Seats are filling up fast for the Greendale Historical Society’s motor coach trip to Racine and Kenosha on June 29. Participants on the day trip will tour the Civil War Museum, Racine Heritage Museum, SC Johnson Wax Visitor’s Center, and Wingspread. Built during the same period the Village of Greendale was being constructed, Wingspread is a Prairie style home now used as a conference center by the Johnson Foundation. Designed by Wisconsin architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Wingspread is nestled in a woodland setting on the Lake Michigan shoreline and boasts a thirty foot chimney rising from its center with five fireplaces on three levels and dappled sunlight throughout.
More of Wright’s design artistry can be seen at the SC Johnson Wax Visitor’s Center, which will include an all new tour of the revamped campus. Civil War buffs will have an opportunity to learn more about one of the most divisive periods in U.S. history and learn about the connections between the home front and the battle front at the Civil War Museum. A stop at the Racine Heritage Museum’s “Factory for the World” exhibit will highlight American innovation and inventors of products from household timesavers to manufacturing gadgets to Horlick’s Malted Milk.
This is the third year that the society is offering historical tours. The first year was a trip to the two other Greenbelt communities in Greenbelt, Maryland and Greenhills, Ohio. Last year the week long “Magical History Tour” traveled around the state to more than fifteen historical sites.
“This year we thought it would be easier for people to fit a few day trips closer to home into their calendars,” said tour coordinator Bob Thierfelder.
And you can’t beat the price. The Racine-Kenosha trip scheduled for June 29 is $50. So if you’re looking for something novel to give Dad for Father’s Day you might want to book the trip soon. Payment for the Racine and Kenosha day trip is due by Friday, June 8. Another day trip is planned for Lake Geneva on September 8. Non-members who sign up for both day tours will receive a free one-year membership to the Greendale Historical Society. Proceeds benefit the society’s fundraising efforts for renovation of the Greendale Grounds Building and Hose Tower. For further information contact the Greendale Historical Society office at 414-423-7064.