History Comes Alive in Sheboygan
The Wisconsin Naval Ship Association, Inc. (WINSA) is a charitable organization whose mission is to honor honor veterans and their service, while educating our future generations in military history, with special attention to math and sciences.
"No Parking" Notification
Please note parking will not be allowed under the canopy by the front door. We recommend you park on New Jersey Avenue by St. Cyril Church (please note it is a one-way). Or, you can park on 8th Street. We apologize for this inconvenience.
Museum Grand Opening
We eagerly anticipate the grand opening of the Military Heritage Museum and Education Center next summer. Located at the corner of 8th Street and Riverfront Drive in Sheboygan, the museum will have educational programs for students and also serve as a repository for every branch of the military. Military memorabilia (mess kits, dog tags, metals, uniforms, etc) is now being accepted for loan or donation from veterans and veterans' families, as well as monetary donations. Contact us for more info.
USS Constitution Model
WINSA is pleased to accept a 5' model of the USS Constitution. The ship model was originally built by Floyd Lach. It has been donated by niece Betty Nalow.Both Floyd and his wife Virginia served in the US Navy. The kit, that this model was built from, was a wedding anniversary gift from Virginia to her husband. It took a year to complete, using materials that included: wood, string, glue; paint, stencils, tweezers, razor blades, etc. Learn more about the history of the USS Constitution.
The Naval Museum and Education Center has been renamed to the Military Heritage Museum and Education Center to better reflect all armed services.
Blue Harbor Aquarium Donation
The Wisconsin Naval Ship Association were very pleased to accept an aquarium donation from Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center. The large 6x6 aquarium was previously located inside Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center . The WINSA Board is excited to see the business community embrace what will be an incredible asset to Sheboygan County both as a tourism attraction and as an educational facility adding to the economic vitality of the Downtown Sheboygan area. View press release.
Sheboygan's Military Heritage Museum and Education Center
The center will highlight Sheboygan’s maritime and patriotic heritage. It will include a museum to honor combatants, veterans of all services and Wisconsin’s Naval Heritage.
WINSA supports two Sea Cadet programs which introduce American boys and girls to naval life in an effort to develop personal pride, patriotism, courage, and self-reliance. The TS Abingdon cadets are the Navy League Cadet Corp (NLCC) and are for 11 to 14 year youth. The Navy Sea Cadets (NSCC), Vollrath Division are for 14 to 18 year olds. Sea Cadets are authorized by the Secretary of the Navy to wear Navy uniforms appropriately marked with the Sea Cadet Corps insignia. The NLCC drill on the first and third Saturday of the month at the Aviation Heritage Center (Sheboygan County Airport) while the NSCC are just now being formed now.
Wisconsin Naval Ship Association | Sheboygan, Wisconsin | (920) 254-8777