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.


Downtown Stevens Point Walking Tour

This one hour tour begins and ends at the Stevens Point Area Convention and Vistors Bureau Every Monday between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Learn about the people, architecture and events that shaped the city.


History Pub Crawl

This 21+ tour will take you to three Downtown Stevens Point establishments to learn about the tavern culture of years gone by, while also enjoying a complimentary adult beverage. Stops on this year's tour include Guu's on Main, Joe's Bar, and the Brick Hause.


Point Brewery History Tour

Learn about the history of the nation's second oldest continuously operating brewery as you tour the brewery itself! Includes complimentary Point Beer and Soda samples and a free history gift. This is a 21+ tour.


Talking Points
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 by a grant from the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, looks to tell the impactful and diverse stories of this place we call home.

Up Next:

Plover, Wisconsin: A Brief History

May 17, 2022

Virtually on PCHS Facebook Live and the PCHS YouTube Channel

6:00 p.m.

Through photographs, articles, and anecdotes, PCHS Board Members Brad Casselberry and Diane Lang will present an overview of the history of Plover, WI. Often overlooked due to the more prominent city to the north, Plover has a rich and interesting history to tell. From early settlers, prominent citizens, various highs and lows, and the current rapid growth and change, the story of Plover is a history to be remembered.

Heritage Days
Music and History Festival
June 18 & 19
Heritage Park, Plover
Presented by Heartland Custom Homes


Heritage Days returns after a two year hiatus! We're excited to welcome you back for a packed weekend of music and history! We're grateful for the support from our sponsors, Heartland Custom Homes, Point Brewery, and Rockman's Catering. See below for a complete schedule of the weekend's events.

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After a two-year hiatus due to Covid 19, The Rising Star Mill Annual Art Show and Sale will return, Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 28 (10:00 am - 5:00 pm) and Sunday, May 29 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm.) Admission is free!

This year the RSM will provide more outside tented exhibitors and more widely dispersed exhibitors inside the Mill. We also plan to have a return of our home baked goods and famous, Bar-B-Que sandwich plate. Thanks to permission granted by the Village of Nelsonville Board of Trustees, First Street, which runs on the north side of the Mill, will be closed to through traffic from Friday night to Sunday evening to accommodate the expanded use of tents.


The diverse creativity of the local artists who vie for a slot in this event make this show a favorite destination for art lovers, and those who want to support the Mill and learn how such rare, historical buildings played a vital role in local farming communities.


Fans of this event or the Rising Star Mill in general would be welcome as volunteers for this weekend or to assist with facility projects throughout the year. Please contact Jim Walker at 715-824-2337 or if interested.

Rising Star Mill
Annual Art Show and Sale

May 28 & 29
Rising Star Mill, Nelsonville

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