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Historical Society holds 2022 Annual Meeting and volunteer recognition

The Manitowoc County Historical Society held their 117th Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 2 at the Washington House in Two Rivers.  The annual event  featured a business meeting, election of new Directors, and recognition of the organization's outstanding volunteers.

Two Rivers Historical Society Executive Director Tootsie Sommers welcomed the group to the historic building and shared its history. MCHS Education and Program Coordinator Hannah Schladweiler introduced herself to the group and shared her passion for MCHS. Guest Experience Manager Devinne Fackelman shared Museum and Member Milestones.
President Chris Schnell welcomed all guests in attendance and shared his enthusiasm for all that was accomplished in 2022.  
A financial overview was shared. To manage a museum of 60 acres on an operating budget of approximately $140,000 each year is impressive. The continued dedication the museum's membership dues bring to the museum is inspiring. Membership dues continue to be a reliable source of support for the museum with over $17,000 in the past year. Membership contributed over $146,000 in restricted gifts. The majority of these gifts were given to the Vetting Fund with $51,000 and Meeme House restoration with $74,000. The Society's Endowment Fund with the Lakeshore Community Foundation has done well, with a year end total of over $677,000.

Executive Director Amy Meyer shared a new promotional video that focused the reasons to donate to MCHS. Focus was given on the ways the museum fulfills its mission and vison with public programs, educational adventures for schools, archives preservation, and community outreach. 
Vice President Bill Fricke introduced incoming board of directors members: Megan Bruckschen (Director of Marketing at Felician Village), candidate for a first term; and Angel Johanek (Executive Officer at Manitowoc County Home Builders Association), candidate for a first term. Outgoing Board Members Chris Schnell and Ryan Zunker were recognized for their work.
Volunteers with over 100 hours in 2022 were recognized: George Baldwin (191); John Bohlin (272); Mike Duescher (197); Eugene Durben (204); Phil Groll (647); Greg Krcma (156); Emmy Rebitz (108); Jeff Seidl (103); Jim Steuer (296).  Total volunteer hours in 2022 were 6,688 by over 200 volunteers. The Square Nail Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Jim Steuer and John Bohlin for all their time and effort to ensure that the museum's historic structures are well taken care of.

The Annual Meeting concluded with a fundraiser raffle that raised over $3,000 for the Manitowoc County Historical Society's mission.

Volunteers Dolores Janda (left) and Lucy DeWein (right) help to welcome guests to the Manitowoc County Historical Society's 117th Annual Meeting on March 2 at the historic Washington House. Download Image
About the Manitowoc County Historical Society
Nestled in the scenic rolling Ice Age Kettle Moraine countryside of Eastern Wisconsin, the Manitowoc County Historical Society is a museum of living history. This 60-acre interpretive museum of local history features a Welcome Center with local history exhibits and research services and the outdoor Pinecrest Historical Village - a collection of over 25 historic buildings with period furnishings from Manitowoc County's early settlers. 
Pinecrest Historical Village began in 1970 with a land donation from the Hugo and Eleanor Vetting family.  The Village has grown to represent a reproduction of a small Wisconsin community during the early 1900s. The buildings form the commercial, social, and political core of a town and they represent several architectural styles of Wisconsin's history. The furnishings, items, and tools in the various buildings used by the Pinecrest Village interpreters are either original pieces or carefully researched reproductions. 

For more information on the Manitowoc County Historical Society, contact the museum at (920) 684-4445 or ManitowocCountyHistory.org.