Explore the History of Portage County Wisconsin
Heritage Days-- 2013
A number of changes are being implemented this year for Heritage Days. The Board of Directors decided to hold this event on June 8th & 9th so it would
not interfere with "Celebrate Plover" day, which will be held in the 3rd weekend in July. The second major chamge is the free admission to visitors on this occasion.
This year's Heritage Days will feature Portage County's Circus tradition, highlighted by the history of the Engford Family Show. Members of the Engford family
will be present for this celebration. Displays will be provided by Tegge Circus Archives and the "Kosmic Circus: The Greatest Miniature Circus on Earth" presented
for the children by Bob Kosmoski. All restored buildings will be open for tours. Restoration projects since last year's event can be viewed and future plans will
be displayed for inspection. Food also will be available.
The Society currently operates four museums; publishes local history books; maintains a large archives housed at the University of Wisconsin -- Stevens Point's
Archive Center as well as other locations. We also maintain the Malcolm Rosholt Online Archives on this website to "disseminate knowledge of the history of Portage County, Wisconsin".
Membership in the Society is open to everyone. Membership .
Beth Israel Synagogue offers a unique view of the large Jewish Community that once
lived in Stevens Point. Synagogue Brochure .
Historic Fire House No.2 is the oldest municipal building still extant in Stevens Point.
Fire House Brochure .
Rising Star Mill located in Nelsonville provides cultural and entertainment venues.
Rising Star Mill Brochure .
Heritage Park located in Plover currently offers 10 buildings and a GB&W Caboose. Visit this park to
see a sample of life as it was from ca. 1850 to ca. 1900. Heritage Park Brochure .
Malcolm Rosholt Online Archives: Our extensive Online Archives consists
of hundreds of articles about the people, places, and historic events of Portage County. Use our "Search" to assist in locating information in our extensive Archives.
Railroad History: The Historical Society's close association with the Central Wisconsin Model Railroaders, Ltd.
has led to the accumulation of a large collection of railroad material. (see Bancroft Depot &
Maps: We have uploaded many links to maps through our Geology/Geography section.
Genealogy Research: If Family Genealogy is your goal, use our "Search" to find family information on our site. Then visit
the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point's Archives and Area Research
Center or use the online links for obituaries,
cemetery lists, and census data.
Outside The Lines: Articles that are not about Portage County but are of historic value and worth presenting here.