history is so much a part of the Manitowoc/Two Rivers area.
The tradition of quality theater, embodied by the Capitol
complex, is no less important in the fabric of lakefront life.
Add excellent library facilities, fascinating art and glorious
architecture, and you'll see why Manitowoc/Two Rivers residents
feel they have a cultural atmosphere to be proud of.
Centerpiece of the cultural environment in Manitowoc is the
Capitol Civic Centre complex, anchored by the renovated Capitol
Theatre, which opened in 1921. A community theater group called
The Masquers led the drive to save the old theater, donating
$50,000 toward purchase and restoration. The amount was matched
by Mrs. Helen Schuette, leading to the formation of The Society
to Preserve the Capitol.
Two properties adjacent to the theater were purchased and
incorporated into the complex, providing meeting and reception
facilities. The "Jewel on the Lakeshore" is now home to 14
community arts, music and theater groups and houses the Kadow
Movie Museum, a collection of photographs autographed by Hollywood
stars. Capitol Civic Centre's facilities have also been the
venue for touring shows, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and
the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Wisconsin Maritime Museum - Featuring the history of shipping
on the Great Lakes, World War II submarine, maritime collection
Rogers Street Fishing Village - This site features commercial
fishing craft, a lighthouse from the 1880s and original fishing
shanties, helping to recreate the historic fishing culture
of the 19th century. The site includes the U.S. Coast Guard
exhibit, to tell the story of storms and shipwrecks, and the
daring rescues by Coast Guard personnel.
Washington House - dating from the 1800s, this historic hotel
building has been restored to house a museum and ice cream
parlor, under the supervision of the Two Rivers Historical
Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum - Also under the auspices
of the Two Rivers Historical Society, this museum features
wood type and presses showing how the printing industry operated
many years ago.
Vilas Mansion - One of Manitowoc's finest old homes was restored
to house the area's first art museum, the Rahr-West Art Museum,
with a collection of American paintings, arts and crafts,
antique dolls and more.
Valders - The ethnic center celebrates its Norwegian heritage.
One activity is a parade featuring a "Viking ship" float.
Zunker's Antique Car Museum - Dozens of old cars, antique
motor bikes and bicycles and more.
of the cultural environment in Manitowoc is the Capitol
Civic Centre complex, anchored by the renovated Capitol
Theatre, which opened in 1921.