Events and Meetings

June 3, 2024 Membership Meeting

Date: June 3, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We will take a journey back to summer nights in the 1960’s and 1970’s.  We bet you attended an outdoor theatre.  Let’s relive those memories.  To help us, two of our favorite historians and story tellers are coming to share their stories of local outdoor theatres.  Presented by Carol Gianforte and Jim Mercier.  Bring your stories as well.
Monday, June 3, 2024

Living Faith Church (lower level)

2915 Wright Avenue

Racine, WI

7:00 pm

Parking and an elevator are available.

May 6, 2024 Century Buildings Membership Meeting

Date: May 6, 2024
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The biggest meeting of the year! Celebrating National Preservation Month, whose theme is “People Saving Places,” by hosting our award presentation to this year’s Century Building owners.
Monday, May 6, 2024
Dinner and reception, 6 PM
Awards Program, 7 PM
DeKoven Center
600 Caron Butler Drive
Racine, WI
$5 for non-members, free to members.

Please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share. Beverages will be provided.

Since 1988, Preservation Racine has recognized 420 buildings more than 100 years old in the Racine area. This year we will honor 12 owners.

Complete history about each home will be posted on our website,, under the section labeled “News.”

Thank you to the hard work of our Century Buildings Committee.

If you are interested in preservation, please consider joining us. Benefits include free meetings, and all notices and newsletters will be sent directly to your home. And you can be proud to be a part of recognizing Racine’s rich history.

Individual membership $25
Family $35
Contributing $40
Sponsoring $75
Corporate $250
Lifetime $500

March Membership Meeting, March 4, 2024

Date: March 4, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

March 4, 2024 Meeting

7 pm

North Pointe United Methodist Church

3825 Erie Street, Racine, WI

Join us to learn more about the Continental Faience and Tile Co., which produced tiles from 1925-1943.  These tiles were used in homes in Racine and South Milwaukee.  The presentation will be given by the author, Ben Tyjeski, who himself is a tile artist.  He coauthored a book, Continental Faience and Tile, with Kelly Dudle and Kathy Roberts.

Books will be for sale for $63.

Wilfred G. Marshall’s Turn of the Century Racine Photos by Gerald Karwowski

Date: February 5, 2024
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Date: February 5, 2024

Time: 7 pm

Place: Catering by Danny – Hickory Hall

5844 Douglas Avenue

Thanks to Preservation Racine’s long time friend, Gerald Karwowski, a presentation based on Wilfred G. Marshall will be presented.  Gerald long ago preserved to glass plates and just recently published a book with just some of the photos.  The book will be for sale this night.  We hope you can attend.

Interview with Don Rosen, WRJN, 99.9 FM

Date: January 23, 2024
Time: 7:00 am - 8:00 am

Don Rosen chats with Pippin Michelli, President of Preservation Racine, about the history and doings of Preservation Racine. Use this pdf if you want to see the locations Pippin mentions during the interview:

Songs, Stories and Potluck

Date: December 4, 2023
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Preservation Racine Membership Meeting

Monday December 4, 2023 

7:00 PM

Holy Cross Lutheran Church School Gym, corner of Taylor and Lathrop
3550 Lathrop Ave.

Our last meeting of the year will be presented by Gary Lewis Alexander and his wife Karen, who will perform stories and songs and sing-alongs (in costume) that will lift your spirits and bring you hope.  Set in Civil War times, a troubled era, and they will teach us the hope that kept the spirits of the people who endured it alive.  We are thrilled to have them entertain us!

Please bring a finger food hors d’oeuvre to share.  Lemonade, coffee, and water will be served.  Plates, napkins and eating utensils will be provided.  No tables, just chair seating.

Questions or suggestions: 262-632-7537 or 847-212-0599 or email

Racine College, James DeKoven and Education on the Wisconsin Frontier

Date: November 6, 2023
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Date: Monday, November 6, 7:00 PM

: John E. Magerus, Ph. D.

Topic: DeKoven Center Beginnings

Location: The Assembly Hall DeKoven Center, 600 Caron Butler Drive, Racine, Wisconsin

You may be from Racine and know a lot about the DeKoven Center.  But could you pass a written quiz about the early days of its history?  

Join Preservation Racine on Monday, November 6 to hear Archivist John E. Magerus, Ph. D.  present the Center’s roots from 1852 as an Episcopalian preparatory school when Racine was a fledgling harbor town on Lake Michigan.

John has spent years working with the archives of the institution and has written three publications documenting the settlers of the area and surprisingly the history of baseball in Racine.  We’re saving that one for another time. He served as Archivist for the Center from 2013 to 2022 organizing and cataloguing the documents that were stored in the hundred-plus-year-old buildings.

His pursuit of historical interests developed after he retired from teaching at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse where he has served as Dean of the college in his later years at the university.  

Coffee and cookies will be served prior to the meeting followed by John’s power point program.  The Assembly Hall is located near the northern end of the parking lot best accessed from the Wisconsin Avenue driveway.  

Linda Schubert

Program Chairperson


46th Annual Tour of Historic Homes, Sunday, September 24, 2023, 12-5:30

Date: September 13, 2023
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Please join us for our annual tour.  And spread the word.  Advanced tickets are available now at the following places.

To preview the sites, go to the heading NEWS, and drop down Newsletters.   Scroll through the lastest newsletter to see the sites.

2023 August Meeting – An Evening of Remembrance

Date: August 28, 2023
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Location: 1147 West Boulevard Racine, Wisconsin

Join us for a bit of history when notable Racinians interred at Mound Cemetery will come to life as they are played by eight actors.  Racine Theatre Guild will be presenting scripts written by Margo Drummond.  Complete with period costume, they will give us a taste of what life in Racine was like during the Civil War.  Mary Waid, Lecturer with the University of Wisconsin Parkside, has put together this highly anticipated performance.  Learn also about some of the characters’ accomplishments during this era of unrest and tragedy.

Note: this meeting is held the last Monday of August so members can purchase tickets for the Tour of Historic Places.  (see upcoming events)


ANNUAL TOUR OF HISTORIC PLACES – Sunday, September 24, 2023 12:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Seven buildings to be open to the public.  Tickets available soon.

ARCHIVES OF DEKOVEN – Monday, November 6, 2023

John Magerus will present a history of the DeKoven Center

A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS – Monday, December 4, 2023

An evening of remembrance and music presented by Gary Alexander


46th Tour of Historic Places, Sunday September 24, 2023 12-5:30 pm

Start date: July 24, 2023
End date: September 24, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Our tour this year is titled “A Stroll Down Memory Lane.”   It will feature eight historic places in Racine.

Please save the date.  And come back to our webpage for more information soon.

Your help is important and we are hoping you will support us this year by volunteering, donating, or placing an ad in the souvenir booklet.

Please call 262-634-5748 if you can help.