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OWLs Fly to Sparta

  • 200 West Main Street Sparta, WI, 54656 United States (map)

Our March outing will be a trip back in space and time. We will travel to Sparta to visit the Monroe County History Museum and the Deke Slayton Space and Bicycle Museum, which happen to be in the same building. The Monroe County Museum offers history exhibits and special programs. Permanent exhibits and changing displays illustrate past lives and experiences of Monroe County people, pioneer history, agriculture, military history, industry, business and the home. The Deke Slayton Museum is a “Progression of Transportation” with artifacts ranging from bicycles to planes to space memorabilia. Sparta is the bicycling capital of America. The museum has over 100 bicycles on display that span the history of bicycling throughout the centuries. They also have dozens of model planes, including a model of the Wright Brothers’ first plane and a real 1932 Pietenpol airplane hanging from the ceiling of the museum gallery. The collection of space memorabilia includes artifacts (even a moon rock) from Sparta native Deke Slayton who was one of America’s first astronauts. The history museum is on the ground floor and the Deke Slayton is up one flight of stairs. We will have a guided tour of the Deke Slayton Museum. After the museums, we will have scrumptious lunch at a local restaurant. We will leave the church at 9:30am on Monday, March 19. Cost of the Deke Slayton Museum is $5, lunch is on your own. We will be back at the church before 3pm. Please contact Brian Narveson at or 608-526-9700 by noon Sunday, March 18, if you plan to attend.

Earlier Event: March 18
Tour the First Teen Clothes Closet
Later Event: March 23
Take a Walk (Through Holy Week)