Preserving the Past to Teach the Future. Our mission is to collect and preserve Kenosha County's history through education, programs and exhibits.

Website Links

Thanks much for visiting us! Here are a few of the sites around the web that we recommend.

Kenosha Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau
Kenosha area events, shopping, hotels and historic district brochures.

Frank's Diner
Kenosha's longest operating diner, continuously open since 1926.

Rhode Opera House
A historic Kenosha theater located in downtown Kenosha and home of Lakeside Players, a community theater group.

Russell Military Museum
A military museum located in Russell, Illinois.

Wisconsin Heritage Online
A digital collection of Wisconsin's history, heritage, culture and people from libraries, archives and museums.

The Wisconsin Historical Society
Statewide history, photographs, events, historical sites & genealogy.

Wisconsin Genealogy
Genealogical research through the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Historic Building Rehab Credits & Databases
Information on tax credits for eligible historic building rehabilitation and list of historic buildings.

Wisconsin Historical Images
Search for historical images through the Wisconsin Hisorical Society.

Search articles from Wisconsin Historical Society
Search for Kenosha and other Statewide historical articles.

City of Kenosha website
Information on City of Kenosha departments and general information.

Kenosha County website
Information on Kenosha County departments and general information.

Home Advisor
Information on researching a house's history.


A Non-profit Corporation

The Kenosha History Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society. Portions of donations and event tickets may be tax-deductible, to the extent permitted by the Internal Revenue Service. Two-thirds of our operating budget comes from memberships, proceeds from events, donations and sales from our gift shop.

Our Mission

The Kenosha History Center collects and preserves artifacts, records and information vital to the understanding the history of the County's social, cultural, ethnic and industrial heritage since its settlement. The Center uses these materials, acting alone or in collaboration with other citizens and organizations, to disseminate knowledge of our collective local history through its museum, historic sites, research and outreach and publication programs for the benefit of the community and its visitors.