Tour The Historic Yawkey House Museum
Visit Our Exhibits And Research Library At The Woodson History Center
Our Core Exhibit: Our Stories - The History of Marathon County
Our Current Exhibit: Pieces of the Past - Quilts Tell A Story
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Voices from the Past: A Discovery Walk through Pine Grove Cemetery

The Marathon County Historical Society presents our biennial “Voices from the Past: A Discovery Walk through Pine Grove Cemetery”

Fourth Friday means Vintage Board Games

Our collection of vintage games keeps on growing! Join us on the fourth Friday every month for Vintage Game Night. Flash back to your own past, or learn to play something Grandma and Grandpa enjoyed back in the day!

History Speaks: Wausau Grows Up: Industry, Culture & Change, 1890s-1920s

The trees are nearly gone, now what? That's the question local business leaders asked in the late 1800s. Gary Gisselman will explain how they answered.

History Speaks: History of Forensic Imaging & Photography

Interested in photo history or forensic photography? Come and hear Bob Sanders, now retired from the state crime lab, a walking encyclopedia of photography history. 

History Speaks: Genealogy 102: Family History Resources in Marathon County

Gary Gisselman is back in November with another informative session about researching your family history.

History Speaks In Marathon: The Ice Ages in Wisconsin

Post date: 08/29/2017

The Marathon Village Hall hosted a full crowd on Wednesday, October 20, when Keith Montgomery gave his presentation on Ice Ages in Wisconsin. It was the first of our new History Speaks in (Your Town) series.

 

"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!

 

 


 

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.

Special events planned for next year!

Post date: 09/07/2017

Do you have a 2018 calendar yet? Mark these special dates for upcoming history fun!

Full house for Kids History Day

Post date: 06/15/2017

We had a capacity enrollment for Kids History Day this year!

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.

Full list of History Speaks topics for 2017

Post date: 12/01/2016

Curators Linda Forbess and Kathy Volkmann have been busy lining up speakers for the 2017 History Speaks series. Here's the full list for the year:

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.

History On the Road: Rick Lohr's talk on Cuba makes news

Post date: 11/02/2016

Peter Weinschenk at the Record Review attended Rick Lohr's "History Speaks - On the Road - Cuba and Change" talk in Edgar in October, and wrote this interesting piece. 

 

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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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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.

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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