Racine Heritage Museum Exhibits

But Wait…There’s More! The Irresistible Appeal and Spiel of Ronco and Popeil. 

Founded by Ron Popeil in 1964, Ronco was well-known for its “must-have” products touted by Popeil himself in commercials during the holiday season. Commercials for Ronco’s Pocket Fisherman, Smokeless Ashtray, Mr. Microphone and more not only signaled the start of the holiday season to an entire generation but made Ronco, its founder and its products pop culture icons. Based on Tim Samuelson’s book But Wait! There’s More! The Irresistible Appeal and Spiel of Ronco and Popeil, this exhibit features well-known and nostalgic Ronco products from a private collection.

The exhibit is sponsored in part by generous grants from SC Johnson and the Racine Community Foundation.

BLESSINGS TO BLENDERS SPREADING THE GOSPEL OF MODERNISM: ALFONSO IANNELLI IN RACINE, WISCONSIN

Featuring the Racine works of notable 20th century Italian-American designer, sculptor and architect Alphonso Iannelli, RHM’s newest feature exhibit includes items from a privately held collection that includes full-size charcoal studies  for the stained-glass windows at Racine’s St. Patrick’s Church, original designs, promotional materials and products developed for Oster Manufacturing, and advertising material for Horlick’s Malted Milk Company. 

This exhibit is made possible in part thanks to grants from Racine Community Foundation and S.C. Johnson.

RACINE COUNTY: FACTORY FOR THE WORLD

Horlick’s Malted Milk, food mixers, military tanks, Little Golden Books and floor polish share a common thread that Racine County folks know and are proud of; all were produced (and some invented) right here in southeastern Wisconsin.

Highlighting the County’s 20th century manufacturing and industrial mix, Racine County: Factory for the World tells stories of inventive and hardworking local folks who responded to national and global events with manufactured and agricultural goods.

THIS TRAIN IS BOUND FOR GLORY: RACINE COUNTY’S UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

Racine County was a hotbed of abolitionist activity during the years leading to the Civil War, and the eyes of the nation were upon our community. Uncover Racine County’s Underground Railroad: secret hiding places, narrow escapes – a community spurred to action. These stories are brought to life with lots of artifacts, images, and interactive Underground Railroad role-playing activity.

The exhibit also features stories of Racine County during and after the Civil War, exploring the impact of our abolitionist legacy through more contemporary stories of Civil Rights, housing and education.

WATERWAYS

Explore Racine’s early history as a thriving Great Lakes commercial port. Featuring Fred Martin drawings, harbor development, North Beach, the county’s waterways, lighthouses and more! Waterways offers an in-depth look at the rich maritime history of the area.

RACINE COUNTY SPORTS HALL OF FAME

For generations, numerous Racine County people have earned the pride of their hometown through their athletic excellence and sportsmanship. The Racine County Sports Hall of Fame celebrates the achievements of individuals that are inducted with a major community event each year. The exhibit includes interactive video stations that feature insightful biographies on each inductee; loads of artifacts and photographic content, and the remarkable story of sports and their importance in Racine County’s history. Racine County Sports Hall of Fame

AND MUCH MORE

Appreciate the unique spirit of our community through stories of remarkable individuals like astronaut Laurel Clark and the waves of immigration that enrich our diverse and inventive community and more!

Racine Community Foundation