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Sheboygan County Historical Museum

Who We Are

Collect

The museum's collection includes over 30,000 donated artifacts related to local history, which must be inventoried and catalogued on an ongoing basis.

Preserve

Each item in the artifact collection, including the four historic buildings, requires specific preservation techniques to ensure that the artifacts will be usable in telling Sheboygan County's story for generations to come.

Educate

Public programming at the museum includes Full-Day Student Education Programs, reaching nearly 2,500 students per year; Third Saturday Programs, reaching 250 visitors per month; and the Holiday Memories exhibit, visited by 5,000 to 6,000 people per year. In addition, walk-in traffic during the museum's regular season accounts for roughly 1,000 visitors each year.

 

The three facets of the Society's mission--collect, preserve, and educate--are like legs on a tripod, distinct from each other and yet inseparable. Fulfilling the mission requires volunteer help, both ongoing and event-specific, to continue serving the community now and into the future.

What We Do

The Sheboygan County Historical Museum, operated by the Sheboygan County Historical Society, is dedicated to the mission of “collect, preserve and educate.” The museum includes a modern building with 20,000 square feet of exhibit, education and storage facilities. Four historic buildings, including the 1852 Taylor House, 1864 Weinhold log house, 1867 Bodenstab  cheese factory and 1890s Schuchardt barn add an additional 6,000 square feet. The newest addition is a 7,200 square foot artifact restoration and storage facility.

In addition to the period displays in the historic buildings, the museum features long-term displays on major local history themes, including Native American, maritime, historic trades and occupations, medical, dental and pharmaceutical, and circus history, among other topics.  The museum also has a changing seasonal exhibit reflecting Sheboygan County History.