MCHS is part of 2nd Downtown Open House May 13

Everyone is invited to visit the Marathon County Historical Society during Wausau’s Downtown Open House from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, May 13. There will be special activities – all for free – in addition to our regular offerings.


Communities all across Wisconsin are joining together to highlight our state’s vibrant, unique downtowns. This statewide open house will help people fall in love or rediscover hidden gems and well-known treasures in their local communities. Venues across Wisconsin downtowns will be opening little-seen areas or hosting special events to showcase what they have to offer.


Three special events will be available at the Marathon County Historical Society on May 13. Visitors will be invited to handle several artifacts in “Grandma’s Kitchen” to try out the ways people used to prepare food, wash clothes, or entertain themselves. In the library, Archivist Ben Clark will show how he digs into local history to find the story behind random receipts. And our newest exhibit, Rural Electrification: Outlet for Change, will officially open for public viewing.


In addition, visitors can browse our other two exhibits: Our Stories: The History of Marathon County, and Pieces of the Past: Quilts Tell a Story. Tickets will be available to tour the Yawkey House Museum, and visitors may decide to pick up our free brochure for a self-guided walking tour of Wausau’s historic districts.


Other sites that will be open for touring on May 13 during the Downtown Open House include the Center for the Visual Arts, the Landmark Building, Stewart Inn, YWCA, First Presbyterian Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, and St. Stephen Lutheran Church. The Stewart Inn will sponsor horse-drawn carriage rides in the downtown area.


Everyone is invited to explore county history with us, as part of the Downtown Open House on May 13.


For more information, please call the Marathon County Historical Society at 715-842-5750.