Old World Wisconsin will host a food drive on Oct. 28, offering free museum admission to each guest who donates four (or more) non-perishable food items. All donations will go to the Food Pantry of Waukesha County.
Museum director Dan Freas sought out this partnership as a way for Old World Wisconsin to give back to the community at the end of the regular daily operating season. Freas saw an immediate connection with the museum of rural immigrant life: "Autumn is a time to bring in the harvest. Wisconsin's original settlers would have been stocking up for the coming winter. In that spirit, we are hoping that our communities will help us to fill the shelves of those in in need. This is the first time we're offering this program, and our hope is that its success will help us to make it an annual event."
The Food Pantry of Waukesha County serves up to 100 households each day, distributing almost 2,500 cans, boxes, and units of food. Freas' optimism is apparent; his hope is that generous visitors will donate at least enough to supply one day's needs for the organization.
Hours and Regular Admission
The museum is open from 11 am-5 pm this date. Regular museum admission is: Adults $16; children (5-17) $9 (children under 5 are free); students and senior citizens (65 and over) $14; family (two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17) $43.