Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I use this site?
- Can I search this site for content?
- Does this site contain genealogy information?
- What's in the Malcolm Rosholt Online Archives?
- What Annual Events or displays does the Society have?
This site is divided into several parts:
- One section is about the Society, its Museums and Events.
- Another is the Malcolm Rosholt Online Archives which contains articles about Portage County Wisconsin's history.
- Another section is about Railroad History. Many contributors from former railroad employees to railfans and model railroad enthusiast have donated material for this section.
- Outside the Lines is a section of articles not about Portage County but are of historic value.
This site uses Google as its search engine. Go to our Search page, enter the name or event you are looking for.
A few extensive genealogies are online in our Biographies section. Several thousand family names are contained within the archives. A good place to start your genealogy search is to use the resources available from UWSP Archives:
When this site was first envisioned we wanted to place historic articles here for the world to read rather then a list our collections. The Online Archives is named after Portage County's pre-eminent historian Malcolm Rosholt. As a result, the Malcolm Rosholt Online Archives has evolved into a never ending collection of historic information about Portage County Wisconsin. As web technology continues to evolve, improved ways of presenting this information will be incorporated.
The Archives is divided into "logical" sections. The section entitled "General History" has township histories and other general history. The rest of the sections are self-explanatory. Of interest to some will be our Military History section. Portage County Historical Society has one of the largest collections of military memorabilia in the state of Wisconsin.
The Society has several Annual Events:
- Plover Portage Rendezvous/Threads of History.
- Civil War Encampment.
- The Beth Israel Synagogue will have permanent display about the Jewish community in Portage County beginning in 2008.
- The Church Museum, located in Heritage Park, has a rotating display.