Our Story

Nestled in the scenic rolling Ice Age Kettle Moraine countryside of Eastern Wisconsin, the Manitowoc County Historical Society is a museum of living history.  Feel the heat from the blacksmith's forge, take part in one-room school lessons, and find your ancestor's name in our archives.  

This 60-acre interpretive museum of local history features a Welcome Center with local history exhibits and research services and the outdoor Pinecrest Historical Village - a collection of over 25 historic buildings with period furnishings from Manitowoc County's early settlers.  

The origin of the Manitowoc County Historical Society dates to 1906, when local individuals met to discuss a group dedicated to preserving the items and stories of Manitowoc County's past. 

Since then, the Museum has operated as a privately funded 501 (c) (3) educational organization. What began as an effort to preserve our Civil War and pioneer past has grown into one of the most active county historical societies in Wisconsin. It now serves over 12,000 visitors annually. Today, a professional staff of 1 full time and 1 part time members as well as over 200 volunteers welcome visitors from all over the world.


Our Mission and Vision

The Manitowoc County Historical Society collects, interprets, preserves, and promotes the history and heritage of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, in order to educate the public and heighten its understanding and appreciation of the past as it proceeds into the future.

Our vision is to inspire curiosity and foster lifelong learning about Manitowoc County’s past by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences.

MCHS History

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