which was once the site of Racine’s first unofficial “zoo.” In 1923,...
08/20/2020

Today #craigonaroll is enjoying lovely Island Park, which was once the site of Racine’s first unofficial “zoo.” In 1923, Jacob Stoffel Jr., the “Father of the Racine Zoo,” was head of the Racine Parks Commission. He went to Madison and purchased a family of monkeys and donated them to the park board. He also donated a young Virginia deer, some badgers, two gray foxes and two goats. The animals were kept in cages in Island Park until nearby residents complained and plans were made to move the zoo to another location. #mrdowntown #cylindricalceleb

After Monday’s heavy rain required us to do a thorough check of our offsite storage we brought this gem out. This horses...
08/14/2020

After Monday’s heavy rain required us to do a thorough check of our offsite storage we brought this gem out. This horseshoe was worn by Jay-Eye-See, the record setting race horse owned by J.I. Case!

Unveiled in 1943, this Statue of the Lincolns was the first statue made of President Lincoln and Mary Todd together alon...
08/13/2020

Unveiled in 1943, this Statue of the Lincolns was the first statue made of President Lincoln and Mary Todd together alone. #craigonaroll would like to remind you that only Mary Todd and Taddie Lincoln visited Racine, as their visit happened after the President’s assassination. They stayed at Congress Hall, and Taddie was considering attending Racine College (now the DeKoven Center.) #cylindricalceleb #mrdowntown

08/13/2020

RHM is on TikTok!

We're gearing up for another Amazing Race-Scene here at the museum in partnership with Racine Brewing Company! There's s...
08/12/2020

We're gearing up for another Amazing Race-Scene here at the museum in partnership with Racine Brewing Company! There's still time to sign up as a team or individual for some socially-distant local trivia fun!

Exercise your Amazing Race-Scene skills with a few questions from past years:

At 422 Main Street, John Stoffel Cigar Factory once employed at least one torcedor. What is a torcedor?

Who was the mayor of Racine in 1898?

What three companies were consolidated to form the White Star Laundry Company?

If you could answer all of these, you'd be a rock star at our Amazing Race-Scene competition on Saturday, September 5th!

Racine Heritage Museum's cover photo
08/12/2020

Racine Heritage Museum's cover photo

08/06/2020
Third Annual Amazing Race-Scene

Kari and Angie Molina have an exciting announcement about the Third Annual Amazing Race-Scene! Registration opens THIS SATURDAY!

Today #craigonaroll stopped by the Racine Veterans Center and Legacy Museum. We salute the Legacy Museum and thank all v...
08/03/2020

Today #craigonaroll stopped by the Racine Veterans Center and Legacy Museum. We salute the Legacy Museum and thank all veterans for their courageous service to our country. #mrdowntown #cylindricalceleb @ Veterans Center

08/03/2020
Have you noticed the inscriptions on our beautiful building at 701 Main? Here’s your pop quiz... do you know which direc...
07/31/2020

Have you noticed the inscriptions on our beautiful building at 701 Main? Here’s your pop quiz... do you know which direction each quote faces? #701main @ Racine Heritage Museum

07/30/2020
Danish Immigrants

What’s the story on Danish immigrants? It’s more than just Kringles and cakes! (Though we do love that part.)

Any guesses what today’s video will be about? Stay tuned!
07/30/2020

Any guesses what today’s video will be about? Stay tuned!

Built in 1882, this stone firehouse is an interesting contrast in architecture to what Frank Lloyd Wright building just ...
07/29/2020

Built in 1882, this stone firehouse is an interesting contrast in architecture to what Frank Lloyd Wright building just one block away? #mrdowntown #cylindricalceleb #craigonaroll

07/27/2020
Cleaning Day at RHM!

We’re cleaning the museum and getting everything ready to welcome you back! Take a peek at what’s going on in the museum.

Today #craigonaroll is stopping by the lovely former home of Henry S. Durand, (now the Masonic Center.) Durand was an ag...
07/22/2020

Today #craigonaroll is stopping by the lovely former home of Henry S. Durand, (now the Masonic Center.) Durand was an agent for the Aetna Life Insurance Agency, and reportedly issued the first insurance policy in Wisconsin. He also sold land, produce, lumber and coal. He owned timberlands in Michigan and five ships. As a known abolitionist, it’s possible that Durand utilized these ships to aid fugitive slaves escaping to freedom in Canada while conducting his business. It is also possible, though not confirmed, that his basement was a refuge for those traveling the Underground Railroad to freedom. #mrdowntown #cylindricalceleb

