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Visit Our Exhibits And Research Library At The Woodson History Center
Our Core Exhibit: Our Stories - The History of Marathon County
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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Register now for Kids History Day

Looking ahead for summer activities? Registration is open for Kids History Day on August 15.

New traveling exhibit shows Wisconsin German experience

We are pleased to have the chance to host a new traveling exhibit about Wisconsin German history. It's a big part of local culture!

Reading outdoors at summer Story Times!

Do you enjoy reading outdoors? Bring the kids to three special Story Times this summer in the beautiful Yawkey House Gardens.

Victory! Wausau & Marathon County in 1945

What was happening locally as World War II ended? How did people interact when servicemen returned home? Paul Clark will examine post-WWII life in Marathon County on Aug. 24.

Extraordinary Women of Marathon County

Learn about a selection of amazing women in Marathon County's past, who shaped their communities in a variety of fields.

Family game nights on hiatus, but 21+ continues

Vintage Game Night for all ages will take a short break for June and July. But ages 21+ are still playing.

History Speaks: 2019 topics continue

Our popular History Speaks series continues, with topics that range from victory celebrations after World War II and women leaders to Puerto Rico, and many others. Mark your calendars today for your favorite topics!

Preserve your family memories: Join our I Remember When club

We will be taking a break during August. The Remember When club will pick up again Sept. 12 with a little more direction!

Brewing is Superfine in Marathon County

Post date: 06/28/2019

A donation of six bottles from Marathon City Brewery helps tell the story of beer brewing in central Wisconsin. 

We don't know much about Ellerman Dairy

Post date: 06/18/2019

Ellerman Dairy operated near Athens during the 1950s. Do you have any stories?

MCHS participates in the Blue Star Museum program

Post date: 06/13/2019

The Marathon County Historical is proud to participate in the Blue Star program that provides free admission to museums across the country to active military families.

It all began with a button

Post date: 06/12/2019

Curators found a button in our artifact collection, and wondered what its story was.

Here's a simple tool for intergenerational storytelling

Post date: 06/05/2019

MCHS has created a simple tool that children can use to interview grandparents. Download our PDF and get started sharing stories!

1892 Courthouse lights return

Post date: 12/06/2018

A special donation returned antique light fixtures to Wausau.

WI 101: Check out this coat!

Post date: 11/21/2018

Another of our objects is featured in the Wisconsin 101 online museum!

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!

Researching Your Roots?

Post date: 10/03/2016

Ancestory.comThe Marathon County Historical Society Research Library is now open the first Sunday of the month from 1:00-3:30 pm. 

One of our trained librarians will be available to assist you with your research needs. You will also have free use of Ancestry.com while you are here.

For a list of upcoming genealogy and research classes and events, please visit our Calendar of Events.

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BECOME A MEMBER

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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CONTACT US

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.

Click Here to fill out our online contact form or call (715) 842-5750.

SEARCH OUR ONLINE DATABASE

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