A new landmark showcasing Manitowoc's heritage will be enjoyed for generations to come and residents have 1960 Lincoln High School alumnus R.T. ("Skip") Wallen to thank for it.
Wallen, an internationally known sculptor and wildlife artist, created the "Spirit of the Rivers" bronze monument installed in the past month at 4815 Memorial Drive, Two Rivers near the Manitowoc-Two Rivers border. The 30-ton sculpture features a 10-foot tall Native American couple foraging a 20-foot tall birch bark canoe and being greeted ashore by an elder. The monument is lit at night and surrounded by commemorative bricks listing private donors who helped make the nine-year, $1 million project a reality. A dedication ceremony was held Sunday, Sept. 16.
Wallen, 76, was born and raised in Manitowoc and his mother was a secretary for the School Board. After graduating from Lincoln and UW-Madison, Wallen moved to Alaska where he worked as a wildlife biologist and famous artist.
Manitowoc Lincoln is grateful and proud that R.T. Wallen is one of our alumni!!
See great photos and a Herald Times Reporter story from Sunday's dedication ceremony. Learn more on the Spirit of the Rivers Facebook page and in this HTR cover story and videos. Photos are courtesy of the Spirit of the Rivers Facebook page.
Monument at night; Joe Metzen (left) congratulates R.T. Wallen on his legacy hometown project.
Come see the NEW Rubick Field on Thursday, August 23 as we honor and recognize the key donors who made this historic renovation project possible. One Community, One Field!
We are deeply grateful for the local businesses, organizations and individuals who stepped forward in our community to privately support this project and raise more than $750,000. See all donors here. A special thanks goes to Aurora Health Care and Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Baycare Clinic; West Foundation; and Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Our student athletes, marching band, cheerleaders and dance team are excited to use the new turf field and improvements such as new east side bleachers, new lights and a refurbished track.
We invite you to join us for our Rubick Field Recognition Night and related events:
- 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Soccer - Ships vs. Green Bay West
- 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. For Key Donors: BBQ Style Dinner & Refreshments, Field Tours
- 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Thank You Plaque Distribution
- 6:45 p.m. Speakers, National Anthem
- 7:00 p.m. Football – Ships vs. Green Bay Preble
Let's fill the stands and be proud of this first-class venue for the Lakeshore and our community! We look forward to seeing you there.
The greater Manitowoc community and Lincoln High School suffered a major loss with the passing this month of Ronald Kaminski, 75, Lincoln alumnus, lawyer, actor, musician, businessman and all-around Manitowoc civic booster.
The statue of President Abraham Lincoln in front of LHS? Thank Ron and the Class of 1961 which Ron led as class president. The revival and restoration of the Capitol Civic Centre? Wouldn't have happened without Ron's help. The opening of the Little Sandwich Theater and The Sting bar and grill with its Jazz Arts Festival? Credit again to Ron's vision and hard work.
Read more about Ron's legacy in this Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter story.
"Ron will be sorely missed," community volunteer Tom Drill told HTR. "No one, in this community that we love, has done as much as Ron did to raise the community up."
A memorial service for Kaminski, who died July 9, was held at July 24 at the Capitol Civic Centre. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.pfefferfuneralhome.com.
After more than a year of volunteer efforts and private fundraising, the renovation of our historic community Rubick Field will be "unveiled" at a Recognition Night event August 23.
Major donors who made the project possible - including new east side bleachers, new lights, a refurbished track and new turf field - will be honored at 5 p.m. in the south end zone.
At 7 p.m. the Lincoln SHIPS varsity football team will take on Green Bay Preble at the home opener at Rubick Field.
Join us to see the improvements and cheer on our players!! #ShipsPride!