History and Research
The Waupaca Historical Society's Holly Center houses books, collections and photographs, among many other objects, that tell the history of Waupaca and the Chain O'Lakes area. The Holly Center also houses the Waupaca Area Genealogical Society's collection of genealogical and research materials.
The Waupaca Area Genealogical Society also have great historical and genealogical information, along with cemetery records and information, on their website: http://www.wigenweb.org/waupaca/index.htm.
For more history on Waupaca and the Chain O'Lakes, click on the "More" tab. Under "History and Research," click "Waupaca and Chain O'Lakes History."
If you are starting research on your historic home, this link is a helpful place to start: https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/a-guide-to-researching-the-history-of-a-house/. Local property titles, deeds and other land documents are housed at the Waupaca County Courthouse at the Register of Deeds.
The Holly Center is open for research during public hours on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (and Saturdays during the summer).
Upcoming Programs at the Waupaca Historical Society!
- November 12-21: Pre-order your commemorative Yuletide Trail tin for the cookie walk! Tins are $20 and support the Waupaca Historical Society!
- Sat., Dec. 4: Yuletide Trail
Bring your commemorative holiday tin and join the cookie walk at Yuletide Trail! Shop downtown, see Santa, enjoy a stop at the fire pits outside City Hall, crafts and hot chocolate outside the library, and much, much more!
2021 FALL Hours (UPDATE!)
This fall, he Holly Center will be open to the public on
Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
WHS COVID POLICY
Following CDC guidelines, masks are required in all of our buildings. We encourage all visitors to maintain a 6-foot distance from others and remain at home if exposed to COVID-19 or feeling unwell.
Appointments outside of open hours at any WHS buildings can be made by calling the Holly History and Genealogy Center at (715) 256-9980 or emailing
Tracy Behrendt at