The mission of the Waupaca Historical Society is to preserve the history of the Waupaca Area and to share that history with others. We do this through our library and artifact collections, special exhibits and programs, and tours of our facilities that we offer to individuals, groups, families, and students. Our services are provided free of charge.
The Waupaca Historical Society was organized on April 27, 1953. In 1955 the Waupaca Historical Society affiliated with the State of Wisconsin Historical society and was incorporated under Wisconsin state law. The Waupaca Historical Society purchased the historic Hutchinson House in 1956, moved it to South Park, and opened it as a public museum in 1957. In 2001, Waupaca's historic 1914 Carnegie Library Building was purchased and renamed the Holly History and Genealogy Center. It now serves as the headquarters of the Waupaca Historical Society and provides the community with a history library and genealogy research facility and a community meeting room. In 2004, the Society purchased the Waupaca Railroad Depot from the Canadian National Railway. Depot restoration
began immediately and is ongoing.
The Waupaca Historical society is actively involved withe the following projects:
- Maintaining and improving our existing historic buildings
- Preserving and restoring the Railroad Depot building
- Developing historical programs and exhibits
- Acquiring historical documents and artifacts of significance to the Waupaca Area
- Support of genealogical research
- Supporting community festivals, such as Waupaca's Strawberry Festival (3rd Saturday in June) and the July 4th Hometown Day Parade & Celebration