Enrichment Programs

As our country manages the COVID-19 pandemic and with continuing uncertainty for the remainder of the year, a decision was made to offer all of the Enrichment Programs virtually until January 2, 2021. We will utilize Zoom to continue offering interesting programs, giving us the flexibility to provide rich and interesting speakers, topics and content while keeping the public safe.  

Cemetery Walking Tours

Riverside Cemetery, Oshkosh

The walk will begin promptly at the start time and will last on average two hours. Please meet at the main gate, Riverside Cemetery, 1901 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh. Tours will be conducted rain or shine. The cost is $15 for Members and Non-members. Please register and pay prior to the tour. The tour is limited to 20 people, everyone will be asked to wear a mask and be mindful of social distancing during the walk. There will be no walk-ons allowed. To register, call the Museum at 920-236-5799. 

Cemetery Tales Walking Tour Dates:

Saturday, Sept 26, 10 am to 12 noon

Sunday, Sept 27, 1 pm to 3 pm

Saturday, Oct 3, 10 am to 12 noon

Sunday, Oct 4, 1 pm to 3 pm

Symbols in the Cemetery Walking Tour Dates:

Saturday, Oct 10, 10 am to 12 noon

Sunday, Oct 11, 1 pm to 3 pm

Saturday, Oct 17, 10 am to 12 noon

Sunday, Oct 18, 1 pm to 3 pm

Saturday, Oct 24, 10 am to 12 noon

Endurance - Virtual Program on Zoom  
Saturday, November 14 1:30 pm
Rochelle Pennington

Pennington traveled to the countries of England and Scotland to research Sir Ernest Shackleton’s epic 1914 travels aboard the ship Endurance with his crew of 27. The incredible feats achieved during the voyage have inspired generations since. The author’s program will detail the extraordinary acts of determination used by the men to move fearlessly forward as they triumphed over the frozen Antarctic expanse where their lives were threatened daily. A leader among leaders, Commander Shackleton taught his men how to employ their thoughts to overcome every obstacle and to persevere against all odds and he can inspire us to do the same. Considered “ the greatest survival story in history,” the journey lives on today as a timeless model which shows how ordinary people, armed only with the simple power of attitude, can dive headfirst into immense adversity and emerge victoriously. The program will feature dozens of authentic documents and stunning photographs taken during the expedition. The cost is $8, and free to Museum Members. Please call to register for this program, 920-236-5799.

Laura Ingalls Wilder; Road to the Little House - Virtual Program on Zoom 

Saturday, November 21 1:30 pm
Jessica Michna

Generations of children and adults worldwide have been fascinated by the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her “Little House” series was the basis for a successful television series. But how did her life really evolve? What motivated her to put her experiences to paper? In this First Impressions presentation by Jessica Michna you will meet Mrs. Wilder, older, wiser and reflecting back on her life. She will tell you her life story and how she came to produce her literary works. The cost is $8, and free to Museum Members and children five and under. Please call to register for this program, 920-236-5799. 

Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin's Historic Bars & Breweries - Virtual Program on Zoom
Saturday, November 28, 1:30 pm
Jim Draeger

Join national award-winning author and historian, Jim Draeger, as he leads you on a suds-filled romp through evolution and change in Wisconsin’s bar culture. Learn about the evolution of the tavern from stagecoach stops to the themed bars of today. Trace the social, cultural, and technological changes brought about by liquor regulation, temperance, prohibition and its aftermath. The cost is $8, and free to Museum Members. Please call to register for this program, 920-236-5799. 


Menominee Clan Pow Wow
Saturday, June 5, 2021
12 pm - 6 pm
Pow Wow Grand Entry 1 pm

In honor of the Menominee Clan Story, carved and painted by Menominee artist, James F. Frechette, Jr., we invite you to the opening of the exhibition. The opening will include a Pow Wow as a gathering for us to join, dance, sing, and honor the culture of the Menominee. 

The Arena Director will be Gary Besaw; Master of Ceremonies, Bruce Wilber, the Menominee Veterans Honor Guard; Drums will be Smokey Town and Wolf River Singers; Male head dancer, Ronnie Bowan; Female head dancer, Dawn Wilber; Food Vendors: Gii Taáse Family Singers, Brothertown Indians; Art Vendors: Stomping Turtle, Weeping Heart, Woodland Creations, Blanc Family and more!

Bring your chairs or blankets and enjoy a beautiful summer day on the historic grounds of the Oshkosh Public Museum. Those attending are asked to be respectful of the guidelines of COVID-19, to protect those we care about with social distancing, wearing a mask and handwashing. 

The Pow Wow is free for the public to attend, with general admission for Museum entrance. 

 Save the Date

 Saturday, June 19, 1:30 pm

 VERONICA HINKE, author, speaker, journalist, coach joins us to talk about the Titanic. 

 Watch for details!

Monthly Make and Take Projects for Kids!

Every visit to the Oshkosh Public Museum can be enhanced with a special make-and-take project. Located in the sunroom near the main entrance, this area features an entertaining, historical do-it-yourself project.

The take home activity changes monthly, and directions and supplies are provided to make and take home your very own piece of history.

June: Bicycles. Summer is here, and that means many people are out and about enjoying the outdoors on two wheels. Learn about the history of cycling, them make your own mini bicycle.

 July: Waterways. How much do you know about the water around Oshkosh? Learn how the early people of the area used the water, then make your own map.