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Visit Our Exhibits And Research Library At The Woodson History Center
Our Core Exhibit: Our Stories - The History of Marathon County
Our Current Exhibit: Rural Electrification - Outlet for Change
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History Speaks: Progressive Era Women Reformers

How did women take the lead in societal reforms a century ago? Find out when Paul Clark presents our first History Speaks of 2018!

Annual Victorian Valentine Tea

Enjoy an elegant afternoon with friends at our annual Valentine gala! 

Annual Mother & Child Tea

Moms, aunties, grandmas: You're invited to bring a special child for an afternoon of vintage fun and treats.

Intergenerational Fun with Vintage Board Games

Everyone is welcome to our Vintage Board Game Nights at the Woodson History Center. Fourth Friday evenings in 2018.

Vintage Games 21+ Nights

Don't forget our 21-and-older version of Vintage Game Night, first Thursdays at Limerick's Public House!

History Speaks: Between Two Cultures

What kind of challenges would face a Hmong woman who wants to pursue higher education?  Find out at this History Speaks presentation on February 17

Rural Electrification exhibit is open through November 2019

Post date: 05/09/2017

We invite everyone to visit our newest exhibit to see how electricity moved into rural areas of Marathon County in the 1930s and '40s, and how life changed when it did.

2018 topics for History Speaks at the Woodson History Center

Post date: 11/29/2017

Our topics for 2018 range from milk to medicine, from the Packers to ancient rock art, and lots more. Here's our full list. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend as many as you can!

Christmas at the Houses

Post date: 11/07/2017

We had a great time on Saturday, December 2, at our Christmas at the Houses event! 

"Pieces of the Past: Quilts Tell a Story" exhibit closed but we have created a slide program

Post date: 10/02/2016

Our quilt exhibit is now closed, However, we have created a PowerPoint slide program with photos of the quilts and their makers, and would be happy to schedule a presentation for your group!




A Special Opportunity: Artist & Musician Michael Cepress

Post date: 11/08/2017

So much fun and such a great crowd at this program by artist, curator and musician Michael Cepress on November 18 at the Woodson History Center! Check our gift shop for more of his hand-dyed fiber art!

(Photo credit: Curtis Bryant.  2017, New York, New York)

Voices from the Past tour was a great success! Thank you!

Post date: 08/30/2017

What a great weekend for our biennial cemetery tour! Nearly 400 people visited for "Voices From the Past: A Discovery Walk Through Pine Grove Cemetery" on Sunday, Sept. 24. We appreciate all who made this year's tour a success!

History Speaks In Marathon: The Ice Ages in Wisconsin

Post date: 08/29/2017

The Marathon Village Hall hosted a full crowd on Wednesday, October 20, when Keith Montgomery gave his presentation on Ice Ages in Wisconsin. It was the first of our new History Speaks in (Your Town) series.


Special events planned for next year!

Post date: 09/07/2017

Do you have a 2018 calendar yet? Mark these special dates for upcoming history fun!

Full house for Kids History Day

Post date: 06/15/2017

We had a capacity enrollment for Kids History Day this year!

On the radio: Wisconsin Life

Post date: 04/05/2017

If you listen to Wisconsin Public Radio, you mi




A Membership is a great way to show your support for the Marathon County Historical Society and our community. We offer both indiviudal and corporate memberships at a variety of levels. As part of your members, you will also receive many great benefits.

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Whether you are trying to find your ancestor, want to take a tour, have an item to donate or just walk to talk History, the staff is always eager to listen.

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Our online database contains over 100,000 Marathon County records including city directory listings, plat map listings and military records. We have also added several photos and biographies of the people of Marathon County.

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Our Mission

To collect, preserve, and exhibit materials related to the history of Marathon County, and to use those materials
to help people learn about North Central Wisconsin, connect with their roots, and explore their own historical connections.

Our Purpose

The Marathon County Historical Society provides opportunities for people to “connect” with the past and discover something about their own history and where they live. We help people learn about their own connection with the community as well as its historic roots, and how the past played a role in who they are today. We accomplish this through education, preservation, research, experiences, and entertainment.


What We Offer

  • Research Library
  • Exhibits/Displays
  • Presentations & Workshops
  • Educational Events
  • Historic Tours
  • Members Only Events
  • Genealogy Services & Resources
  • Room & Garden Rentals