The Waupaca Historical society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is dependent upon donations and community support. Donations to our society are greatly appreciated. Your donations help us maintain our historic buildings and help us to fulfill our mission to preserve the history of the Waupaca area. Checks can be made payable to the Waupaca Historical Society and sent to:
Waupaca Historical Society
321 S. Main St.
Waupaca, WI 54981
The Waupaca Historical Society is thankful for in-kind donations of new or gently used items. The following items are on our Wish List at the Holly History and Genealogy Center:
Slate chalkboards for children ($30)
iPad for historic photos ($200)
iPad stand ($100)
Steel shelving with powder finish for storage ($140)
If you are interested in donating artifacts, photographs, documents or other objects related to the Waupaca area to the Waupaca Historical Society, please contact Tracy Behrendt at firstname.lastname@example.org or (715) 256-9980.
Order your "Safer at Home" Waupaca community cookbook today!
Cookbooks are now available for pre-order with the form here! Cookbooks cost $10 each. The form, with payment, can be dropped off at the Holly Center or the Waupaca Area Public Library.
The cookbook, a joint fundraiser for the Waupaca Historical Society and the Waupaca Area Public Library, features recipes, stories and photographs from this pandemic year.
2020 FALL PLANS
Keeping in mind the safety of its volunteers, staff and visitors, the Waupaca Historical Society has decided to open its buildings this fall by appointment only.
People may call or email the Waupaca Historical Society for a one-hour tour or research appointment at the Holly History and Genealogy Center, Hutchinson House (as weather permits) or Depot (as weather permits). Outside of prearranged appointments, the buildings will remain closed to the public. All programs and meeting room rentals are cancelled through 2020.
No one should enter the building—visitors, staff or volunteers—who does not feel well or is experiencing flu-like symptoms, fever or any other COVID-19 symptoms. All visitors and volunteers are required to wear masks during tours and appointments.
Gift shop items are available via email or phone for curbside pickup or mail.
Appointments to visit the WHS buildings can be made by calling the Holly History and Genealogy Center at (715) 256-9980 or emailing Tracy Behrendt at