Port Washington Historical Society

 
 

About Us

 
 

our mission

To create opportunities for inspirational discovery through preservation, education and exploration of the Port Washington area’s history and its maritime environment with sustainable programs that honor the past while looking to the future.
 
 
 

history of pwhs

The Port Washington Historical Society was founded in 1991. Over the years the organization has demonstrated its strong volunteer commitment as a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the preservation, advancement and dissemination of the history of the Port Washington area.

From 2000 to 2003 the Port Washington Historical Society restored and now maintains the Port Washington 1860 Lighthouse and Light Station Museum. Overlooking downtown Port Washington, the Light Station includes a museum depicting the stories of our lightkeepers and a light tower.

In 2012 the Port Washington Historical Society purchased the historic 1852 Barnum Blake building in downtown Port Washington and embarked on a restoration of the property. With restoration complete in 2014, the building became the Resource Center housing the Society’s archives, research areas and offices.

In 2012 the organization acquired a historic downtown building to house an interactive history museum. The Port Exploreum engages visitors in a hands-on manner to tell the stories of the community, its people and nearby Lake Michigan.

To preserve the city’s rich heritage for future generations, educational programming includes quarterly historic programs open to the public, historic walking tours, quarterly newsletters and guided tours of the 1860 Lighthouse, the 1852 Resource Center, and the Port Exploreum.
 
 
 

Board of Directors

President
Bill Moren
Vice President
James J. Pauly
Treasurer
Angela Sikowski
Secretary
Kay Goodwin
Board Member
Todd Gordon
Board Member
Andrea Fyhrlund
Board Member
George Bichler
Board Member
Nancy Holley
Board Member
Missy Hockerman
Board Member
Mike Didier
Board Member
Jackie Oleson
Board Member
Dan Solozano
Board Member
Mark Koenig
Board Member
Robert Henkle, Jr.
Board Member
Jack Rooney
 
 

Annual Report

Annual Report
 
 
 
 

Contact Information

 

Port Exploreum

Hours:
May - October
Thursday - Monday - 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

November - April
Friday - Monday - 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Closed Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

The Port Exploreum will be closed Saturday December 14 & Sunday December 15 for a private event.


Admission:
Adults - $5
Children 5 – 17 - $2
Children Under 4 - Free

Joint admission to the Port Exploreum and the 1860 Light Station:
Adult - $8.00
Child (5 - 17) - $3.00
Children Under 4 - Free

Military Discounts
All Port Washington Historical Society Members receive free admission.
Address:
118 N Franklin Street
Port Washington, WI 53074
Phone: 262-284-2406

1860 Light Station

Hours:
May 22 - October 11, 2020
Friday - Sunday - 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Admission:
Adults - $5
Children 5 – 17 - $2
Children Under 4 - Free

Joint admission to the Port Exploreum and the 1860 Light Station:
Adult - $8.00
Child (5 - 17) - $3.00
Children Under 4 - Free

Cash preferred at the Light Station

Military Discounts
All Port Washington Historical Society members receive free admission
Address:
311 Johnson Street
Port Washington, WI 53074
Phone: 262-284-2406

Resource Center

Hours:
June through October
Monday - 1:00 PM - 4 PM
Thursday - 1:00 PM - 4 PM
Friday - 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Saturday - 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

November through May
Monday and Thursday 1PM - 4 PM
Admission:
No Admission Fee
Address:
205 N Franklin Street
Port Washington, WI 53074
Phone: 262-268-9150
 
 

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PWHS In The News

 

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Accomplishments

Accomplishments

Reuben Gold Thwaites Award Winner

Reuben Gold Thwaites Award Winner

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Mailing Address:
  • Port Washington Historical Society
  • P.O. Box 491
  • Port Washington, WI 53074
Phone: 262-284-2406