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
Reserve One Of Unique Settings For Your Special Event

History Speaks: Pie Safe Quilts - Quilts of the 1930s

11/5/2016 • 2:00 pm • Woodson History Center

Lois Wilhelm will showcase her private collection of 1930s quilts and typical tools and patterns.

Christmas at the Houses

12-03-2016 • 11:00 am to 4:30 pm • Woodson History Center

Visit MCHS to see both our historic houses all decked out in their holiday finery, enjoy some treats, and recall some vintage and retro traditions. 

"Pieces of the Past: Quilts Tell a Story" exhibit opens

Post date: 10/02/2016

Our newest exhibit at the Marathon County Historical Society is set to open in a just a few weeks. “Pieces of the Past: Quilts Tell a Story” will tell the local stories behind more than a dozen antique quilts from our Collections. A public opening with special activities will be Saturday, July 23, from 1 pm to 4:30 pm at the Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe St., Wausau. The exhibit will be on view until May 2017.  Click Here For The Exhibit Home Page.




'Coloring Time' is Here

Post date: 10/03/2016

Our first coloring book, "Coloring Time: Scenes from Marathon County," has just arrived from the printer. 

The coloring book is a unique collection of black and white drawings by fifteen local artists featuring various scenes throughout Marathon County.

Visit our online gift shop to buy your copy today.





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 1:00-4:00 pm. 

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

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



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.

Click Here To Learn More


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.


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.

Click Here to begin your search.


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