2017 Mini-Grant Award

The Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Council for Local History are pleased to announce that 25 affiliated local historical societies received a total of $12,506 through the 2017 mini-grant program. The Wisconsin Council for Local History administers the mini-grant program, which is funded by an endowment managed by the Wisconsin Historical Foundation.

The Winnebago County Historical & Archaeological Society has received a mini-grant to support the purchase of archival storage.

This year’s affiliate mini-grant program focused on projects and activities that strengthen a local organization’s ability to preserve historical collections and manage those collections and other resources. The projects supported in part by the mini-grant program are an important part of the work done by local organizations to help collect and preserve our state’s history at the community level.

The Wisconsin Historical Society’s Field Services Program provides support and educational opportunities to local history groups throughout the state. The Wisconsin Historical Society also partners with the Wisconsin Council for Local History, a non-profit organization consisting of all historical organizations affiliated with the State Society that promotes communication and cooperation among local history groups.

For more information about the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Wisconsin Council for Local History, visit www.wisconsinhistory.org.

For more information about the mini-grant program, contact Southern Field Services Representative Rick Bernstein at (608) 264-6583, rick.bernstein@wisconsinhistory.org or Northern Field Services Representative Janet Seymour at (715) 836-2250, janet.seymour@wisconsinhistory.org

2017 Museum Season Begins


Mark your calendars! The Winnebago County Historical & Archaeological Society‘s summer schedule begins this Saturday, June 3. The historic John R. Morgan residence at 234 Church Avenue in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, will be open from 10am to 1pm every Saturday until the end of September. You can also stop by our Pie on the Porch bistro at the Oshkosh Saturday Farmer’s Market on Main Street in Oshkosh to buy a delicious slice of pie. All proceeds go to the society’s operating fund. Your support is appreciated!

If you haven’t been to the Morgan House you are missing out! This beautiful home was owned by one of Oshkosh’s pioneer lumber families. The Morgan family owned a sawmill along the Fox River for over a century. The house was acquired by the WCHAS in 1987 from Miss Constance Misky, who once lived in the home and ran a cosmetology school on the first floor. Since 1987 the society has beautifully maintained the property and furnished the home to reflect the living standards of the Morgan’s stature. When it was built in 1884, the Morgan’s had the most “modern” conveniences a homeowner could have in the city at that time. There was running water, both hot and cold, to several of the rooms in the house. The home was heated by steam heat, and electric bells were installed to summon servants and butlers to the Morgans’ every need.

While none of the furnishings on display are original to the Morgan family, you will see the original handcrafted wood decorations and original wallpapers that have adorned this beautiful Queen Anne style home since the day it was built. It is truly a treasure from Oshkosh’s lumbering heyday.

Tours of the house are always free to the public, but the society welcomes and appreciates donations which help to preserve this beautiful treasure. If you are unable to come see the home during open hours on Saturday, please call or send an email to set up an appointment to get a tour on a day that works for you.

Have you visited the Morgan House before?! Comment below to share your experience!

Morgan House Rehabilitation

It has been a busy year of renovating the upstairs bedrooms of the Morgan house. Earlier this spring, rain seeped in the house around the chimney that caused damage to two of the bedrooms on the second floor. Thankfully, the damage was not too severe and insurance covered the cost of repairs. We had the plaster walls repaired and woodwork repainted by M&M Painting. The painter did an exceptional job, and he was very attentive to detail.

Next, we had professional wallpaper hangers come in and hang our brand-new Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper. One room features the company’s B.J. Talbert Room Set, and the other room is decorated with the Herter Brothers Room Set. We hired Mary Johnson Grundle out of Milwaukee to hang the paper. She, along with her helper, did an outstanding job. They came a weekend in October for one room and December for the other—both rooms took 3 to 4 days to finish. Below are a few snapshots of the rooms as they look now. The restoration project cost approximately $30,000. All but $2,500 dollars was covered by insurance. The rooms are beautiful once again, and we cannot wait to show you at our open house this spring!