Silver Lake College’s alumna Alexandra Brendemuehl enjoys sharing local history

Posted On August 07, 2017

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By Suzanne Weiss/Director of Public Relations

MANITOWOC, Wis.On any given day, one might find Silver Lake College alumna Alexandra Brendemuehl of Two Rivers dressed as a pioneer school teacher or storekeeper or printer.

She is program coordinator at the Manitowoc County Historical Society, which operates Pinecrest Historical Village, an outdoor, 60-acre interpretive museum of local history located just minutes west of Manitowoc.

“Alex has been a tremendous asset in building our public and school programs,” said Amy Meyer, executive director of the Manitowoc County Historical Society. Alexandra Brendemuehl cropped.jpg

Brendemuehl’s office is on the second floor of the McAllister House, a white 1870s Greek Revival-style farmhouse that serves as the welcome center for thousands of visitors each year. 

She learned about the job from one of her professors while attending Silver Lake College. The spring 2017 summa cum laude graduate double-majored in history and English. The small class sizes and individualized attention she received at Silver Lake College helped her discover her passion for those subjects. 

Brendemuehl puts that passion to good use in her job. She writes a regular history column in the Herald Times Reporter in addition to her other duties, which include scheduling Pinecrest’s educational programs and tours, organizing volunteers, and arranging for special programs. And yes, re-enacting life at the turn-of-the-last century so that visitors can get a realistic look at life in the late 1800s.

“We have people from all over the United States stop by," she said. "It’s neat to hear their personal connections to Pinecrest Historical Village.”

Her own connection to the village started early.

“My parents were married out here,” Brendemuehl said. “My brother repainted one of the buildings as part of an Eagle Scout project. I enjoyed Civil War re-enactments here as a kid.”

Now, she is part of the historical fun at the village, which includes the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, the Mid-Lakes Thresheree, Christmas at Pinecrest, Storybook Village and more.

“I like the educational aspect of my work, passing on my love of history to the next generation,” she said. 

PHOTO CREDIT: Center photo courtesy Manitowc County Historical Society