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 a kickoff summer block party in front of the History Center, 220 51st place. AMC and all classic cars older than 1988 are welcome. Local food trucks, vendors and music will be featured. The History Center also features the new car exhibit inside, All American: Kenosha Style exhibit.


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.

Light Refreshements will be served.


The Kenosha History Center is proud to host RG (Radio Girl) Productions presentation of Treasure Island in the Rambler Gallery during the Tall Ships Festival.The show is a free to attend; donations are appreciated. Concessions will be available for purchase during the show.

RG Productions is an Old Time Radio Theatre group showcasing re-creations from the Golden Age of Radio as well as new audio theatre in live venues.


Don't miss the 15th Annual Chili cook-off between the 2018 People's Choice Winner, Chef David's Catered Events, competing against the Kenosha Fire Department and all challengers. Featuring great chili, microbrews, wine, soda and live music 6-9 p.m. Musical entertainment will be provided by Rogers Randall and Larry Thomas.

  • Participants will include:

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 5, 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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