HISTORY OF THE PORT WASHINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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 Light Station. Overlooking downtown Port Washington, the Light Station includes replica lightkeeper's quarters and a lantern tower.
In 2012, the Port Washington Historical Society purchased the historic 1852 Barnum Blake building in downtown Port Washington and embarked upon 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.
Also in 2012, the Society acquired an historic downtown building to create an interactive history and maritime museum. The Port Exploreum engages visitors in the stories of the community, its people, and nearby Lake Michigan.
To create opportunities for inspirational discovery through preservation, education and exploration of the Port Washington area’s history and its maritime environment.
To be the community's trusted source and steward of the rich history of the Port Washington area.
The preservation of history through the collecting of artifacts, the sharing of stories, and the inspiration of education.