The KCHS History Center is open during the months of February through December and closed in January.
Come and Visit Us and Enjoy the Legacy of Kewaunee County!
KCHS Jail Museum was organized in 1969 and opened to the public in 1970. 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 has a new fresh look with its many renovations made in 2020 including the burgundy awning which proudly makes people aware of the Kewaunee County Historical Society’s permanent home in downtown Kewaunee at 217 Ellis Street. Hours are 10 AM – 4 PM Thursday and Friday, also other times by appointment. Note: The History Center is closed during the month of January for cleaning and maintenance. Phone: (920) 388-0369. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
KCHS History Center is full of displays and items that make for a wonderful browsing experience! Museum displays have been added to the former living quarters on the second floor as well. It is home to over 20,000 photographs useful to genealogist, 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, the Fresnel Lens from the Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse and much more.
The mission of the Kewaunee County Historical Society is to collect and preserve the history of Kewaunee County.
KCHS Jail Museum
This collection of articles and short stories are reprinted from the quarterly newsletters, which were published from 2015 through 2019 by the Kewaunee County Historical Society. During this timeframe, the newsletter was published under the title of Reflections in Time. River Land Journal – Volume II is being published as a fundraiser for the Kewaunee County Historical Society. All proceeds generated from the sale of this book will be used by the Historical Society to continue its programs to preserve the local history of Kewaunee County. This second volume, which contains a series of period pieces and short stories, represents a cross section of Kewaunee County’s history as researched and written by the Historical Society’s newsletter staff and contributing authors.
The cost of the River Land Journal II is $20 and $7 postage if mailed.
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A “MUST HAVE” KEWAUNEE COUNTY PIECE OF HISTORY
The Kewaunee County Historical Society will celebrate its 100- year anniversary and the Jail Museum will be celebrating its 50-year anniversary. For these milestone events, we designed a commemorative coin. We will give a complementary coin to each person who makes a money donation to the Kewaunee County Historical Society. This fundraiser will help pay for our future handicap accessible entrance at the History Center. Donations can be made using the envelope provided in the newsletter, via PayPal on our website, or in person at the History Center (217 Ellis St., Kewaunee).
We appreciate your generosity. The handicapped accessible entrance will be great for many of our visitors.
Winter in Kewaunee County brings back many pleasant as well as difficult memories for anyone who lives here or for that matter in Wisconsin. The hardy souls who refuse to be snow birds have many stories to share. Captured within these photos are many landscape scenes of our county. Hopefully, as you review them, you too perhaps will remember what a Winter Wonderland we have to explore.