Mission Statement

"The purposes of this organization are exclusively educational and shall be to preserve, advance, and disseminate knowledge of the history of Portage County, Wisconsin."

With the above mission in mind, the Society currently operates four museums; maintains a large archives housed at the University of Wisconsin -- Stevens Point's Archive Center; is developing its own research center and maintains the Malcolm Rosholt Online Archives on this website to "disseminate knowledge of the history of Portage County, Wisconsin".

The Society is maintained completely by volunteers. See our Volunteers/Docents page for more information.


The Society holds monthly meetings beginning at 6:30 P.M. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Synagogue Museum basement. (The December meeting is usually not held due to holiday conflicts.)

The Society holds an Annual Meeting in mid-April (scheduling conflicts could move meeting to May). Agenda for the meetings include:

  • Annual Report by the President.
  • Election of Directors.
  • An historic presentation or tour.
  • Award presentations.


The Society has won the Ruben Gold Thwaites Award from the Wisconsin Historical Society. The Society also gives out two awards. The Pine and Iron Award is for people who have preserved history. The Winn Rothman History Award is for literary works regarding history. The Awards are considered annually and awarded when deserving.

Membership Information

The Portage County Historical Society of Wisconsin is a non-profit corporation with close ties to the Wisconsin State Historical Society. The Society does not employ anyone! All work is done on a volunteer basis.

Membership is open to any individual, group or business. The Society needs your help to preserve our past. If you enjoyed using this site for research, visiting our museums or are interested in our efforts please consider helping us financially so we can continue our work. Please download our Membership Brochure.


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