Lost Architectural Treasures

Date: June 7, 2022
Time: 6:00 pm
East Park, 1121 S Main, Frank Bull’s House, razed 1968, racinecounty-net, FK Bull Res 1121 Main St

Speaker: Debbie Yale

Topic: Lost Architectural Treasures

Location: The Lee Room, Racine Public Library, 75 Seventh Street, Racine, WI

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Some years ago, Preservation Racine presented a talk on some of the many mansions and other noteworthy buildings that were lost to posterity through razing, fires, and other disasters. Our historian, Debbie Yale, has researched these lost treasures and updated the list with more of their stories, and she has added other buildings that also met a sad fate.

Please note the change of meeting day (this meeting is on Tuesday, June 7).  This is because the program is being presented in conjunction with the Racine Public Library. Please enter through the north east lower-level doors. The Lee Room is on the first floor. Parking is free after 6:00 pm.

The Story of a Passionate Racine Collector

Date: April 4, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm

Speaker: Gerald Karwowski

Topic: The Story of a Passionate Racine Collector

Location: St Edward Church, 1401 Grove Avenue, Racine

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Additional Information:

We are pleased to have Gerald Karwowski as our guest speaker for the April Membership Meeting. Gerry retired after a 30-year career at the J. I. Case Company and has served as a Racine Landmarks commissioner and a trustee of the Racine County Historical Society. He has written numerous books and newspaper articles about Racine’s past and has entertained hundreds of groups with his presentations on Racine history, as well as being featured on the American Pickers television program.

First in a Limited Series of Tutorials

Date: March 7, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm

Speaker: Pippin Michelli

Topic: Finding Essential First Information

Location: Littleport Brewing Company, 214 3rd Street (Wisconsin Avenue and 3rd Street)

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Additional Information:

After a number of requests by Preservation Racine members, we are very pleased that our President, Perette (Pippin) Michelli has agreet to contact a series of meetings on the methods to garner the history of buildings. Our first meeting will present the first thing every researcher needs: to get the legal information. This is prerequisite for locating the property in the tax records, register of deeds, and historic maps. After this, we’ll take a look at a few significant building styles to show how they add to the information about the original property owners. This will be a multiple choice quiz-game, with shout-out answers.

Lincoln Among the Badgers – presentation and book signing

Date: February 7, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm
Steve Rogstad with his book

Speaker: Steven Rogstad

Topic: Lincoln Among the Badgers, author presentation and book signing

Location: Kimissis tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, 1335 South Green Bay Road, Racine

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Additional Information:

If you have heard Steve speak before, you know that you’re in for a treat with this presentation. As one of our own past presidents of Preservation Racine, he has honored us with a number of very entertaining and informative talks with the Rogstad twist. In this program, Steve will present some highlights of his new book, Lincoln Among the Badgers, which will also be available for purchase. Afterwards, he will sign copies, whether already purchased or snapped up at the meeting.

A Christmas Carol: Charles Dickens’ Hidden Motivations

Date: December 6, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
A Christmas Carol, first edition cover, detail

Speaker: Rochelle Pennington

Topic: The Hidden Motivations behind Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Location: Racine Yacht Club, 1 Barker Street, Racine

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Additional Information: Rochelle Pennington joins us at the Rachine Yacht Club to hare her take on the hidden motivations behind Dickens’ writing of A Christmas Carol. If you have never heard Ms. Pennington speak, you’ve missed a tour de force of the spoken word. Her knowledge, research and enthusiasm always enthralls us!

We do ask that attendees wear masks (supplies at hand if you have forgotten your own). Light refreshments available after the meeting.

First Presbyterian Church and the Abolition

Date: November 8, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Speaker: multiple

Topic: Stories of First Presbyterian abolitionists

Location: First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Avenue (intersection College Avenue and Seventh Street), Racine

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Additional Information: Our first membership meeting for over a year, and unusually, this is on the SECOND Monday, November 8. 7:00 pm. The church was built in 1852, designed by Lucas Bradley with a spire inspired by England’s Sir Christopher Wren (note its distinctive slender grace and its fanciful juxtaposition with classical columns).

