150th Anniversary of the City of Manitowoc

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The City of Manitowoc is Celebrating 150 years in 2020!

The Manitowoc Creed

I believe in Manitowoc and its possibilities and I shall do my part to make it a better place in which to live.
I believe in good government for Manitowoc, and I will assume my share of the civic responsibility that rests on the shoulders of all of our citizens.
I believe in supporting local enterprises that make for community development, and shall contribute my moral support and energy to any worthy cause championed by them.
I believe in patronizing home merchants, for they are greatly responsible for our having good schools and churches, better roads and promotion of the general welfare of this community.
I believe in making Manitowoc clean and attractive, for a healthy atmosphere is an inducement to honest and right-thinking citizens.
I believe in boosting my hometown at every possible opportunity; that thinking, talking and acting progress is the quickest and surest way to bring permanent prosperity to Manitowoc
– the best city in America –
Because it is MY HOME!
This is our creed.  Make it yours!

What’s happening so far?

Manitowoc_150th-2-FullColorLogo Contest
In 2019, a logo contest was held to determine what the logo commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the City would look like. Several entries were received, and the winning entry was created by Anita Stietz, a resident of the City of Manitowoc.  Anita did a beautiful job of bringing in the elements that have made our City great...the shore of Lake Michigan, the lighthouse, industry, business, a nautical theme, and the color of our existing logo.

WFRVManitowoc Prepares for its 150th Anniversary
Wed. January 15th, 2020
CLICK HERE to view the interviews WFRV-TV 5’s John Domol did with Assistant to the Mayor Stacey Groll and Executive Director of the Manitowoc County Historical Society, Amy Meyer.  John also meets up with the owner of one of the original businesses to sign the Manitowoc Creed back in 1926.


WFRV150th Anniversary Interview with Mayor Justin Nickels
Tues. January 21st, 2020
CLICK HERE to view Mayor Justin Nickels’ interview with Nate Stewart and Chelly Boutott about the City’s 150th Anniversary courtesy of WFRV-TV 5.  Mayor Nickels talks about plans for 2020, as well as updates on developments in several areas of the community.



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The Manitowoc Creed
Printed in the Manitowoc newspaper in 1926, local business owners created this creed and took out a full page ad to promote it.  The Manitowoc Creed serves as a powerful reminder as to what it means to be a good citizen of our community.  Click here to view a photo of the original Creed, and CLICK HERE to download a version to print and hang in your local business!
The Chamber of Manitowoc County LogoThe Manitowoc Creed Signing - The Chamber of Manitowoc County’s Awards of Distinction!
Tues. February 11th, 2020
The Coolest Coast caught some footage of some of the Manitowoc greats signing the Creed!  Click here to check it out!


manitowoc county historical society logoLetters for Tomorrow
Being collected now through April 2020
Partnering with the Manitowoc County Historical Society, we’re collecting Letters for Tomorrow, which will be added to Manitowoc’s 150th Anniversary time capsule, which will be opened in March, 2070.  For more information, to participate, and to download the special stationary to submit your letter:  CLICK HERE.  If you’d like to see the article in the Herald Times Reporter regarding Letters for Tomorrow, check out this link!

manitowoc county historical society logoArchivist in a Backpack
Available for checkout at the Manitowoc County Historical Society
The Manitowoc County Historical Society has created kits for novice archivists to use to share the stories of the Manitowoc community.  The kits contain recording equipment, oral history how-to guides, interview question cards and a training guide. For more information about how to reserve one of these, CLICK HERE.  If you’d like to see the article in the Herald Times Reporter regarding Archivist in a Backpack, check out this link!

manitowoc county historical society logoImages of Historic Manitowoc
Thurs. March 19th, 2020 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn - Manitowoc
Look back at historic Manitowoc with photos and postcard images depicting the founding, settlement, and entrepreneurial growth of the City of Manitowoc.  Learn about the history of Manitowoc through images, led by local historian Ed Prigge.  
Click here to register for this event!

WOMTCity of Manitowoc Trivia
Running Weekly Beginning the last week of March through the end of the year!
The City of Manitowoc has teamed up with WOMT Radio to bring you trivia about your favorite city!  Be sure to tune in each week for the opportunity to share your knowledge and win a commemorative ornament from the City of Manitowoc and WOMT Radio! (ornaments designed and produced locally by Manitowoc Trophy!)


Manitowoc Public Library"A POTUS Comes to Manitowoc"
Mon. April 27th, 2020 from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Balkansky Community Room at the Manitowoc Public Library
Former Mayor Kevin Crawford will provide a behind-the-scenes look at Former President Barack Obama’s visit to Manitowoc to, among other things, tour the Orion facility.


Manitowoc Public LibraryDowntown Manito-Walk: Historic 8th Street Walking Tour
Join library staff as they explore the historic buildings on 8th street in downtown Manitowoc. Registration is required. Limit of 20 people per tour. Please register individually for the tours! Tour starts at Manitowoc Public Library. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to walking tour. Please note, this is a walking tour of Downtown Manitowoc, and you will need to be able to withstand walking and standing for over an hour.
Sat. June 13th, 2020 at 11 a.m.
Sat. June 20th, 2020 at 11 a.m.
Sat. July 11th, 2020 at 11 a.m.
Sat. July 25th, 2020 at 11 a.m.
Sat. August 15th, 2020 at 11 a.m.
Sat. August 29th, 2020 at 11 a.m.
Sat. September 12th, 2020 at 11 a.m.
Sat. September 26th, 2020 at 11 a.m.


Manitowoc Public LibrarySnapshots: A Pictorial History of the Manitowoc Police Department
Thur. July 16th, 2020 at 6 p.m. in the Balkansky Community Room at Manitowoc Public Library
Presenter Jeff Seidl will give us a glimpse of the Manitowoc Police Department and how it’s evolved through the decades.

Sponsored by:  Manitowoc County Historical Society and the Manitowoc Public Library

More coming soon as events are confirmed: Stay Tuned!