Wisconsin State Historical
Compiled and Edited by Michael R.
Online Exhibits, Resources and Collections
General Wisconsin History
Local Historical Societies & Libraries
- For a list of Wisconsin local historical societies on the Web,
visit the Local
Haass Public Library
- Maude Shunk Public Library -
Menomonee Falls, WI.
- The Wisconsin Historical Society, the University of Wisconsin System, and
the Superior Public Library cooperate in a network of Area Research Centers
located at UW campus libraries throughout the state, at the Northern Great
Lakes Visitor Center and at the Superior Public Library. Each Area Research
Center serves a specific geographic region. Records created in and focused
on the region served by a particular ARC are housed permanently at the
appropriate Center. The Society maintains a courier service which allows
members of the network to borrow collections housed elsewhere for use by
their local patrons.
Golda Meir Library, Room W250
PO Box 604
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0604
Hours: Contact the Milwaukee
Urban Archives for current hours of operation.
The ARC is a cooperative effort of the University and
the Wisconsin Historical Society to preserve historical
records in a five-county area and to make them available
to researchers. These counties are:
Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Washington,
University students and faculty, local historians,
researchers, and genealogists are encouraged to use the
More than 100 series of local government public records
include the tax rolls from Milwaukee County (1868-1970)
and from Waukesha County (1848-1940), Village of Greendale
board minutes and incorporation papers (1938-1966), and
extensive Town of Milwaukee records (1846-1955).
The ARC holds over 500 collections of papers and
records produced by private organizations and individuals.
Among them are the Henry S. Reuss Papers (1959-1982); the
Lloyd Barbee papers (1933-1982); Milwaukee-Downer College
Records (1852-1964); City Club of Milwaukee records
(1909-1969); United Community Services of Greater
Milwaukee Records (1903-1966); and the records of the
International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 311
(1906-1967). The ARC also holds many other personal,
family, business, and organizational records and papers.
ARC holdings are described in a published Guide to
Archival and Manuscript Collections in the Milwaukee Urban
Archives (1994). More detailed research tools at the
ARC include registers and inventories for larger
collections and an online catalog listing of all holdings.
Other specialized finding aids include the Register of
Records of the Henry W. Maier Administration (1960-1988)
(1993); Guide to the Records of the Chancellor's Office
at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1995) and the Guide
to the Henry S. Reuss Papers (1995). The ARC also has
published guides to the holdings of the State Historical
Network Transfer Provisions
It is possible to transfer most materials from the
Wisconsin Historical Society to the ARCs, and between ARCs.
This service makes available in Milwaukee one of the
nation's richest collections. Requests for temporary
transfers of materials should be made to the curator of
the Milwaukee ARC.
Related research resources in the Golda Meir Library
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee archives; the Fromkin
Memorial Collection on the quest for social justice in
America (1865-1940); the American Geographical Society map
collection; the UWM Manuscript Collection, including the
Kwasniewski Photo Collection (1907-1947) consisting of
more than 30,000 prints and glass plate negatives from the
Polish Community and Milwaukee's south-side; as well as
rare books and other special collections.
Urban Archives has a website. Check here for more
Historical Societies near
the Sussex - Lisbon Area
(Information below from the Wisconsin State Historical Society
Compiled and Edited by Michael R.
Elmbrook Historical Society (SE)
P.O. Box 292
Brookfield, WI, 53008-0292
Web site: http://www.elmbrookhistoricalsociety.org/
* Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum
1075 Pilgrim Pkwy, Brookfield, 53005
Phone: (262) 782-6312 (tour chair)
Open May-Oct, First and Third Sundays, 1-4pm.
Advance reservations requested for group
tours. Special children's tours.
* William Donaldson House Visitors Center
* Blacksmith Wagon Shop, Smoke House & Ice House
Note: As of November 2014, the Board of
Directors voted to dissolve the Society
Hartland Historical Society (SE)
P.O. Box 54
Hartland, WI, 53029
* Hartland Depot
22 Pawling Avenue, Hartland
Hawks Inn Historical Society (SE)
P.O. Box 180104
Delafield, WI, 53018
Web site: www.hawksinn.org
* Hawks Inn
426 Wells Street, Delafield
Phone: (262) 646-4794
Open May-Oct, Saturdays, 1-4pm.
Group tours by appointment.
* 1846 Greek Revival Stage Coach Inn
Authentically restored 18 room inn, furnished with Federal, American Empire,
and early Victorian Antiques. On national Register of Historic Sites.
Menomonee Falls Historical Society (SE)
P.O. Box 91
Menomonee Falls, WI, 53052
Web site: www.shoppingthevillage.com/history.htm
* Old Falls Village Museum
N96 W15791 County Line Road, Menomonee Falls, 53051
Phone: (262) 250-5096
Open May-Sept, Sat & Sun, 1-4pm and by appointment.
