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

We will be requesting patrons to adhere to the following guidance to help protect the wellness of the community:
-Masks are required for non-vaccinated museum patrons.
-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 county 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


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.


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


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


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.


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


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