Meet the Watson Family!

watson familySully and Susanna Watson took their family from the oppressive conditions of antebellum Virginia in 1834 and, after several years in Ohio, arrived in Milwaukee in 1850.

Through skilled labor and business entrepreneurship, the couple played a vital role in establishing Milwaukee’s black middle class.

Stop by the replica Watson House in the Streets of Old Milwaukee for this interactive program exploring the Watson’s family history through images and objects that illustrate this vibrant era in the city’s black heritage.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in February from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Monday, February 19 (President's Day) from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (see below for additional details)

Free for MPM members and with general admission.

Additional President's Day Programming:

Are you up to the challenge? Paleontologists often need to make quick identifications out in the field. Join Educator Cody and take our challenge to see if you can correctly identify what's a fossil and what's not!

For us Wisconsinites, snow is a part of life for a few months out of the year. For native people living along the Arctic Circle, snow is almost a way of life -- pretty much all the time. In this activity, we explore the lives of indigenous people of the Arctic region through their language, and the many different words they use for types of snow. Create your own vocabulary for something important in your life, and learn why language is such a fascinating tool for understanding other cultures.