WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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Guest uses a wooden ship steering wheel to view Bennett prints.

Calendar

Calendar

Spring Events

(March – May)

Guests test out a stereoscope

Opening Day Open House

May 2 | 11 AM – 4 PM

Celebrate the 145th anniversary of the 1875 studio, and the 20th anniversary of the historic site, at this special season kick-off event! Entertainment and kid’s activities will be available.

Featured program. Included with general admission.
Members are admitted for FREE!

Victorian Kilbourn
Walking Tour

May 8 | 6 PM – 7 PM

Experience a walking tour of the historic Wisconsin Dells while learning about the Victorians who lived there! From the ghost that gave a saloon its name, to the wife of the man who made the Dells famous, this walking tour is bound to thrill and intrigue Dells residents and visitors alike! Tour will begin and end at H.H. Bennett Studio. Light refreshments will be provided with a Q & A after the tour.

$15/person

Ticketed event. Members receive a 10% discount!
Call  608-253-3523.

Cemetery Tour (Civil War)

May 15 | 6 PM – 7 PM

Explore the area’s ancestors and Civil War history in Spring Grove Cemetery. This walking tour supports the information seen in George H. Houghton: Civil War Cameraman, a temporary exhibition at H. H. Bennett Studio. Guests should meet at Spring Grove Cemetery.

$15/person

Ticketed event. Members receive a 10% discount!
Call  608-253-3523.

Haunted Kilbourn:
The Original Dells Ghost Walk

May 22 | 6 PM – 7 PM

Delve into the paranormal and haunted experiences of the downtown Wisconsin Dells area! This tour will take you around the downtown area to a variety of stops known for their macabre history, ghostly experiences and legends.  The Ghost Walk will cover approximately one mile of walking on paved but sometimes uneven sidewalks, including up and downhill. The tour will begin and end at H. H. Bennett Studio.

$15/person

Ticketed event. Members receive a 10% discount!
Call  608-253-3523.

Summer Events

(June – August)

Victorian Kilbourn
Walking Tour

June 12 | 6 PM – 7 PM
July 10 | 6 PM – 7 PM
Aug. 14| 6 PM – 7 PM

Experience a walking tour of the historic Wisconsin Dells while learning about the Victorians who lived there! From the ghost that gave a saloon its name, to the wife of the man who made the Dells famous, this walking tour is bound to thrill and intrigue Dells residents and visitors alike! Tour will begin and end at H.H. Bennett Studio. Light refreshments will be provided with a Q & A after the tour.

$15/person

Ticketed event. Members receive a 10% discount!
Call  608-253-3523.

Cemetery Tour (Civil War)

June 19 | 6 PM – 7 PM
July 17 | 6 PM – 7 PM
Aug. 21 | 6 PM – 7 PM

Explore the area’s ancestors and Civil War history in Spring Grove Cemetery. This walking tour supports the information seen in George H. Houghton: Civil War Cameraman, a temporary exhibition at H. H. Bennett Studio. Guests should meet at Spring Grove Cemetery.

$15/person

Ticketed event. Members receive a 10% discount!
Call  608-253-3523.

Haunted Kilbourn:
The Original Dells Ghost Walk

June 26 | 6 PM – 7 PM
July 31 | 6 PM – 7 PM
Aug. 28 | 6 PM – 7 PM

Delve into the paranormal and haunted experiences of the downtown Wisconsin Dells area! This tour will take you around the downtown area to a variety of stops known for their macabre history, ghostly experiences and legends.  The Ghost Walk will cover approximately one mile of walking on paved but sometimes uneven sidewalks, including up and downhill. The tour will begin and end at H. H. Bennett Studio.

$15/person

Ticketed event. Members receive a 10% discount!
Call  608-253-3523.

Printing Workshop

June 13| 1 PM – 3 PM
Aug. 8| 1 PM – 3 PM

Practice your printing! Jorg Rochlitzer will return, with his “portable” printing press, to demonstrate what printing was like in the 1800s. Guests will be able to test the printing press out for themselves and take home some hand-made printing projects!

$15/person

Ticketed event. Members receive a 10% discount!
Reservations required. Call  608-253-3523.

Photo Preservation Workshop

July 16 | 6 PM – 7 PM

Preserve your family history and memories for years to come. Learn about best practices for historic photo preservation. Guests are encouraged to bring one family photograph with and will receive high-quality preservation materials, guidance, and literature to start their preservation projects at home.

$15/person

Ticketed event. Members receive a 10% discount!
Reservations required. Call  608-253-3523.

Fall Events

(September – November)

Victorian Kilbourn
Walking Tour

Sept. 11 | 6 PM – 7 PM
Oct. 9 | 6 PM – 7 PM

Experience a walking tour of the historic Wisconsin Dells while learning about the Victorians who lived there! From the ghost that gave a saloon its name, to the wife of the man who made the Dells famous, this walking tour is bound to thrill and intrigue Dells residents and visitors alike! Tour will begin and end at H.H. Bennett Studio. Light refreshments will be provided with a Q & A after the tour.

$15/person

Ticketed event. Members receive a 10% discount!
Call  608-253-3523.

Cemetery Tour (Civil War)

Sept. 18 | 6 PM – 7 PM
Oct. 16 | 5 PM – 6 PM

Explore the area’s ancestors and Civil War history in Spring Grove Cemetery. This walking tour supports the information seen in George H. Houghton: Civil War Cameraman, a temporary exhibition at H. H. Bennett Studio. Guests should meet at Spring Grove Cemetery.

$15/person

Ticketed event. Members receive a 10% discount!
Call  608-253-3523.

Haunted Kilbourn:
The Original Dells Ghost Walk

Sept. 25 | 6 PM – 7 PM
Oct. 23 | 5 PM – 6 PM

Delve into the paranormal and haunted experiences of the downtown Wisconsin Dells area! This tour will take you around the downtown area to a variety of stops known for their macabre history, ghostly experiences and legends.  The Ghost Walk will cover approximately one mile of walking on paved but sometimes uneven sidewalks, including up and downhill. The tour will begin and end at H. H. Bennett Studio.

$15/person

Ticketed event. Members receive a 10% discount!
Call  608-253-3523.

Photo Preservation Workshop

Sept. 24 | 6 PM – 7 PM

Preserve your family history and memories for years to come. Learn about best practices for historic photo preservation. Guests are encouraged to bring one family photograph with and will receive high-quality preservation materials, guidance, and literature to start their preservation projects at home.

$15/person

Ticketed event. Members receive a 10% discount!
Reservations required. Call  608-253-3523.

Spirit Photography Workshop

Oct. 24 | 1 PM – 3 PM

What is spirit photography? How did old photos work? Learn the answers to these questions and some tricks of the trade in this fun, interactive workshop where we will take actual tintype photographs. Upgrade your admission to be the subject of a photograph you get to keep!

$15/person

Ticketed event. Members receive a 10% discount!
Call  608-253-3523.

Closing Celebration for
George H. Houghton exhibit

Oct. 10 | 1 PM – 3 PM

Celebrate the final day of our temporary exhibit on H. H. Bennett’s uncle, Civil War cameraman, George H. Houghton. Houghton was among the few photographers who followed the army to record history as it happened during the Civil War. It is through him Bennett first learned the photographic arts. This event will include a visit to Spring Grove Cemetery for the laying of a tombstone and a reception at H.H. Bennett Studio.

$15/person

Ticketed event. Members receive a 10% discount!
Call  608-253-3523.