The is a “Vi-Ray-O”, the cure to all ailments! Or so the advertisements said. In reality it is simply a machine that sen...
07/17/2020

The is a “Vi-Ray-O”, the cure to all ailments! Or so the advertisements said. In reality it is simply a machine that sends electric currents through glass tubes filled with inert gasses, giving off a violet glow. Used through the 1920’s it was banned in the early 30’s because of its questionable effects and far-fetched claims. #fantasticfakes #curatorbattle

#craigonaroll paid a visit to Island Park today taking a moment to appreciate the Sixth Street Bridge, which opened in 1...
07/14/2020

#craigonaroll paid a visit to Island Park today taking a moment to appreciate the Sixth Street Bridge, which opened in 1928. Designed and Engineered by Charles Whitney of Milwaukee, it features terra-cotta and tile ornaments. Originally, the bridge had two ornate lamps at each end, but they were removed in 1969 after the supporting columns started to fail. And where are those lamps now? At the front entrance to the Racine Heritage Museum, of course! #mrdowntown #cylindricalceleb @ Island Park

07/13/2020
Lawsonomy Explained

Ever wonder about the “Study Natural Law” and “Lawsonomy” signs along I-94 south of Racine? Get the inside story with this week’s edition of Six Feet Apart with Chris and Allison, featuring the enigmatic Alfred Lawson.

Our #tremendoustransport is a goat wagon built by the Mitchell Lewis Wagon Company ca. 1875.  If you are wondering what ...
07/10/2020

Our #tremendoustransport is a goat wagon built by the Mitchell Lewis Wagon Company ca. 1875. If you are wondering what a goat wagon is, the name says it all. It is a child sized wagon that can be pulled by a goat. #curatorbattle

07/10/2020

Join Kari today as she tells the story of how Little Golden Books became the iconic and beloved childhood books enjoyed by kids around the world, produced right here in Racine by Whitman Publishing.

Happy Independence Day! 🥳🎉 Traditionally, police cars, fire engines, and ambulances start the parade.  This photo shows ...
07/04/2020

Happy Independence Day! 🥳🎉 Traditionally, police cars, fire engines, and ambulances start the parade. This photo shows a fire engine starting a parade in the 1930s.

Woah! Check out this awesome Fourth of July float by Walker Manufacturing in the 1940s. They went all out!
07/03/2020

Woah! Check out this awesome Fourth of July float by Walker Manufacturing in the 1940s. They went all out!

Today's parade photo features the Horlicks Malted Milk float in   1921!
07/02/2020

Today's parade photo features the Horlicks Malted Milk float in 1921!

07/02/2020
Progressive Dairy

Today we are taking a look at Progressive Dairy, and it’s founder, W. Allen Gifford.

You aren't able to come to the parade so we are bringing the parade to you. Over the next four days, we are featuring so...
07/01/2020

You aren't able to come to the parade so we are bringing the parade to you. Over the next four days, we are featuring some awesome historical photos of previous Racine Fourth of July parades. This photo features the parade going past monument square in 1906!

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The Racine County Historical Society originally operated out of the Racine County Courthouse in the History Room. But by 1957, they were in need of a bigger home and the old Carnegie Library, located at 701 Main Street, was in need of a use. In 1960 the Racine County Historical Museum, Inc. organized and renovated the building for use as a new museum.

In May of 1962, the Racine County Museum opened to the public. The Historical Society and the Historical Museum were both operating out of the site, but were providing separate services. In 1982, they merged, to form the Racine County Historical Society and Museum, Inc., known today simply as the Racine Heritage Museum.

Since then, we have been dedicated to preserving the material culture and telling the special stories of the people of Racine County - their achievements, diversity, inventive genius, productivity, craftsmanship and entrepreneurial spirit.

Racine Heritage Museum is home to over 200,000 3-D artifacts and over 6,500 linear feet of documentary materials - it could actually stretch from the Museum to North Beach! We use this extensive collection to share those special stories of the history of Racine in our exhibits, such as “Waterways” which tells the story of Racine as a bustling commercial port and “Factory for the World” which showcase a few of the countless innovative products produced in our own backyard. Personal connections are also found in the collection in our Archive & Research Center! You can find out information about your home, family, businesses, or just cool photographs to hang in your living room by stopping in and spending an afternoon with us. We are also able to use our collection to take Racine County’s history out of the Museum in our Outreach programming in schools, senior centers, community organizations, and tour groups throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Programs currently feature the Racine Belles, the Underground Railroad, and new programs are added all the time!

So we invite you to stop in, bring your family and friends, and see what you can discover at your Racine Heritage Museum!

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