Events & Exhibitions

  • History Book Club

    This event is free and open to the public.
    At the Morgan House, 234 Church Ave., Oshkosh WI
      Directions to the Morgan House

    The Book Club meeting every last Tuesday of the month, 6pm at the Morgan House. Books for the remainder of the year are:

    • August-- Dead Wake - Erik Larsen
    • September--Whirlwind - John Ferling
    • October -- Triangle: The Fire That Changed America - David von Drehle
    • December -- Decade of Despair: Winnebago County During the Great Depression 1929-1939 - Werner Braatz & Thomas J. Rowland

    Details: call 920-267-8007 or e-mail: WinnebagoHistoricalSociety@gmail.com.

  • Saturday, DEC 3 @ 3-8pm - Christmas Open House

    This event is free and open to the public.
    At the Morgan House
      Directions to the Morgan House

    Christmas Open House

    Join us for our Christmas House. Open during the Gallery Walk in Oshkosh, the Morgan House will be decorated for the holiday and we'll be serving cider and cookies.

    Details: call 920-267-8007 or e-mail: WinnebagoHistoricalSociety@gmail.com.

  • That's all for now!

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The Morgan House exhibits a variety of woods detailed by Old World artisans, featuring hand carving, gilding, polychroming & faux finish painting, and bordered hardwood floors.

One of the most outstanding features of the Morgan House is its original wall coverings of Lincrusta and Anaglypta. These Victorian-era embossed wallcoverings aren't pre-pasted vinyl paper...

Lincrusta wall covering at the Morgan House.
Lincrusta is a permanent wall covering made of a pulp of linseed oil mixed with sawdust, plant resin, chalk, zinc oxide and a colored dye. This pulp is applied to a paper base and then passed between two rollers, one which is engraved with the pattern, creating a design in relief. Lincrusta was invented by Frederick Walton in 1877 as a way to emulate the more expensive decorative plaster effects of carved wood paneling, tiles and tooled leather which were popular wall treatments during the late Victorian era. Designed to stand the test of time, Lincrusta actually gets harder with age.

Hand-painted Anaglypta at the Morgan House.

Anaglypta is a lightweight embossed wall covering made from cotton pulp that is hand-painted. It was invented by Thomas Palmer a decade after Lincrusta.


The Morgan House address is:
234 Church Ave., Oshkosh, WI 54901


Driving directions to the Morgan House

The Morgan house

Walk through these doors of the past and into this perfect reflection of upper middle class Victorian living.

With its wide variety of splendid woodwork in its original condition, its six fireplaces, gas light fixtures and original Anaglypta and Lincrusta wall coverings, it is a fine example of the kind of home built by the most prosperous Oshkosh lumber barons in the late 19th century.

Located at 234 Church Avenue in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this Queen Anne style home was built in 1884 for John Rodgers Morgan, a founder of Oshkosh lumber company Morgan Brothers. Designed by local architects Adam Bell and Edwin Cole, the house has gable and hip roofs, a triangular dormer, a polygonal tower, a patterned masonry chimney and a front porch with stickwork frieze and balustrade.

In 1987 the Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society acquired the Morgan House (from heirs of Constance Misky and by purchase), and the Society is engaged in a long-term program of its restoration. A major interior restoration project occurred in 2011.

If you are interested in being a Docent,
please call Julie Johnson at 920-312-2298

Morgan House available to rent for small events and photo shoots

The Morgan House is available for small events and photo shoots.
Pricing is based on the type of event, specific requests and number of hours you wish to reserve the Morgan House.
Wedding ceremonies from $500 (plus security deposit), Showers from $75 (plus security deposit), photo shoots are $50 for the first hour, $25 for every hour thereafter (no security deposit needed).

Spread the word! We’ve intentionally kept rates very reasonable. For more information:

E-mail winnebagohistoricalsociety@gmail.com call Anne Anderson at 920-819-5456.



Morgan House Events Picture Gallery

Below are a few photos from two events held at the Morgan House. A small Wedding and a Bridal Shower.

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Our Mission

The Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society will represent, serve and involve community members in preserving the history of our area.

Our Vision

The Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society will serve Winnebago County and surrounding areas by researching, preserving, and communicating the history of our area.

(in alphabetical order by first name)

Anne Anderson
Austin Frederick – Vice President
Brittany Martinez
Dean Sandeman
Denise Blaze
Eben Johnson – Treasurer
Emily Berger
Julie Johnson
Matt Kroening
Patti Yana
Philip Marshall – Secretary
Randy Domer – President
Steve Cummings
We have lots of other opportunities if you’d like to lend a hand!

Late in 2015, we re-organized our committees and are already seeing positive results. If you would like to participate in one of our committees, we surely welcome your support. Our committees are:

❖ Property Committee Members (Greg Bellman, Chair)
❖ Collections Committee (Philip Marshall, Chair)
❖ Exhibition & Events Committee (Austin Frederick, Chair)
❖ Outreach Committee ( Leslie Walfish, Chair)
❖ Historical Markers & Sites Committee (Steve Cummings, Chair)
❖ Revenue Development (TBD, Chair)
❖ Strategic Planning (Dean Sandeman, Chair)
❖ Membership (Emily Berger, Chair)

If you would like to speak with someone about volunteering, please send an e-mail to winnebagohistoricalsociety@gmail.com or call WCHAS Board Member Austin Frederick at: (920) 960-6430.
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