Kenosha is a community rich with history and culture. The Library Park, Third Avenue, and Civic Center historic districts are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, while Pearl Street is listed as a locally designated historic district.
Among the highlights of the districts:
- Simmons Library was designed by architect Daniel J. Burnham and opened in 1900.
- The building that houses the Dinosaur Discovery Museum was moved a few blocks — foot by foot — to its present location in 1933. Its prior occupants were the United States Post Office and the Kenosha Public Museum.
- A plaque notes the 1915 birthplace of acclaimed actor, writer, director, and producer Orson Welles.
- The site of an Underground Railroad stop is marked with a plaque.
- You can see two historic districts from your seat on the Electric Streetcar.
- For more than 100 years, the present-day Kemper Center was a boarding school for young women.
- The GFWC Woman’s Club of Kenosha organization occupies a home where Horace Johnson once lived. He invented the “closed crotch” used in modern men’s underwear.
- Six times a year, the Kenosha History Center presents guided walking tours of the Library Park Historic District.
Visit Kenosha offers detailed walking tour guides of the districts: