New Scholarship Available!

The WCHAS is very proud to announce the inception of the Clarence “Inky” Jungwirth Scholarship Fund.  Mr. Jungwirth was a scholar of local history and authored several books about Oshkosh and Winnebago County.  As a beneficiary of his memorial fund, the WCHAS agreed to use those dollars to promote one of Mr. Jungwirth’s greatest passions, which was education.  Each year, one student in grades 6-12 and one student in higher education (university, tech school, junior college) will each be awarded a $500 scholarship to support a historical project they are completing.  

Recipients must have residence in Winnebago County, Wisconsin to qualify. Candidates should complete the online scholarship application, attach a cover letter, two letters of recommendation, and electronically submit the materials by May 24, 2019.  

Winners will be announced by June 7, 2019.

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2019 Volunteer Coordinator

This year we are happy to have Doreen Olson as our volunteer coordinator! She will be working with committees to recruit and help train volunteers. Doreen has previously worked in digital marketing and has experience recruiting student interns. In her free time, she enjoys attending concerts, knitting, and beekeeping. She is excited to work with the WCHAS board and volunteers. Visit our Volunteer page to learn more about our volunteer opportunities and contact information for Doreen.


Membership Renewal

It's that time of year again! All annual memberships need to be renewed to remain current and to keep receiving your issues of the County Fare newsletter. Memberships can be renewed online or by mailing a membership form with payment. Those who are new members after October 1, 2018, your memberships are covered through 2019. If you have questions regarding your membership status, please contact Membership Committee chairperson Denise Blaze.

WCHAS 100 in 2019

This year marks the centennial of our historical society. On November 22, 1919, a meeting was called to organize a branch of the State Archaeological and Historical Society in Winnebago County. The original founding members were Arthur Kannenberg (secretary & treasurer), Charles Koehn; Clarence T. Olen (president); Ralph Buckstaff; Nile Behncke; Ed Crane; Mrs. Ed Crane; Ellis Roberts; Fred Walker; J. T. Armstrong; Publius V. Lawson and Florence Josephine Lawson. At that time the organization was called the Winnebago Archeological and Historical Society, and the purpose was to engage in identifying and researching the many important historical sites in Winnebago County.

Allouez Marker Dedication- 1921

Allouez Marker Dedication- 1921

The first marker placed by the society was on April 24, 1921 in Menominee Park, Oshkosh--which is still there today! The historical marker was a memorial to the first Catholic mass held in the area by Father Claude Allouez in 1670. An article in the Oshkosh Daily Northwestern described the day’s festivities in detail and approximated nearly 1,500 people attended.

Since our founding 100 years ago, the Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society, as we are now known, has done a tremendous amount of work to preserve and share our local history. What is the secret to our century of success? It is our dedicated volunteers and supporters with a shared passion for preserving our past. It will be these same historical mindful people who see the Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society through the next century.



Volunteer Coordinator

The Winnebago County Historical & Archaeological Society is looking for a person to coordinate volunteer activities for the organization.

• Paid part-time position, 8 hrs per week max.
• 1 year service contract position / no benefits / not eligible for workman’s compensation or unemployment
• Position begins mid-April through mid-December
• $12.50/hr


Mail cover letter and resume to:
WCHAS Volunteer Coordinator
234 Church Ave
Oshkosh. WI 54901

Deadline for applicants is December 31, 2018

WCHAS Holiday Tours


If you missed our first open house for the holiday season, you have two more chances to visit the Morgan House this year. The museum will be open Saturday, December 8 from 1:00 pm -5:00 pm and December 15 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Admission is FREE for everyone, but donations are accepted. A special holiday exhibit is on display as well as a home-built, mechanical Christmas tree carousel. Come and see this beautifully decorated Queen Anne style home this holiday season! 🎄 ❄️🎁🎅

December Book Club


Book club usually meets the last Tuesday of each month in the Morgan House library. Due to Christmas being on the last Tuesday, book club has been pushed back one day to Wednesday, December 26. The meeting will still be held in the Morgan House at 6 pm. The schedule will resume as normal starting in January 2019.

For its final book of 2018, book will club read and discuss Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass. The preeminent American slave narrative first published in 1845, Frederick Douglass’s Narrative powerfully details the life of the abolitionist from his birth into slavery in 1818 to his escape to the North in 1838, how he endured the daily physical and spiritual brutalities of his owners and driver, how he learned to read and write, and how he grew into a man who could only live free or die.

Big Bur Oak


The Bur Oak is the mighty tree in our backyard. Native to Wisconsin, this tree is thought to be over 200 years old and could have been growing before the house was built.  The Bur Oak was listed as a recommended deciduous tree for homeowners by the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society in 1920. If you look high in this tree you will notice wire that has been added to help bear the weight of its branches. 

Newsletter Submissions


The Outreach Committee is working hard to put together the 4th Quarter County Fare newsletter. Our quarterly publication is packed with interesting local history, program schedules and all the latest news from the Winnebago County Historical & Archaeological Society. Our newsletter is only available to our members, so become a member today to get the great publication!

Want to contribute to the County Fare?! Send your stories & photos to us by October 19 to have them in the final issue of the newsletter for the year. You can submit them by emailing a Word Document or Google Doc to:

Membership Data

WCHAS Memberships

(Current as of 9/15/18)

Here is the breakdown of paid memberships that help support the WCHAS. All memberships (excluding Life) are renewed on an annual basis. Membership dues help the organization pay for preservation supplies, educational outreach, our scholarship fund, and many, many, many other functions of the historical society. In return, our members will receive our quarterly newsletter County Fare right to the mailbox or inbox. Visit our Membership page to learn about about the benefits of becoming an active member of the Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society.

WCHAS on Youtube


The WCHAS engages our audience through many social media platforms. Now we are streaming on Youtube (<—-Click Here). Check out some of the vintage film footage and the newest series called “Collection Chronicles” that features items added to our inventory of historical artifacts and archival material. Take a look and let us know what you think!

What would you like us to add to our Youtube channel?! Leave your suggestion in the comment section below.

New Website Launch

WCHAS Logo - circa 1920

WCHAS Logo - circa 1920

Welcome to the new Winnebago County Historical & Archaeological Society Website! We are excited to be unveiling our new-and-improved look! Make sure you explore the tabs at the top to see the drop-down menus. Our new web page will try to incorporate more historical information and resources for our visitors. This will be added as more of our collections are digitized! Stay tuned, and let us know what you think!