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Our Current Exhibit: Milking Time The Evolution of the Dairy Industry in Marathon County
Our Current Exhibit: Rural Electrification - Outlet for Change
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New exhibit is open!

See how Marathon County's rural areas became thriving dairy farms in our newest exhibit, Milking Time: Evolution of the Dairy Industry in Marathon County. 

Registration is open for Kids History Day 2018!

School-age children are invited to explore farming and dairy products during our Kids History Day on August 16!

Bring the kids to our new summer Story Times!

Vintage picture books find a place outdoors as we offer Story Times in the Garden once a month during the summer of 2018. 

Preserve memories with our new I Remember When club

Yesterday is gone, and maybe some of those memories are fading, too. Your stories are important - to you, to your family, and to your community! Our new opportunity will help preserve some of those memories!

History Speaks: Mississippi Archaeology

Did you know there was a whole civilization along the Mississippi River a millennium ago? The August 26 installment of History Speaks will address two major discoveries: Rock Art from the earliest people in Wisconsin, and the remains of a 1,000-year-old settlement at Trempealeau. Also, the speakers will offer to identify ancient Native artifacts, beginning at 1 pm before the 2 pm talk. 

Vintage Games 21+ Nights

Don't forget our 21-and-older version of Vintage Game Night, first Thursdays (except July)  at Limerick's Public House!

Intergenerational Fun with Vintage Board Games

Everyone is welcome to our Vintage Board Game Nights at the Woodson History Center. Fourth Friday evenings in 2018.

After Hours tours now available

Post date: 06/26/2018

It’s your turn to plan a special gathering of friends, club members or family. What to do? Consider a unique evening (or other special time) at the Yawkey House Museum!

New Dairy Exhibit shows farming history

Post date: 05/31/2018

Our exhibit on dairy farming is now open!

MCHS is a Blue Star Museum

Post date: 04/03/2018

The Marathon County Historical Society is participating in the Blue Star Museum program again this summer.

Rural Electrification exhibit is open through November 2019

Post date: 05/09/2017

We invite everyone to visit our newest exhibit to see how electricity moved into rural areas of Marathon County in the 1930s and '40s, and how life changed when it did.

Houses in Bloom 2018

Post date: 01/16/2018

Did you miss Houses in Bloom? You can tour the Yawkey House Museum all year to see the beautifully restored home of Cyrus and Alice Yawkey and their beloved daughter, Leigh.

2018 topics for History Speaks at the Woodson History Center

Post date: 11/29/2017

Our topics for 2018 range from milk to medicine, from the Packers to ancient rock art, and lots more. Here's our full list. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend as many as you can!

"Pieces of the Past: Quilts Tell a Story" exhibit closed but we have created a slide program

Post date: 10/02/2016

Our quilt exhibit is now closed, However, we have created a PowerPoint slide program with photos of the quilts and their makers, and would be happy to schedule a presentation for your group!

 

 


 

On the radio: Wisconsin Life

Post date: 04/05/2017

If you listen to Wisconsin Public Radio, you mi

Fromm fox fur coat added to Wisconsin 101 online ‘museum’

Post date: 01/18/2017

A silver fox fur produced in the 1930s by the Fromm brothers of Hamburg in western Marathon County is now included in Wisconsin 101, the online museum of state history.

We are now included in the WI 101 online museum!

Post date: 11/30/2016

Archivist Ben Clark compiled the history of the Employers Mutual Audiometer, and the “exhibit” is now live at the Wisconsin 101 website.

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A Membership is a great way to show your support for the Marathon County Historical Society and our community. We offer both indiviudal and corporate memberships at a variety of levels. As part of your members, you will also receive many great benefits.

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Whether you are trying to find your ancestor, want to take a tour, have an item to donate or just walk to talk History, the staff is always eager to listen.

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Our online database contains over 100,000 Marathon County records including city directory listings, plat map listings and military records. We have also added several photos and biographies of the people of Marathon County.

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Our Mission

To collect, preserve, and exhibit materials related to the history of Marathon County, and to use those materials
to help people learn about North Central Wisconsin, connect with their roots, and explore their own historical connections.

Our Purpose

The Marathon County Historical Society provides opportunities for people to “connect” with the past and discover something about their own history and where they live. We help people learn about their own connection with the community as well as its historic roots, and how the past played a role in who they are today. We accomplish this through education, preservation, research, experiences, and entertainment.

 

What We Offer

  • Research Library
  • Exhibits/Displays
  • Presentations & Workshops
  • Educational Events
  • Historic Tours
  • Members Only Events
  • Genealogy Services & Resources
  • Room & Garden Rentals