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Kenosha History Center

(262) 654-5770

Hours:

Open Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 12-4 p.m.

Pricing:

Suggested donation: $2 adults / $1 students & children.

Museum on Kenosha’s harbor features the history of Kenosha County, including its early settlement and industrial history, and a gift shop. Visit the Yesteryear Gallery – from settlement to 1900 see how Kenosha County developed and grew. See the Upson Oxcart, a Barn Raising & Fanning Mill, Blacksmith Shop, Railroad Depot, General Store, Barbershop, One Room School, and more. Learn about Christopher Latham Sholes and the Bain Wagon Company. The Lyman Gallery in the lobby features various shop fronts, including a Photography Studio, a Millenary, and more.

In the Rambler Legacy Gallery – see how Kenosha’s auto-making legacy shaped history through the 20th Century. Displays on the perimeter of the gallery include the Peter Pirsch Company with a 1934 Pirsch Fire Engine, the Sterling Bicycle Company and Jeffery Company with a 1902 Rambler, Model C convertible on display, and more. Click on the “events” tab for the current exhibit information and upcoming events.

Come see the Miniature Statue of Liberty from Civic Center Park! This statue was erected in 1950 with a ceremony in Civic Center Park. It was a gift to the city by local Boy Scout troops to mark Kenosha’s 100th anniversary as an incorporated city. Its new home is inside the Kenosha History Center.

The Kenosha County Historical Society was founded in 1878 to preserve, research and present the cultural heritage of Kenosha County and Southeastern Wisconsin. The Society moved to its present location in 2001; naming its museum the Kenosha History Center. The building was built in 1917.

Visit the archives by appointment. Adult and school group tours welcomed. Facility rentals available. Free parking. The grounds include the Southport Light Station Museum (open seasonally and by appointment).

SPECIAL EXHIBIT: The Kenosha Band Boosters’ rich history is now on display until September 30, 2014. The Kenosha Band Boosters, established in 1958 has functioned continuously since that time as an active organization dedicated to supporting the band music education program of the Kenosha Public School System. Band Booster members donate their time, talents and money toward this fine music program throughout the year, and find the experience exciting and richly rewarding. The Kenosha Band Boosters’ purpose is to provide support for the Kenosha Unified School District band program. The Boosters rely on volunteers to assist at many music events, including Band-O-Rama, Solo and Ensemble and Jazz Fest. Membership is open to all parents and friends who are vitally interested in the music education of our youth.

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Kenosha History Center Exhibit: My Pride & Joy

December 7, 2013 - September 28, 2014

Don’t miss this car exhibit in the Rambler Legacy Gallery featuring three different exhibits of cars during the year. The gallery also features a new permanent exhibit: Kenosha’s "Lost Industries" from 1850s thru 1970s.

Southport Light Station Museum Open for the Season

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, May 10, 2014 - October 26, 2014

The lighthouse and maritime museum, inside the keeper's house, documents Kenosha's lighthouse keepers, shipping and fishing history. Also climb the 1866 Southport Lighthouse. The tower stands 55 feet above the lighthouse grounds. See Kenosha, Lake Michigan and into Illinois and Racine County.

Kenosha History Center Chili Cook-Off

October 18, 2014

Join the Kenosha History Center for an evening of great chili. Chili tasting will be from 6 p.m. until it's gone. Taste and vote for your favorite chili for the People's Choice Traveling Trophy. A panel of judges will also pick their favorite for the Judges Choice Trophy.