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: Milking Time The Evolution of the Dairy Industry in Marathon County
Our Current Exhibit: Rural Electrification - Outlet for Change
Reserve One Of Our Unique Settings For Your Special Event
Schedule Your After Hours Personal Tour Today!

Vintage Game Nights in 2019

Vintage Game Night for all ages on the fourth Friday each month!  For ages 21+ on the first Thursday! Come join in the old-fashioned fun!

Name Reading on Memorial Day

Would you like to honor veterans in a special way this Memorial Day? We are looking for more people to help read the names of those in the Wisconsin Remembers exhibit.

Mort McBain on the trauma of war - June 1

People involved in combat experience violent and tragic events. Mort McBain will address the effects of these experiences in a special History Speaks on June 1.

American Girl Garden Party

Make your reservations now to attend the Marathon County Historical Society’s American Girl Garden Party from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, June 1.

Bands, concerts, and why we love them!

Why are there so many different kinds of bands? How did outdoor concerts get to be part of the fabric of local life? Ben Clark's talk is "Making Music in Marathon County." 

Preserve your family memories: Join our I Remember When club

Yesterday is gone, and maybe some of those memories are fading, too. Your stories are important - to you, to your family, and to your community! This group will help you preserve some of those memories!

Wisconsin Remembers exhibit travels to Wausau

Post date: 03/28/2019

MCHS is proud to host the traveling exhibit Wisconsin Remembers: A Face for Every Name. We hope you will take time to visit and honor these Wisconsin residents who fought and died during the Vietnam War.

A fun donation!

Post date: 12/11/2018

A childhood collection of books from the 1930s and '40s recently was donated to the Historical Society. What were you reading as a child?

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!

History Speaks: Our 2019 topics are set!

Post date: 11/07/2018

Our popular History Speaks series continues into 2019, with topics that range from downtown Wausau's side streets to local music makers, from therapeutic gardens to victory celebrations after World War II, from women leaders to Puerto Rico, and many others. Mark your calendars today for your favorite topics!

Woodson History Center Gets New Roof

Post date: 01/03/2019

The Historical Society has a new roof on the 1962 addition of the Woodson History Center. 

Dairy exhibit shows development of that industry

Post date: 05/29/2018

See how Marathon County's rural areas became thriving dairy farms in our newest exhibit, Milking Time: Evolution of the Dairy Industry in Marathon County. 

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!

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.

"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!

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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