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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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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.

Our biennial Cemetery Tour is Sept. 22

Mark your calendar for Sept. 22, when costumed re-enactors will portray people from local history during our Cemetery Tour at Pine Grove.

Vintage Game Nights return! Two options for fun!

Vintage Game Nights return to our regular schedule! First Thursdays at Limerick's and Fourth Fridays at Woodson History Center.

MCHS to host 4 Book Fest events

We are celebrating books and reading along with the rest of the community at the end of September! MCHS will host four of the events for the Central Wisconsin Book Festival.

Women's Work During Prohibition

A century ago, the Prohibition laws affected more than just alcohol sales. It was a time of change for the role of women in the home, in society, and in the workplace. Learn more at History Speaks on October 5. 

Topic is Hmong journey

The Hmong have become a significant population in Marathon County. Their journey here began in the mountains of Laos, and came through refugee camps in Thailand. How did they make the transition to American culture in our community? Rick Lohr will speak on Oct. 7 in Marathon.

Remember When Writers practice with family memories

Our club for preserving family memories is changing a bit; still focused on writing down your stories!

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!

What? No crackly bag?

Post date: 08/28/2019

A favorite snack in 1938 was the potato chip. It was new! It satisfied the urge to crunch something, and it was tasty, too! The Red Dot company helped develop the perfect chip potato.

A nice place to stay overnight

Post date: 08/01/2019

The elegant Hotel Wausau, built in 1925, was a boon to the local area for several decades.

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!




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