Oconomowoc Area Historical Society

Committed to historic preservation and research

The museum is open Tuesday-Thursday and on Sunday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Office hours are on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Thank You to Piggly Wiggly receipt donors! We made enough money to fund a new laptop for the education volunteers. Please keep the receipts coming!


It is the mission of the Oconomowoc Area Historical Society and Museum to serve our many constituencies as a community resource and learning center, committed to historic preservation and research; and to inspire and encourage curiosity and passion for our historic treasures.

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization and there is no charge for museum admittance.

The one, the only Ixonia!

Come join us. Learn more about this township. Share your knowledge.

Program presented by the Education Committee of the Oconomowoc Area Historical Society: Jolayne Lindberg and Barb Elwood-Goetsch

Saturday, January 27, 2024 

9:30 a.m. Coffee & Conversation

10:00 a.m.   Membership Meeting

10:30 a.m.   Program on Ixonia

Oconomowoc Area Historical Society & Museum

103 W. Jefferson Street

January 2024 Quarterly Meeting News from Sandie Carter

  • The Oconomowoc Area Historical Society and Museum will kick off the
    new year with a Quarterly Meeting on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at the museum. There will be coffee and treats starting at 9:30 AM.
  • The membership meeting will begin at 10 AM. Bob Duffy, the new OAHS&M president, will lead the meeting. This will be an opportunity to hear the news about what is going on in the museum. Did you know that the city of Oconomowoc is celebrating The Wizard of Oz 85th Anniversary this summer? The museum will have some surprises for members and guests alike to enjoy this summer. Have you been into the museum lately? You must check out the collection of L. Frank Baum 'Oz' books. The covers are beautifully illustrated in color and are on display now in the main foyer of the museum.
  • Following the membership meeting, the group will be entertained with a presentation on Ixonia. Barb Elwood-Goetsch and Jolayne Lindberg will go back in time to the beginnings of the township just west of Oconomowoc. I am particularly excited about the presentation because my ancestors traveled from Prussia to Ixonia in the mid 1800’s where they farmed the land.

History as Art Event

We've combined the artistic talents of Oconomowoc High School students with the inspiration and resources of the Oconomowoc Area Historical Society & Museum. Proving that history and artistic creation/interpretation can be brought together in a new way into works of art.

Students spent time in the museum in last October to view and research the many areas of interest available. The goal was selection of subject material they would like to use to challenge themselves artistically to create a visual presentation.

These artists provided a brief explanation of why they choose their subject matter, how it is important to them or what aspects drew them in. Their inspirational thoughts showed deep feeling and commitment to art as a serious form of expression and their creations were a surprising form of that.

This was a resounding success for OAHS&M and the students. Over 65 people attended the Reception and Awards night in December. Awards were given by voting: Visitor's Vote, Admiration Award, Director's Choice

Looks like this will be an annual event as the students were already seeking out their next subjects for inspiration in 2024!

Books of Interest

Newly added to the museum library

Books donated to the museum represent a broad range of subjects, many of which will be of interest to museum visitors and researchers, Here is a sampling of titles in no particular order, including the shelf order number.

K nollward: The Marjorie Montgomery Ward Baker Estate. (800 North Lake Road, Oconomowoc. 1999. 977.5932 KNO

Oconomowoc Talk, Newsletter, Oconomowoc Chamber of Commerce 1993-1997. 380 CHA

MANOR-isms, Wilkinson Manor newsletter, 1991-2018. 362 WIL

4 2nd “Rainbow” Infantry Division: A combat history of World War II. 940.54 DAL Bk2.

The View, Art and literary work by students of Oconomowoc Junior High School, 1965-1985.

Miss Oconomowoc Pageants: 1976, 1977, 1978. 791.4 AME

Wallace-Homestead Price Guide to Dolls (collecting )1984/85. 745.5922 WAL

Kovels’s New Dictionary of (pottery) Marks, 1986. 738.0275 KOV

Bradford Book of Collector’s Plates, 1978. 738 BRA

St. Mary’s School of Nursing (Milwaukee): Description and graduates, 1894-1954. 378 StM

Badger 1962: University of Wisconsin Yearbook. 378 UW

Under present policies, books are treated as artifacts of the museum and can only be used in the building. Please consult museum staff regarding scanning and photocopy services.

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