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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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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! Our new opportunity will help preserve some of those memories!

"More Than the Clothes on Their Backs"

Jim Harris has heard lots of stories from people who have toured his exhibit of the Hmong and Lao experience. In this installment of History Speaks in Your Town, he will show artifacts and talk about those moving stories.

Christmas at the Houses

Kick off the holiday season with our signature event! 

Game Nights return to our schedule!

Vintage Game Nights resume! All ages on the fourth Fridays, and 21-plus on first Thursdays! Come join in the old-fashioned fun!

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!

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!

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.

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.

'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 1:00-3:30 pm. 

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

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

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BECOME A MEMBER

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.

Click Here to fill out our online contact form or call (715) 842-5750.

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