Events and Meetings

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

Printable Meeting Notice: Membership meeting

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.


May Meeting

Date: May 6, 2019
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Century Buildings

Speaker: Pippin Michelli

Topic: The Century Building Awards

Location: The Great Hall, DeKoven Center, Racine

Additional Info: This is always a festive event when we choose about a dozen 100-year-old buildings to recognize for their good and authentic condition. Our volunteers excel themselves on the catering, and our honored awardees receive a certificate, a photograph of their building, and the opportunity to say something about their building if they choose (no pressure!). The event is purely to encourage an appreciation of our heritage and an opportunity to congratulate people for care that often goes unnoticed. It has no impact on future freedoms for the building owners.


Extra Event: The Big Three +1

Date: April 3, 2019
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Local historians John Van Thiel, Jim Mercier, Gerald Karwowski and Steven Rogstad share a stage for the very first time to discuss aspects of Racine history.

Join us for a night of Racine history and fun, with audience participation!

The Covenant at Murray Mansion, 2219 Washington Ave, Racine, WI

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 5:30 pm cash bar; 6:00 pm dinner, 7:00 pm program

To reserve your seat call (262) 412 2511 by April 1

March Meeting

Date: March 4, 2019
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
First Evangelical Lutheran

Speaker: to be announced

Topic: Historical Tour of the Church

Location: First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 728 Villa Street, Racine

Additional info: The First Evangelical Lutheran Church celebrates the 170th anniversary of its founding this year, and the church itself will celebrate the 140th anniversary of its dedication.

February Meeting

Date: February 4, 2019
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
South Main St, 300 block, Lakota Gp photo

Speaker: The Lakota Group

Topic: Racine’s Heritage Preservation Plan

Location: Gateway Technical College – Racine Campus, 1001 Main Street (south), Racine