Events, Programs, & Tours
Learn about Portage County's History through a unique experience! We offer various fun and interesting opportunities to interact with our history at our sites and around the county.
Murder on Main Street
Held every year on October 18th at 6:30 p.m. on the anniversary of one of Stevens Point's most gruesome murders, this tour takes you through downtown to learn about the darker side of Stevens Point's history. This tour starts in the parking lot across the street from the Portage County Courthouse. Free admission, cash donations appreciated! No RSVP necessary.
Forest Cemetery Twilight Tours
join the Portage County Historical Society and local cemetery researcher Jen Brilowski at Forest Cemetery in Stevens Point for an evening stroll of the second-largest cemetery in Portage County.
From lumber and railroad men to merchants and farmers, you’ll be reminded of stories you might have heard before and hear untold tales you’ll never forget. 2023 dates and ticket info coming soon!
Movie Night at Heritage Park
The Portage County Historical Society and CREATE Portage County are excited to present an outdoor movie screening event that pays homage to the remarkable history of women in sports. On Saturday, September 30th, at 6:30 p.m., join us for a special screening of the iconic film, "A League of Their Own.”
This unique event, set against the backdrop of the historic Heritage Park in Plover, promises to be an evening of inspiration and celebration. "A League of Their Own" tells the captivating story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), highlighting the determination, talent, and sheer willpower of women athletes during World War II.
• Date: Saturday, September 30th
• Time: 6:30 p.m.
• Location: Heritage Park, 2700 Madison Ave, Plover
• Admission: Free
• Concessions: Portesi Pizza and Point Soda available for purchase
Guests are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to make the most of this outdoor cinematic experience. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to arrive early to secure your spot.
This event is an opportunity for our community to not only enjoy a timeless movie under the stars but also to delve into the rich history of women's sports in the area. Attendees will have a chance to view PCHS’s new feature exhibit, We Just Wanted to Play: The Story of Women’s Athletics in Portage County. This exhibit offers insights into the challenges faced and milestones achieved by women athletes. The exhibit will be open for one hour prior to the start of the film.
Historical Education Programming Series
Every month, discover a new perspective on Portage County's history through our Talking Points Historical Education Programming Series. This series, provided free to the public, looks to tell the impactful and diverse stories of this place we call home.
Polish History of Portage County
Beth Israel Synagogue Museum - 1475 Water Street, Stevens Point
September 16 at 11 a.m.
Join us as we take a deep dive into the Polish History of Stevens Point during the Dozynki Harvest Festival! The Polish heritage in Portage County is one of the area's defining features. First settling in Stevens Point in 1857, Polish immigrants and their descendants left a mark on our communities that lasts to this day.
This FREE presentation will be held on September 16 at the Historic Beth Israel Synagogue at 1475 Water Street in Stevens Point at 11 a.m. and will be given by PCHS Executive Director John Harry.