After members of the local communities met, the Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, Inc., or SLAHS, was formed, and immediately sought a suitable location to be used as a museum to hold and exhibit Fred’s massive collection, which started back in 1946 when he was only 14 years old.
Come See Our Exhibits!
Music Polka and Dance
Land O Lakes Baseball
Music Rock n Roll
Local Notable Women
Music Polka and DanceJoin with us to view local Sussex-Lisbon-Menomonee Falls music history; from polka and dance to rock n' roll. The Museum is building a collection of Wisconsin based recording studios and their vinyl record labels. The collection will expand to include cassettes, CD's and digital audio media.
KewpieKewpie is a brand of dolls and figurines that were conceived as comic strip characters by cartoonist Rose O'Neill. The Mammoth Springs Canning Company in Templeton/Sussex licensed the Kewpie character to use on many forms of business advertising. Historian Fred Keller accumulated a large collection of this memorabilia housed within the Museum.
MasonicIn 2015, the Sussex based Ashlar Masonic Lodge was torn down for expanded parking space for a nearby building. The Lodge began in 1874, and members built the structure in the 1920s. Lack of membership growth caused dissolution of the Lodge and subsequent building sale. Come see the many artifacts save before its destruction.
Music Rock n RollJoin with us to view local Sussex-Lisbon-Menomonee Falls music history; from polka and dance to rock n' roll. The Museum is building a collection of Wisconsin based recording studios and their vinyl record labels. This collection will expand to include cassettes, CD's and digital audio media.
Native AmericanThe Sussex-Lisbon-Lannon area has a rich Native American history that is once again being explored. Our projectile point [spear points and arrowheads] collections are growing. Come see early stone tools found locally, 1950s Wisconsin Dells memorabilia, and the efforts of a Boy Scout in the late 1940s who crafted an Indian dress and tools to earn his Eagle Scout award.
RailroadOur area had three major railway lines coming thru the area, beginning in the early 1880s, with the third one completed in 1911. See Milwaukee Road [now the famous Bug Line], Chicago & North Western, and Wisconsin Central aka SOO Line memorabilia and history.
FossilsOur Museum is fortunate to house a collection of fossils found in local quarry mining operations. Recently other fossils have been discovered in farmers' rock piles from the time when the area was covered by warm salt water sea.
Local Notable WomenLocal women were often times ignored for their accomplishments in life; not so any more in our area. Two women are chosen each year to be represented and praised in our Local Notable Women Wall of Fame exhibit. Each exhibit is up for six months.