Old World Wisconsin: “Could I survive in the 1800s?”


April 1, 2015

Contact: Lisa McGovern,

Communications Manager

Office 262-594-6304

Mobile: 414-217-5447

lisa[email protected]

Adults and Kids Find Out With Hands-On Opportunities to Learn Pioneer Skills, Crafts and Trades

Eagle, Wis.–Old World Wisconsin is giving adults and children an opportunity to channel their inner pioneer with immersive experiences that allow them to prepare meals, care for animals, learn blacksmithing techniques and even step back into a one-room schoolhouse as a student for a day. The regional history attraction is offering the popular Time Travelers Adventure Camps for children and Heritage Arts Workshops for adults and teens age 16 and up.

Jennifer Van Haaaften, associate director, articulated the vision for these hands-on experiences: “They are a fantastic way for guests to try out the same kinds of skills we demonstrate on site. Where else can you learn to drive a horse and carriage? Or have a ladies-only blacksmith class? There’s even an opportunity for our youngest campers to try out a butter churn, card wool and meet the baby farm animals.”


Time Travelers Adventure Camps are offered July 6-August 7. Most camps are single-day experiences and are geared towards pre-schoolers through high schoolers. Camps include:Civil War Camp, Little House (Laura Ingalls Wilder) Adventures, One-Room Schoolhouse Rocks, Animals Up Close, Survivor: Pioneer Wisconsin, Farm-to-Table Camp, Amazing Race Through Time and Moo, Baa! Preschool Camp. Old World Apprentices is a four-day camp; scholarships are available for this particular camp. Prices vary. Details at http://wihist.org/owwdaycamps

Heritage Arts Workshops have the following Spring 2015 offerings: NEW Ladies-Only Beginning Blacksmithing (May 24, 30) Beginning Blacksmithing (May 3, 9, 10, 23), Intermediate Blacksmithing (June 6) and Photography (also June 6). Fall classes include Beginning and Intermediate Blacksmithing, Norwegian Spoon Carving, Basket Making, Candle Making, Horse and Carriage Handling and Driving, Wool Rug Braiding, Sausage Making, Soap Making and Wood Stove Cooking. Prices vary. Details at http://wihist.org/heritagearts

Registration and More Information: www.oldworldwisconsin.org or 262-594-6301.

Overview of Old World Wisconsin

Old World Wisconsin is located on Highway 67 just south of Eagle, Wisconsin in the Milwaukee/Chicago/Madison triangle. The 600-acre history attraction features interactive environments and immersive stories of 19th- and early 20th-century Midwestern immigrant farm and rural life. During the operating season May through October the museum offers hands-on activities, led by period-clad staff members, as they visit 10 working farmsteads, explore 12 heirloom gardens, meet heritage animal breeds, and try historic crafts and skills. For general information and details, call 262-594-6301 or visit www.oldworldwisconsin.org.