Last updated: 6/21/2020
1617 - 9th St.
Monroe, WI 53566
P.O. Box 804
Monroe, WI 53566
Includes a tour of the one-room school, which was built in 1868.
Ages (12-17): $1
Children under 12 with an adult: Free
Donna Kjendlie, President Board of Directors
Stay Tuned for Exciting Things in 2020!
We normally open our museum to visitors in June, but will have to delay that opening this year due to the pandemic. We want to make sure our facility is safe for visitors and volunteers so, we may be closed temporarily, but please come visit us once we re-open to see our new general store and take a tour of the museum. Most importantly, everyone please stay safe and healthy. More details to come at a later date.
If you are new to the area or have lived here your entire life, you can find many links to the past at the Green County Historical Society.
Self-Guided Tour of Historic Barns, Farms and Cheese Factories Now Available
Local Historian, Kim Tschudy, has compiled a list of historic barns, farms and cheese factories located in New Glarus and Washington Townships in Green County. For additional information on the tour or to download a brochure containing tour information, please visit our Barn Project page on our Society website. The trip is 25 miles in length and begins and ends at the New Glarus tourism booth located at the corner of Railroad St. and 6th Ave. in beautiful New Glarus.
Historical Society Seeks Donations for Lincoln Park Water Tower
In 2005, GCHS took the lead in putting the 1889 Lincoln Park Water Tower on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. May citizens contributed money in this effort. The old water tower, which was taken out of service in 1993, was eligible for the State and National Historical Registers.
The old water tower also created a fine masonry landmark in Monroe. In 2010 the City of Monroe approved the painting of the water tower's steel tank. Today, GCHS is seeking private donations and grants for the further maintenance of the water tower. They have gotten price quotes for power washing the interior of the tower, the laying of a 4" concrete floor in the interior and spraying a wet mix of concrete (shot crete) coating to the 3-foot outer base of the tower. The estimated cost for all three projects is approximately $8,000. Any checks donated for this project should be made out to "Green County Historical Society" with a note in the memo line "WATER TOWER ONLY."
The Green County Historical Society was formed as an educational organization in 1937 with Carl Marty, Sr. as its first president. Since its formation, the group has preserved the historical and cultural resources of Green County. The society continues to collect, preserve, and make these resources available to the public.
Starting in early 2016, the Green County Historical Society, in cooperation with the State Historical Society Preservation Division, local groups and individuals, will begin the process of taking inventory of barns and other outbuildings located on the property.
Over recent years, the barns that once graced the rolling hills of Green County have been disappearing either from deterioration or from being torn down by their owners due lack of need. This is a trend that isn't just specific to Green County, but rather, it is an epidemic that is impacting rural locations throughout the nation. While preservationists recognize that not all buildings of historic merit can be saved, this project will fight to save representative examples so that present and future generations can visually experience these buildings and the life ways they represent.
The inventory project is modeled after one that was completed in Michigan. The project and involvement from the community will aid in the preservation process and allow the community residents to learn about architectural survey methods in an enjoyable community-service experience. If you have questions about the project or would like to volunteer to assist with the inventory of these buildings, please fill out the contact form on this page.
The Green County Historical Society's Board of Directors is comprised of ten at large members and one member appointed by the City of Monroe. The Board meets on the Thursday prior to the third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm at the museum.
Grand Army of the Republic Book Index Now Available
The Grand Army of the Republic book lists veterans of the Civil War that were members of the Pinney Post in Monroe, WI. The index includes the page number the soldier's bio appears on, the date on which he was mustered in, the number of lines in his bio, and any miscellaneous notes. We ask that people make an appointment to do research because there is not enough time when we are open to accommodate them while giving tours. You may search the index on the research page of the society’s website. If you want to look at the book or you may contact Matt at 325-6503 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
Appointment required: No
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