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  • Kenosha History Center
  • Kenosha History Center
  • Kenosha History Center
  • Kenosha History Center

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).

APRIL ARTIFACT OF THE MONTH: ANACONDA PAPERWEIGHT. The American Brass Company was an American brass manufacturing company based in Connecticut and active from 1893 to 1960 (with a location in Kenosha). The company’s predecessors were Ansonia Brass & Copper Company, Waterbury Brass Company and Coe Brass Manufacturing Company. It was the first large brass manufacturing firm in the United States and for much of its existence the largest brass manufacturer in the country. In 1922 it was purchased by the Anaconda Copper (of Montana) and merged into Anaconda’s other brass manufacturing operations. By 1960 American Brass Company had undergone many names changes and had lost its local identity. This Anaconda American Brass Solid Copperhead paperweight is in the form of the company arrow logo on base. This item is an excellent quality two-part casting made at the refinery in high conductivity copper. The cast has no signs of porosity of other significant casting defects. This is of excellent quality as copper is not easy to pour with success. The purple surface finish is as-cast copper oxide. It is 3 ¼ inches tall by 2 ¼ inches wide. The base it riveted to the arrowhead arrow head and shaft which is lettered “Anaconda on both sides. This paperweight is a promotional piece from The American Brass Corporation. This is a refinery-cast piece paperweight made for presentation to influential customers; it is marked “American Brass from mine to consumer” on the side.

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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 Homecoming Car Show - 2014

July 22, 2014 – July 26, 2014

Join the Kenosha History Center at various locations for car shows, a car parade, and the big car show rounding out the 5 days of events on Saturday. There will be daily events. Welcome home to Nash, Hudson, AMC, Renault, Jeep, Chrysler!

Triple Dipper Ice Cream Social

August 9, 2014

Triple Dipper:  Ice Cream, Music & Fun, a Family Ice Cream Social at the Southport Light Station Museum! To help celebrate National Lighthouse Day all Kenosha County Residents are invited to climb to the top of the Lighthouse Tower for FREE!  ($5 for Out of County adult visitors.)  All children 8 to 12 years old climb FREE!

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.