More details about us -
The Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society is a non-profit organization managed by volunteers united by common interests in history and preservation. The Society was chartered in 1919 by the Wisconsin State Historical Society.
The Board of Directors is the management core and is compreised of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and currently fifteen member Directors. The Board is governed by its bylaws and guided by Robert's Rules of Order.
The Historical Society promotes and facilitates outreach education through historically focused public programs, local historical tours, special events, and the publication of a quarterly newsletter.
The Society manages the restoration and preservation of two properties at 234 Church Avenue in Oshkosh, Wisconsin - the John Rodgers Morgan House and the property's carriage house. These buildings are owned, without mortgage or lien, by the Society and provide the headquarters for the organization. The Morgan House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 and is a house museum consistent with 1880s furnishings and fine art.
Standing committees are permanently established and ad hoc committees are formed, as needed, to oversee all outreach and fund raising activities. These committees are comprised of Board members as well as members at large. Committee chairs report to the Board of Directors.
For more information, the Society maintains this web site. The phone number and address for the Morgan House are below.
Our first meeting minutes -
On November 22nd 1919 A meeting was called to organize a branch of the State Archaeological and Historical Society in Winnebago County. Five gentleman namely Mrssrs. Clarence T. Olen; Charles Koehn; Ralph Buckstaff; Nile Behncke and Arthur Kannenberg took steps to make this a permanent organization.
The gentlemen elected Mr. C. T. Olen as president and Arthur Kannenberg secretary. Ralph Buckstaff proposed holding the next meeting of this organization in the University Extension Division rooms. This proposition being approved by all members present. The secretary was instructed to purchase a minutes book with the cost of the same to be reimbused by the Organization. It was moved and carried to call the next meeting, Wednesday evening November 26th at 8 o'clock. There being no other matter of importance to be transacted they adjourned until Novenber 26th.
Like the original organization of the Winnebago County Archaeological and Historical Society organized in the year 1919, we are still dedicated to preserving and educating the people of Winnebago County in it's rich and diverse history. Along with telling the history of the John Rogers Morgan family, we also are dedicated to keeping alive the historical work the original charter organized including over 50 markers placed in Winnebago County that had been placed by our charter and other civil groups, like Knaggs Ferry; the Webster Stanley House; the Osborn House; (the oldest home in Winnebago County) and the Edgar Sawyer House. Other historical places to look for is the Grignon Trading Post, located in Butte des Morts, Wisconsin., the Grand Opera House, and the razed Hotel Athearn, both located in the city of Oshkosh.
The Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society, a 501(c)3 organization, does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients
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The Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society will represent, serve and involve community members in preserving the history of our area.
The Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society will serve Winnebago County and surrounding areas by researching, preserving, and communicating the history of our area.
Greg Bellmer, Treasurer
Randy Domer – President
Austin Frederick – Vice President
Eben Johnson – Treasurer
Philip Marshall – Secretary
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call WCHAS Board Member Austin Frederick at: (920) 960-6430.