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).


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.

Tentative Schedule of Events

    Tuesday July 25, 2017 - Cruise Night at Wendy's, 3811 75th Street
    Wednesday July 26, 2017 - Cruise Night at Andy's, 2929 Roosevelt Rd.
    Thursday July 27, 2017 - Cruise Night at Mason's Eatery and Pub, 7000 74th Place, Kenosha
    Cruise Night at McDonald's, 6630 Washington Rd. Racine
    Friday July 28, 2017 - Swap Meet at Kennedy Park
    Friday July 28, 2017 - Gremlins at Jeffery School (Tour of school)
    Friday July 28, 2017 - Ice Cream Social at Nash School, AMC Cruise down 60th Street to night time car show downtown
    Saturday July 29, 2017 - Car Show and Swap Meet at Kennedy Park
    Sunday July 30, 2017 - AMC Racing at Great Lakes Dragaway

2017 Car Show Vendors and Car Registrants

Click the link button below to download the Registration form.

Download Registration Form


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.

    Participants will include:
    To be announced

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.

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.