Keeping History Alive

Waupaca and the Chain O'Lakes
 

  The Waupaca area, along with the Chain O'Lakes, were long home to the Menominee Indian tribe. The Waupaca River's falls and the nearby lakes provided an abundance of water, vegetation and wildlife. For many years, the Menominee moved around the area as the seasons changed, traveling from their village, likely on Otter Lake, to local camping grounds. 


In 1848, a federal treaty relinquished the last of their lands, including Waupaca. In June 1849, the five men from Vermont claimed land along the Waupaca River at what is now the city of Waupaca. These early settlers came to Waupaca looking for the "The Falls" that they'd heard so much about. Eventually the settlement took its name from a Menominee word meaning, "the quality of the light, or morning light on the water."


Waupaca steadily grew around the water, harnessing the power of the falls and welcoming many more settlers, including many Danish and Scandinavian immigrants. The Waupaca Historical Society, located in downtown Waupaca on Main Street, strives to preserve this rich history while educating and informing the public.


Visit one of our four historic buildings today and let us help you discover Waupaca's past today!

 

Upcoming Programs 


Thurs., June 20 at 6 p.m. AT THE DANES HALL (note location)

"The Music of Eddy Hanson: Historic Melodies from Main Street"

(Sponsored by the Koehler Family and Waupaca Community Arts Board)


Sat., June 29, 10 am-4 pm

AT THE DEPOT

Family Fun Day at the Depot with the Waupaca Area Pubic Library


Thurs., July 4, 

8:30-11:30 am

AT THE HOLLY CENTER

Fundraiser—Refreshments before the 4th of July Parade!



Thurs., July 18 at 6 p.m. 

"The Story of Whispering Pines Park"

AT THE HOLLY CENTER

(Sponsored by John and Karen Hebbring, Anita and Bob Olson, and John and Gretchen Kelley)

Current Exhibits at the Holly Center


From the Falls to the Foundry: The History of Waupaca


Carnegie Library and Waupaca's Women's Clubs


Waupaca's Warriors


Whispering Pines Park


Scrapbooks: A Collection of Waupaca's Memories


Keeping History Alive: A Look at What's New at the Waupaca Historical Society


And much more!

Chain O'Lakes Past and Present