Some of the earliest settlers came to Waupaca in the mid-1800s looking for the "wonderful falls" on the Waupaca River that they'd heard so much about. Some say "Waupaca" means tomorrow, sparkling waters, clear water, or brave young hero. Others credit the city’s name to an old Indian chief – "Wa-Puka" – whose name means "watching."
Whatever its origin, Waupaca is an area rich in history. The Waupaca Historical Society strives to preserve that history while educating and informing the public. Visit one of our facilities today and let us help you discover the past.