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

Mary Pickford Film
May 22, 2019

Walking Tour
"Murder on Main Street"
Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, 6:30PM
Meet at the Courthouse parking lot, Church St. by Civil War Memorial.
$5.00 donation suggested.
Murder on Main Street - Video

Open Saturday & Sunday 1-4PM
Memorial Day thru Labor Day

May 3, 2019 at 6:00PM

Heritage Park
Open Saturday & Sunday 1-4PM
Memorial Day thru Labor Day

June 15-16 - Heritage Days
Craft demonstrations for both adults & children.
Grey Kats band will be playing Saturday at 1:00PM

Fire House No. 2
Open Saturdays 9:00AM-1:30PM
Memorial Day thru Labor Day

Rising Star Mill
Nelsonville, WI
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May 25 - 26, 2019
Annual Rising Star Mill
Art Show & Sale
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.

Friday, June 14, 7:00PM

Friday, June 28, 7:00PM
Biebel & Basar

Friday, July 19, 7:00PM
MoJo & Flipside

Friday, August 16, 7:30PM
Free Movie Night TBA

Saturday, Sept. 14, 7:30PM
Art Stevenson & High Water

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
October 4th, 5th, 6th
11:00AM to 4:00PM
The Rising Star Mill’s
Open House featuring
“The Barns of Portage County”

Admission to concerts is $12 for adults, $5 for students ages 12-18 Children under 12 FREE

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Portage County Historical Society

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, Military History, Circus History, Military History, RR History, Photo Gallery, Collections and more on this website to achieve our goals.

Learn More

Learn more about the Historical Society; its ongoing "Educational Programs" and "Projects". You can also "Search Our site" for specific information and download our brochure.

Visit our Museums

Beth Israel Synagogue   ⇓

Geotag information GEO: 44.5204, -89.5837

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in April, 2006. Open from Memorial Day thru Labor Day each Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Besides displaying religious artifacts, we also have a Society Book Store located in the front of the building. Visit our Synagogue page. Special tours can be arranged by calling 715-600-4930 or contacting us.

Fire House No. 2   ⇓

Geotag information GEO: 44.5169, -89.5773

Open from Memorial Day thru Labor Day on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM. This is the oldest surviving municipal building in Stevens Point. The Society acquired this building in April 2006. This building will house our large collection of fire fighting equipment. Visit our Fire House Page. Special tours can be arranged by calling 715-600-4930 or contacting us

Heritage Park   ⇓

Geotag information GEO: 44.456624, -89.540563

Located on the corner of Willow and Washington Street in Plover (next to RR tracks and east of Bus. Hwy 51) this park is open from Memorial Day thru Labor Day each Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Special tours can be arranged by calling 715-600-4930 or contacting us. Currently, 10 buildings (oldest ca 1851) and a caboose depict life in Portage County. The Church Museum also houses an historic display. Visit our Heritage Park Page.

Rising Star Mill   ⇓

Geotag information GEO: 44.4942, -89.3109

Placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 2018. Located in Nelsonville WI, the Mill hosts several music concerts each year. All profits generated are applied to the restoration and maintenance of the Rising Star Mill. The Mill is available to rent for meetings and other activities. Visit our Rising Star Mill Page.

The Portage County Agricultural Museum project is completed! Thanks to the many ongoing generous monetary donations and in-kind donations we have been able to complete is project on time and under budget. A special thanks to the Chairman of this project, Jim Abbrederis, for many hours of work he personally put into this project.

Portage County Barn Project has been completed! Plus UW-Stevens Point Department of Geography and Geology's GIS Center has produced an interactive map displaying all 1,500 plus barns. Read how the Barn Project originated and was carried out.


Annual Meeting
April 10, 2019

PCHS Newsletters
now available online

Received the Stevens Point
Brewery Archive Donation

Travel Wisconsin Magazine Pages

Rising Star Mill
Polish Heritage Trail
Heritage Park


Collections held by the Society that can be viewed at our museum sites.

Photo Galleries

Photo samplings of various topics.

Barns of
Portage County

Photographing all the barns of Portage County Project.


Consider donating your photos, family histories, diaries, and other historic material.


Maps to our sites, small communities, cemeteries, schools, churches and more.