Preserving the Past to Teach the Future. Our mission is to collect, exhibit and educate people about Kenosha County history.


The historic Southport lighthouse and the Southport Light Station Museum will be open weekends beginning on Thursday May 2. The tower (admission fee) will be open weekends late Fall, weather dependent. Call (262)654-5770 to verify if the tower is open. The adjacent Southport Light Station Museum will also be open these same hours (free admission).


The Kenosha History Center is hosting walking tours of the Library Park Historic District on Second Saturdays each month through October. Tours begin promptly at 11 am and are led by a historian. Call (262) 654-5770 to reserve your spot and learn about the interesting history of the Library Park Historic District.


The Kenosha History Center is proud to debut Public Freedom/Private Space, a new exhibit that looks at snapshots of these two changing spheres in the form of the department store and boudoir, between 1900 and 1930. Artifacts in the exhibits are drawn from The Women's Collection, collected and donated by Dovie Horvitz. The Women's Collection comprises over 1300 items—ranging from research material to clothing to make up—which reflect the lives of common women from 1850 to 1950. This is the first time artifacts from the Women's Collection will be on display in the History Center, and the exhibit takes a close look at the history and significance of the collection.


Join the Kenosha History Center for an evening of great chili from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Due to recent flooding at the Kenosha History Center, the event will be held at Parkway Chateau – which is located at the north end of Brat Stop – Entrance “C” at 12304 75th St. (Hwy 50). Chili tasting will be from 6 p.m. until it’s gone, and there will be live music by Rogers Randle and Larry Thomas the entire evening. Taste and vote for your favorite chili for the People’s Choice Traveling Trophy to be awarded; ballots must be cast by 8:30 p.m. to be counted. A panel of judges will also pick their favorite for the Judges’ Choice Trophy.

There will be a cash bar with a selection of beer, wine, soda, and water. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds go to help preserve Kenosha County history and relief efforts for flooding damage at the Center.

  • Participants will include:
    Brat Stop
    Century Pub & Eatery
    Franks Diner
    Grab's Burger Bar
    Johnny'Z Pour House
    Kaiser's Pizza & Pub
    Kenosha Fire Department
    Sazzy B
    Somers Fire Department
    The Coffee Pot
    The Garage
    Twisted Cuisine
    Ashling on the Lough

Tickets purchased online prior to the event will be available at "Will Call" at the event.



Join the Kenosha History Center at the Annual Dinner and Meeting. The event features a sit down dinner, an available cash bar for beverages, a presentation of the Annual Report and presentation of the Don Jensen Award.

Schedule of the Evening
6:00 – 6:30 Cash Bar & Appetizers
6:30 – 7:30 Dinner
Menu- to be announced

  1. Welcome by President, State of Society Presentation and approval of 2018 Minutes
    Executive Directors Report – Chris Allen
    Presentation of Don Jensen Award of Merit

Please RSVP by November 8, 2019 by contacting the Kenosha History Center at 262-654-5770. Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card.

Click the link button below to download the Annual Dinner Invitation

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Join the Kenosha History Center at various locations throughout Kenosha and Racine for car shows, an ice cream social, a car parade, a night time car show in Downtown Kenosha and the big car show rounding out the 5 days of events on Saturday. More information will be available closer to the event.

Click the link button below to download the Car and Vendor Registration form

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