Press Room

For Immediate Release

July 26, 2016

Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum

Waukesha, WI: The Waukesha County Museum is thrilled to announce that it will be opening exhibits once again for 2-days a week throughout the summer. Though closed in recent months to prepare for the building renovation, the museum has worked to open 2-days a week within the 1938 portion of the historic courthouse complex. Returning exhibits include Les Paul: Wizard of Waukesha and A Country Divided, a County United: Waukesha in the Civil War. New exhibits include the Russel Oakes: the Wiley Wizard of Waukesha and A Building for All Time retrospective and prospective of the courthouse complex.

Open hours are Friday 10 am. – 4 pm. and Saturday 10 am – 2 pm. Dennis Cerreta, Executive Director, shared, “We’re excited to have our arms open again, and bring our friends back into the museum.” Museum staff and volunteers have also scheduled free hand-on activities each Saturday throughout the summer. This past weekend celebrated the Waukesha County Fair, and gave visitors the chance to herd “sheep,” make butter, and check out some of the dairying tools from the museum’s collection. On Saturday, July 30 during your visit, we’ll explore Toys Galore and include a take-home yarn doll craft. Other upcoming Saturday events include local historian John Schoenknecht on August 6 speaking about Bethesda Spring, and a Drums of August: Civil War activity day on August 13.
These new museum hours are in addition to the Research Center which remains open by appointment each Friday, and Education Programs for youth and adult groups that can be scheduled by calling 262.521.2859 ext.224.

The Waukesha County Historical Society began in 1906 to preserve and showcase the unique history of Waukesha County. Since that time the society has expanded its operations to include a museum, a research center, quarterly publication, and a collection of over 16,000 objects and more than a million documents in the archive. Most recently the historical society entered into a project to preserve and rehabilitate the largest artifact in the collection: the historic courthouse complex on Main Street.

Mission: Foster an exploration of the American experience through the stories of Waukesha County.