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Wisconsin State HistoricalSociety Resources

Compiled and Edited by Michael R.Reilly

Last Revised 08/15/2015

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 History Directory
  • Pauline 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.Milwaukee Urban Archives
    Golda Meir Library, Room W250
    PO Box 604
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Milwaukee, WI 53201-0604Phone: 414/229-5402

    Hours:  Contact the Milwaukee Urban Archives for current hours of operation.

    Tim Ericson

    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, and Waukesha.

    University students and faculty, local historians, researchers, and genealogists are encouraged to use the center.


    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.

    Finding Aids

    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 Society.

    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.

    The Milwaukee Urban Archives has a website. Check here for more information.

    Historical Societies nearthe Sussex – Lisbon Area

    (Information below from the Wisconsin State Historical Societywebsite)

    Compiled and Edited by Michael R.Reilly

    Last Revised 08/15/2015

    Southeastern Region

    Elmbrook Historical Society (SE)
    P.O. Box 292
    Brookfield, WI, 53008-0292
    Web site:

    * 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 SocietyHartland Historical Society (SE)
    P.O. Box 54
    Hartland, WI, 53029

    * Hartland Depot
    22 Pawling Avenue, Hartland
    Under restoration.

    Hawks Inn Historical Society (SE)
    P.O. Box 180104
    Delafield, WI, 53018
    Web site:

    * 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:

    * 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
    W180 S8100 Racine Avenue
    PO Box 137
    Muskego, WI 53150

    Jerry Hulbert, President262-679-1173
    Gerry Jacques,Treasurer262-679-0859
    Laura Mishefske,Historian414-529-2694

    New Berlin Historical Society (SE)

    * 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:

    * 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

    * Museum
    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
    Waukesha Engine
    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 DheinsvilleHistoric Park at the convergence of  Holy Hill Road, MapleAvenue and Fond du Lac Avenue (Hwy 145).

    Christ Church Museum
    Open Sundays Only, June 1 – Oct. 1
    1-4 pm

    Jeffris Research Library/Valentine Wolf Haus
    Open Wed. and Sunday, June 1 – Oct. 1
    1-4 pm

    Bast Bell Museum
    Open Wed. through Sunday, April 1 – Nov. 1
    1-4 pm

    Contact information

    Email or see
    “Snail-mail” at the address above
    Phone (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:

    * 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:

    * 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
    ShorewoodFor more historical societies in this Region please click here.

    Others in the WisconsinLocal Historical Society Directory (From the Wisconsin State Historical Society website)



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