History & Heritage

Heritage Master Cover - for social mediaAs the territory of Wisconsin was preparing to become the State of Wisconsin in 1848 early historians realized  the importance of preserving the past and the present for the future. Wisconsin’s Historical Society was formed that same year. As each new community began to organize and form they were encouraged to also preserve their stories. As such, the Green Lake Country area is rich with the presence of 7 treasured Historical Societies (HS): Berlin Area Historical Society, Dartford HS (Green Lake), Kingston/Dalton HS, Little White Schoolhouse (Ripon), Markesan HS & Train Depot, Princeton HS, Ripon HS, Rosendale HS (contact information below).

Over the years local Historical Societies were established and connected themselves with the State organization to bring their own past and future in align with the entire State. Our mission is to preserve, advance and disseminate knowledge of our local history. We collect printed materials, manuscripts, materials reproduced by microfilm or other photographic process, artifacts and properties that are significant to our story. We actively work to use history to help understand our past, and to share this heritage on to succeeding generations. Each community’s story is unique and each society is distinctive in how they safeguard the materials that tell that story.

Written for the GLCVB by Bobbie Erdman, Pres. Berlin Historical Society

Berlin Area Historical Society


111 S. Adams Ave, Berlin, WI 54923.
Call for hours of operation and check calendar for special programs. (920) 361-2460

Brandon Historical Society


102 East Main Street, Brandon, WI. 53919. Hours: Saturdays, 2-4 and by Appointment. The Society is located on the 2nd floor of the Brandon Public Library. (920) 346-2962

Dartford Historical Society


501 Mill St, Green Lake, WI 54941.
Call for hours of operation and check calendar for special programs. (920) 294-6194

Kingston Historical Preservation Society

575 Main Street, Kingston, WI, 53926. Currently Open by appointment only. (920) 394-3719

Little White Schoolhouse Museum


Open daily from June 1 until Labor Day. Open weekends in May ~ September & October. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - For more information, contact the Ripon Chamber of Commerce (920) 295-3877

Markesan Historical Society


Grand River Valley Museum - 214 E. John Street in Markesan, WI 53946. Open Saturday & Sunday, May 1st through September 30th, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., or anytime by appointment. (920) 398-3945

Marquette Church Museum


240 W.Second St, Marquette, WI 53947
(920) 394-9361.

Muk Luks Museum


Water St, in Downtown Princeton. Open on Saturdays and by appointment. Contact the Shops of Water Street for additional information.

Princeton Historical Society


630 & 632 W. Water St. Princeton, WI, 54968. Phone: (920) 295-3469

Ripon Historical Society


508 Watson St, Ripon, WI 54971.
Open Weekdays 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
(920) 748-5354.

Rosendale Historical Society


Museum is now located at our historical Grange Hall Grange Hall located one block west of Hwy 23 & 26 intersection. Open by appt. (920) 872-2131.