Muskego Historical Society
Jerry Hulbert, President
W180 S8100 Racine Avenue
PO Box 137
Muskego, WI 53150
New Berlin Historical Society (SE)
Email: [email protected]
* New Berlin Historical Museum
19765 West National Avenue, New Berlin, 53146
Phone: (262) 542-3643 (Tour Chair)
Open 1-4pm, call for days. Special group tour appointments. Special open
houses: July 29, Ice Cream Social; Sept 7 Historic Day; Oct 5, Applefest.
Oconomowoc Historical Society (SE)
P. O. Box 969
Oconomowoc, WI, 53066-0969
Web site: www.oconomowoc.org/Library/Outreach.htm
* Oconomowoc and Lake Country Museum
103 West Jefferson Street, Oconomowoc, 53066-0969
Phone: (262) 569-0740
Open to general public early May to mid-December, Fri-Sun, 1-5 pm.. Open
year-round by appointment.
Pewaukee Area Historical Society (SE)
P.O. Box 105
Pewaukee, WI, 53072
206 East Wisconsin Avenue, Pewaukee, 53072
Phone: (262) 691-0233
Open June-Sept, Sun, 1-4pm, year-round, Wed, 7-9pm, or by appointment.
Sussex Antique Power Association, Inc.
Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum (SE)
101 West Main Street
Waukesha, WI, 53186-4811
Phone: (262) 521-2859
Fax: (262) 521-2865
* Waukesha County Museum
101 West Main Street, Waukesha, 53186-4811
Phone: (262) 521-2859
Fax: (262) 521-2865
Open all year except major holidays, Tues-Sat, 10am-4:30pm.
Call for Research Center hours.
Waukesha Engine Historical Society (SE)
1000 West St. Paul Avenue
Waukesha, WI, 53188
* Historical Room
1000 West St. Paul Avenue, Waukesha, 53188
Phone: (262) 542-3930 (President)
Open by request.
East Central Region
Germantown Historical Society (EC)
P.O. Box 31
Germantown, WI, 53022
Our Museum is not named after the Society. It is shown by name below. We are
located in the Dheinsville
Historic Park at the convergence of Holy Hill Road, Maple
Avenue and Fond du Lac
Avenue (Hwy 145).
Christ Church Museum
Open Sundays Only, June 1 - Oct. 1
Jeffris Research Library/Valentine Wolf Haus
Open Wed. and Sunday, June 1 - Oct. 1
Bast Bell Museum
Open Wed. through Sunday, April 1 - Nov. 1
[email protected] or see
"Snail-mail" at the address above
(262) 628-3170 (Voicemail is available at any time.)
Richfield Historical Society (EC)
P.O. Box 268
Richfield, WI, 53076
* Mayer's Mill
Annual Thresheree, September 21 & 22.
Mill under restoration. For more information, call (262) 628-1074
Washington County Historical Society (EC)
320 South Fifth Avenue
West Bend, WI, 53095-3333
Web site: www.historyisfun.com
* Old Jailhouse
340 South Fifth Avenue, West Bend, 53095
Built in 1886.
* Old Courthouse Square Museum
320 South Fifth Avenue, West Bend, 53095
Phone: (262) 335-4678
Open Wed-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sun, 1-4pm for tours.
Built in 1889.
Research and business offices on third floor.
Milwaukee Metropolitan Region
Milwaukee County Historical Society (M)
910 North Old World Third Street
Milwaukee, WI, 53203
Web site: www.milwaukeecountyhistsoc.org
* Milwaukee County Historical Center
910 North Old World Third Street, Milwaukee
Phone: (414) 273-8288
Open all year except major holidays, Mon-Fri,
9:30am-5pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sundays, 1-5pm.
* Lowell Damon House
* Jeremiah Curtin House
* Kilbourntown House
For more historical societies in this Region please click here.
Others in the Wisconsin
Local Historical Society Directory
(From the Wisconsin State
Historical Society website)
Historical Society of Wisconsin www.shsw.wisc.edu
Wisconsin Veterans Museum
Waukesha County GenWeb
located at www.linkstothepast.com/waukesha
Genealogy located at www.linkstothepast.com/milwaukee
Veterans located at www.linkstothepast.com/saw
History of the Great
Lakes-Captains, Shipping, Lighthouse Keepers and Marine Biographies located at www.linkstothepast.com/marine
Manitowoc County GenWeb
located at www.2manitowoc.com
Historical Marker Database -
Public Museum www.mpm.edu
History Net www.thehistorynet.com
Lannon, Village of
Emergency Management Agency
Sussex Area Outreach Services