Tour The Historic Yawkey House Museum
Visit Our Exhibits And Research Library At The Woodson History Center
THE WAUSAU STORY Revisited Exhibit Now Showing at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art. Presented by the Marathon County Historical Society.
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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Depot art on exhibit at WMOCA

Historic art is on display at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art.

Remember When Writers practice with family memories

We share our written stories, then have a mini-workshop on writing - getting started and getting better - plus some practice time. 

Christmas at the Houses

We're pulling out the fondue pot to get ready for holiday entertaining, Mid-Century style! Join us on Saturday, Dec. 7, for Christmas at the Houses.

Columbus and the new world

The world as people knew it changed dramatically after Columbus stumbled upon the Americas. Keith Montgomery talks about this and the beginnings of the Scientific Revolution on Dec. 16 in Stratford.

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.


Post date: 10/15/2019

THE WAUSAU STORY Revisited Exhibit Now Showing at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art. Presented by the Marathon County Historical Society.

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?

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!

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 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.

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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.

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.

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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