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 1. The Society has been working for over 18 months researching our archives, preparing new WWI books for publication, creating videos and museum displays. To kick off this historic 100th Anniversary, two talks were given. They were free to the public! Of special interest will be our Annual Meeting Thursday, April 6, 2017, to be held at the Sentry Theater. Our Annual Business Meeting will begin at 6:30PM followed at 7:00PM with the main program.

On Friday, April 7, 2017 a dedication of a new parkNew Admiral Grant Park recognizing Stevens Point native Vice Admiral Albert Weston GrantDedication Plaque, Annapolis graduate of 1877, will take place at Noon. Read Vice Admiral Grant's military biography here. Includes photos of the ships he served on.

The Portage County Agricultural Museum project's stage one is completed! Thanks to the many ongoing generous donations we have the funding to be almost at 50% of stage two completion.

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

Monthly business meetings are held at the Synagogue Museum, 6:30PM, the 2nd Wednesday of each month except December.

PCHS Annual Meeting

Thursday, April 6, 2017
at Sentry Theater
Business Meeting 6:30 - 6:50PM
Program 7:00PM: “Over There”
Description of Events.

Park Dedication
to Vice Admiral Grant
Friday, April 7, 2017

Beth Israel Synagogue

Friday, April 14, 2017.

Rising Star Mill

Annual Art Show and Sale
Memorial Day weekend
Saturday, May 27, 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday May 28, 10 AM to 4 PM

Open House
Barns of Portage County Exhibit
The Hidden Studios Art Tour
October 6, 7 and 8, 2017.