Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, Inc.

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Updated 05/29/2015

Recent additions to website:   Calendar of Events
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We now accept monetary donations online using PayPal, see link to your left side Monetary Donations

   You may now chose to join, or renew your SLAHS membership using your PayPal account, credit, or debit card. Please use the following link to make a secure on-line payment.

    Fundraiser Letter and  Buy A Brick Donation Give us a Click!

Local Music History Index - Learn about and contribute to the area's rich music history

Taverns & Saloons an Index: Taverns & Saloons to local area businesses and histories

Redford Family Index to Images, Photographs, and Articles -Page 3 which includes Van Vlack family.

Teen Center at Sussex Civic Center, Old Orchard School Location

Ashlar Lodge #193 - Masonic is For Sale!

NEW Sussex Village Hall:   Civic Center and YMCA Plans

SLAHS Reference Book and Magazine Library We have been inventorying our reference library books and magazines; these are available at the Depot Museum for your use. Watch as the list grows!

Land O' Lakes Baseball History - Martin C. Weber Also read Sussex Baseball and Index to Sports: Land O'Lakes Baseball and Lannon Baseball, Land O' Lakes, and More

UPDATED Library History - 1915 to Present: Catch-up with the controversy!

Original Library Agreement between Sussex and Lisbon

Sussex (Lisbon Township) Brewery History - "NEW INFORMATION" Orig Owners/Builders Identified. Updated March 20, 2014

James Weaver and Hops - the rise of an industry

The Lisbon Plank Road Came from Early Indian Trails and Oxen Wagon Roads - History of the FIRST planked road in the Territory of Wisconsin.

Hop Growing History in Lisbon, Waukesha County, and Wisconsin updated May 26, 2013

The next four articles are works in progress:

The Taverns and Stages of Early Waukesha County, Wisconsin with particular emphasis on those in the Town of Lisbon

Indians: Local - Arrowheads and Artifacts - "Indians Were Here First!"

Pages from the Past - Need volunteers to help in transcribing past columns. Updated 1/15/2014. Thank you Sarah!

The SLAHS Quarterly Meeting will be Thursday June 11, 2015 at 6:30 PM at the Sussex Waukesha State Bank on State Road 164. The Civic Center architect will give a 3-D presentation on the new building and our intended leased space. Starts promptly at 6:30pm!

The General Membership, present at the December meeting, voted and accepted a new Mission Statement for our Society. See

Current Exhibit is ‘Taverns and Saloons - A Local History of Brewing ’. open Saturday, Saaturday 11th, 1-4pm. Also see Index: Taverns & Saloons

If you have breweriana advertising/memorabilia from the local Sussex-Lisbon, Lannon area saloons/taverns, that you like to donate, or to share, please contact Mike Reilly at 414-530-3121, or write to our SLAHS email at

A new exhibit in "Fred's Room"! Celebrating Land O' Lakes Baseball in Lannon and Sussex/Lisbon. Looking for old jerseys, caps, bats, mitts, umpire equipment, trophies, pennants, team photos and news articles. Note: In 7 yrs will be 100th Anniversary of Founding!

(The Depot Museum will be open every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 1 to 4 PM. [January thru March by appointment only; call Fred Keller 262-246-3603] Admission $4.00, children 10 and under Free.

Museum Memorial Garden: We are in need of volunteers to care for the flowers and trees. Please call June Keller (262) 246-3603 if interested in helping.

At the March 11, 2015 Annual Meeting held at the Waukesha State Bank meeting room, the following were elected or re-elected Officers: President: Michael Reilly; Vice-President: Roger Johnson; Secretary: Susan Haasch; Treasurer: Donna Zimmermann; Directors: Sarah Pichler [new filling one yr of Bob Schlei's 3=yr term], Peter Sparrow, Sonny Mehringer.

    If you are interested in contributing to this website's content, cemetery and newspaper transcriptions, individual/family history, early stories of the area/people/businesses, etc., please contact Mike Reilly Note: To make your contributions easier to add, please consider submitting them by email, email attachment, or CD, audio DVD, or SD.

About your: Historian Fred Keller, click on Fred Keller: A Man For All Seasons and also Fred H. Keller and His Collection - Sussex Sun articles about his collection and the beginning of a local historical society.

About your: Website Editor & Webmaster: Michael R. Reilly (Mike)    (510) pages of local historical information currently See us grow!

The Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, Inc. is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the collection and preservation of historically significant artifacts, pictures, stories, and similar materials from the Sussex and Lisbon area (Lannon, Colgate, Lake Five, Marcy, Merton, Pewaukee, Menomonee Falls, and Butler). The Society held organizational meetings in mid 2001, and formally announced intentions for official formation as a non-profit corporation in November 2001. The Society is affiliated with the Wisconsin State Historical Association as a local society.

The Society has an open membership policy, welcoming all interested parties to join for a nominal fee. Annual memberships are for the calendar year beginning on January 1 of each year. Lifetime memberships are also available for a fee. 

You may now chose to join, or renew your SLAHS membership using your PayPal account, credit, or debit card.


Board of Directors Meeting: Depot Museum, 6:30 PM on 8/6/15, 11/5/15. Note: Additional meetings may be announced.

Exhibit Committee Meeting: Members will be called when needed for date, location and times.

SLAHS Planning & Steering Committee: next meetings: at Depot Museum, Wednesdays at 6:30pm on 6/10/15, 6/24/15, 7/8/15. 7/22/15. 8/12/15, and 8/26/15. Meetings will continue every other Wednesday night.

SLAHS Volunteer Workday: After Spring April 11, 2015 opening: The Museum will be open every Wednesday of the month from 1:00 to 7:00 PM until November 30, 2015.

Normal Hours of Operation:  (The Depot Museum will be open every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 1 to 4 PM. January thru March by appointment only; call Fred Keller 262-246-3603)) Admission $4.00, children 10 and under Free.

Building & Grounds Meeting: Meetings will be called when needed.

Newsletter articles due: 7/31/15.

Newsletter Mailed: 8/10/15.

Sussex 4th of July: Kiddie Parade, 9:30am; Fireworks preshow, 7pm; Fireworks, 9:20pm at Sussex Village Park.

Lisbon Heritage Days: Aug 8 & 9, 2015, Lisbon Community Park


We ask that when visiting the museum to please park more at the Piggly Wiggly, or across the street at library, or village hall parking lots. We want to be good neighbors and not crowd our new neighbors out, or their customers from being able to park on their own property. Thank you .


Thomas Spencer Redford

1st to Stake a Claim in Lisbon Township


The Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, Inc.'s museum is located at:

N63 W23791 Main St., Sussex, WI. 53089 (The Depot Museum will be open every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 1 to 4 PM. January thru March by appointment only; call Fred Keller 262-246-3603)) Admission $4.00, children 10 and under Free.

Telephone: Contact Fred Keller

Correspondence should be addressed to :

Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, Inc.  (or SLAHS)

P. O. Box 32

Sussex, WI. 53089-0032

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