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 new Southport Light Station Museum will be open weekends beginning on Thursday May 4, 2017. The tower (admission fee) will be open weekends through Sunday October 29, 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.


Don't miss the 13th Annual Chili cook-off between the 2016 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:
    Chef David's Catered Events
    Twisted Cuisine
    Coffee Pot
    Lake House Bar and Grill
    Frank's Diner
    Grabs Burger Bar
    Kenosha Fire Department
    Somers Fire Department

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

    Welcome by President, State of Society Presentation and approval of 2016 minutes
    Executive Directors Report – Chris Allen
    Presentation of Don Jensen Award of Merit

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


Join the Kenosha History Center at the Holiday Open House at the Center. The Center will be decorated for the Holidays and will feature musical entertainment. Refreshments will be also be available.

This event also is the premiere of the new exhibits in the Rambler Legacy Gallery. Attendees will be the first patrons to see the new exhibit once it is unveiled. The Gift shop is also open for your holiday shopping needs. The Gift Shop features local and unique gift items. Memberships will also be offered at special rates.