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Preserving the Past to Teach the Future. Our mission is to To collect and preserve Kenosha County’s history through education, programs and exhibits.


The Kenosha History Center and Southport Light Station Museum are reopening to the public
After over a year of being closed to help protect our community, the Kenosha History Center and Southport Light Station Museum will open to Kenosha County Historical Society members on May 6, 2021. We’d like to take the opportunity to express our sincere thanks to our members and to the public who have stuck with us through a historically difficult year.

The Kenosha History Center and Southport Light Station Museum will reopen to the public on May 13, 2021.

Following guidance from our local Health Department, we will be imposing some restrictions on staff and visitors to help protect the wellness of the community:
-Masks will be required. Staff and volunteers will be wearing masks when in close proximity to others, and we ask our patrons to also wear a face covering.
-We will be limiting visitors to 25% of occupancy. If the museum is busy, you may be asked to wait for others to leave before touring.
-Please keep a respectful distance from other groups. Please don’t crowd many groups together.
-Staff will be periodically cleaning touchable surfaces. To ensure we’re as clean as possible.

01About Us

Kenosha County Historical Society is a campus of two buildings, the Kenosha History Center building which focuses on Kenosha County history, and the Southport Light Station Museum, a restored Light Keeper's home and lighthouse.

The Kenosha History Center building houses the main offices, three exhibit galleries, the gift shop and our Archives. The Southport Light Station, located on top of the hill above the History Center building, is the fourth gallery, focusing on maritime history.

The Southport Light Station Museum is composed of the 1866 historic lighthouse and the adjacent 1867 historic Lighthouse Keeper's home. Both floors of the Lighthouse Keeper's home have been restored to a 1908 time period, which dates to the most recent building additions and changes. The Southport Light Station Museum is open mid May through the end of October.
History Center Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-4:30pm; Sat, 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm
Southport Lightstation Hours: Thu-Sat, 10am - 4pm; Sun, 12-4pm

02 Our Vison

The Kenosha County Historical Society and Museum will be the premier keeper of count history, a thriving center for research and learning, and a respected authority on our county’s past.

03 Our Values

1. Collaborative
2. Inclusive.
3. Relevant
4. Accessible
5. Transparent
6. Ethical
7. Educational
8. Innovative
9. Dedicated
10. Visible

 

Quick Links

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Light the historic 1866 lighthouse for a loved one as a memorial, celebration or as a contribution to the restoration and upkeep of the Southport Light Station.

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The History Center and Southport Light Station Museum host several events every year. Click on the photo for more information.

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The Southport Light Station Museum is open weekends May through October and is available for rental. Click on the title or photo.

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The Kenosha History Center's Lost Industry digitized collection is available online. Both digitized photographs and Corporate materials are available. The collection is available by clicking on the photo.

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Memorial Bricks are available for purchase around the Southport Light Station Museum grounds.

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The Kenosha History Center and Southport Light Station Museum are available for rental. Click the photo for more information.