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


The historic Southport lighthouse and the Southport Light Station Museum will be open weekends beginning May 6, 2021. 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 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.
All tour guests are required to wear a face mask and keep a safe distance from other people on the tour.


Please note the Homecoming Car Show has been cancelled and has been rescheduled for 2022. 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 2022 car show registriation form. The Car and Vendor Registration form for the 2022 show is now available.

Download Registration form



Join the Kenosha History Center for an evening of great chili from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Chili tasting will be from 6 p.m. until it’s gone, and there will be live music by TBA the entire evening. Taste and vote for your favorite chili for the People’s Choice Traveling Trophy to be awarded; ballots must be cast by 8:30 p.m. to be counted. A panel of judges will also pick their favorite for the Judges’ Choice Trophy.

There will be a cash bar with a selection of beer, wine, soda, and water. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds go to help preserve Kenosha County history.

  • 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 2019 Minutes
    Executive Directors Report – Chris Allen
    Presentation of Don Jensen Award of Merit

Please RSVP by November 10, 2021 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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