Explore the History of Portage County, Wisconsin

The Society, located in Central Wisconsin, currently operates four museums; publishes local history books; and maintains a large archives housed at the University of Wisconsin -- Stevens Point's Archive Center. In addition, we maintain the Malcolm Rosholt Online Archives on this website to "disseminate knowledge of the history of Portage County, Wisconsin".

April 6, 1917, the U.S. enters World War I. The Society has been working for over 18 months researching our archives, preparing books for publication, creating videos and museum displays. To kick off this historic 100th Anniversary, two talks will be given. They are free to the public! Of special interest will be our April 6, 2017, Annual Meeting held at the Sentry Theater.

The Portage County Agricultural Museum project's stage one is nearing completion! Thanks to the many ongoing generous donations we have the funding to begin stage two this important project.


Learn more about the Historical Society; its ongoing "Educational Programs"; and "Projects". You can also "Search Our site.

See our Map Page for directions to our sites. Our Map Collections can provide directions to: cemeteries, forgotten small communities, one-room school houses, and much more.

The Portage County Historical Society Website is hosted courtesy of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Archives & Area Research Center.

Dates to Remember

Murder on Main Street!
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 6:30PM.

Haller’s Polish Army
in France WW I
Paul Valasek, author of Haller's Polish Army in France, will lecture on the Polish National Army during World War One on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 1 p.m. in The Pineries Room at the Portage County Library, Stevens Point. Admission is free.

Role of Film in Promoting War
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, 6;30 to 8:30 at Lincoln Center. Leslie Debauche will be talking about the role of film in promoting the war and how they were played here.

Rising Star Mill Schedule
Friday, September 30, Sat. & Sun., October 1, 2. THE RISING STAR MILL'S OPEN HOUSE 11:00AM - 4:00PM Featuring "The Barns of Portage County". Scheduled to coincide with The Hidden Studio Art Tour.

PCHS Annual Meeting April 6, 2017 at Sentry Theater Business Meeting 6:15- 6:45PM Program 7:00PM: “Over There”