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KCHS History Center
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KCHS Jail Museum 44th Season-  Established in 1969 the Museum is located on the south edge of Courthouse Square in Kewaunee in the 1876 National Register Jail and Sheriff's Quarters.

Unique displays throughout the museum showcasing eras of Kewaunee County such as period rooms, livingroom, and bedroom.  The remainder of the building, including the jail cells and basement, is devoted to displaying various artifacts.  The basic core of our display is from the Decker Collection, gifted to the County back in the early 1900s.

The Museum is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, Thursday – Sunday, Noon – 4:00 PM.
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The History Center is located in downtown Kewaunee at 217 Ellis Street.  Hours are 10 AM - 4 PM Thursday and Friday, also other times by appointment.  Phone:  (920) 388-0369  Email:

KCHS History Center is full of displays and items that make for a wonderful browsing experience!  It is home to over 20,000 photographs useful to genealogists, researchers, history buffs and families.  The Center has thousands of documents such as tax records, indexes of deaths/ marriages/ births, early land ownership, school histories, veteran histories, maps and much more.
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The mission of the Kewaunee County Historical Society is to collect and preserve the history of Kewaunee County.
KCHS Jail Museum
On November 3, 1893, the Kewaunee Enterprise reported that Nelson Craite of the Two Rivers Coast Guard had arrived in Kewaunee to take over the new Lifeboat Station on the north side of the harbor, but that the crew to be employed would not be selected until later. Operation apparently began on July 1, 1894. Craite was later succeeded by Anton Jessen. In 1903, the 50 foot steel storm tower in the extreme right of the photo was erected. In these early years there was not any road to the north of the station, and contact with “mainland” was made with the rowboats in the foreground. Quarters for Mr. Craite’s family were in the station. The houses seen to the right of it were occupied by families of the coast guardsmen stationed here. It was a practice around the turn of the century to patrol the beaches daily. One coast guardsman hiked north to Mashek’s Creek and punched a clock; another headed south to Schleis’s Gulley. The walk seen on top the station was designed for a “watch.” The station was closed in 1947.
Life Saving Station Crew – Kewaunee Wisconsin 

The Life Saving Station Crew featured on this postcard, which was mailed April 24, 1941, was a recent find at an antique store. The Kewaunee County Historical Society (KCHS) would like your help in identifying the eight man crew featured on this unique card. Any help in solving the mystery of who these men of community service were would be most appreciated by the Historical Society.