The easiest entrance is via the parking lot at the back of the church (on College Avenue), and there is an elevator.

We do ask that attendees wear masks (supplies at hand if you have forgotten your own). Light refreshments available after the meeting.


2021, Tour of Historic Places

Date: September 26, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
One of the Buildings on the tour of Elmwood Park and Elm Terrace

Our Tour of Historic Places is expected to go ahead this fall on Sunday, September 26, 2021 (that is, the last Sunday in September). The tour, on the theme of Modern Beauty, will be in Elmwood Park and nearby, and will show how a development with a view to the highest quality modern living came together during the first half of the 20th century. Using his own family land, the developer worked with some of Racine’s best architects (including J Mandor Matson and Hans Geyer), and the best building contractors to produce highly crafted houses with every modern convenience. Every house was different, each was built with attached single, double, and even triple garages, and the whole was set in the beautiful Elmwood, just south of the Taylor Children’s Asylum.

Tickets include entrance to five houses, one school and one church, and a talk at the Taylor Monument. Prices are $18.00 on the day of the tour, or $15 in advance.

Ticket Outlets:

  • Borzyinsky’s Farm and Floral Market, 11600 Washington Avenue, Sturtevant
  • Mileager’s, 4838 Douglas Avenue, Racine
        and 8717 Hyway 11, Sturtevant
  • Miller’s Flowers, 219 Sixth Street, Racine
  • O & H Bakeries, 4917 Douglas Avenue, Racine
        and 4006 Durand Avenue, Racine
        and 5910 Washington Avenue, Racine
  • Personal Touch Flowers by Julie, 5445 Spring Street, Racine
  • Racine Heritage Museum, 701 Main Street, Racine
  • Uncorckt, 240 Main Street, Racine
  • Wilson’s Coffee & Tea, 3306 Washington Avenue, Racine

Join us!


December Meeting

Date: December 2, 2019
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
The Endurance Trapped in Polar Ice in 1912

Speaker: Rochelle Pennington

Topic: The Endurance – History’s Greatest Shipwreck

Location: Racine Yacht Club, 1 Barker Street, Racine

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Additional Information: The Endurance was owned by legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, who set off with his crew in December 1914 in a race to be the first to cross Antarctica but the ship was crushed by ice and sank in the Weddell Sea in early 1915. Shackleton and his entire crew made an arduous journey over the ice and all survived. Rochelle Pennington is a riveting speaker, back by popular request to tell us about another ship wreck. We meet again at the Racine Yacht Club, 1 Barker Street, Racine, where we will also enjoy our usual high quality Christmas Potluck and buy drinks from the friendly bar.


November Membership Meeting

Date: November 4, 2019
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Bethania Lutheran Church, Nov 2019 meeting

Speaker: Michele Caskey

Topic: Why the Danes Came to Racine

Location: Bethania Lutheran Church, 4120 Wright Avenue, Racine

Additional Information: Bethania Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1896 by Danish Emigrants to Racine. Regular services were in Danish until 1945 when all regular worship went to English. But English services had been offered from 1927, and Danish services are still offered today. Danish Christmas Eve Worship is offered every year December 24, 3:00 p.m.



Date: September 29, 2019
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Grocery Store Premiums,

Preservation Racine’s Annual Tour of Historic Places will take place again this year on our traditional day (the last Sunday in September). Our theme is A Premium Collection and it is complemented by collector/historian Jim Mercier’s exhibit of Racine Grocery Store Premiums (or promotional items), which will be found at the lower level of our public building, First Lutheran Evangelical Church, 728 Villa Street, Racine. A link to more information will be added here soon.

Tickets are $15 until Friday 27 September
Tickets are $18 on 29 September, available at the First Lutheran Evangelical Church and the tour houses.