Waupaca Historical Society
Waupaca Historical Society
321 S. Main St., Waupaca, WI 54981

Holly History & Genealogy Center

 The Holly History & Genealogy Center was built as the Waupaca Public Library. Thanks to the support and financial suport of the women of Waupaca, the local community and a Carnegie grant, the library opened on July 1, 1914. It served as the library until 1993. In 2001, the Waupaca Historical Society purchased the building to house its offices, collections and, later, the genealogical materials of the Waupaca Area Genealogical Society.

The Holly Center today is a depository for artifacts, local history books, documents, photos, maps, family histories, manuscripts, and other items relating to Waupaca and the surrounding area. The upper level of the Holly Center features exhibits related to Waupaca and Chain O'Lakes history. The lower level offers a meeting room for programming and rentals.

Due to COVID-19, we are open with only limited hours at this time. Our current hours for Summer 2021 are:

Holly Center:

Wednesday, 12-3 p.m.

Friday, 12-3 p.m.

We hope to open for our normal hours below soon!
Open hours:

Wednesday & Friday:
12 to 3 p.m. (September - May)
12 to 4 p.m. (June - August)

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (June - August)

The Holly Center can also open by special appointment at other times if arranged ahead of your visit. If you are traveling to Waupaca from out of town, we recommend that you call two weeks before your visit to verify that the Holly Center will be open.

We offer group tours by appointment. Please call (715) 256-9980. The lower-level Cynthia Holly Meeting Room is also available for rental. Please contact us for rates and availability.

Several rotating and permanent displays at the Holly Center offer a look at the Waupaca Historical Society's collections and Waupaca's history.

The Holly Center has a large library of genealogical and historical research materials.  These are available for research during open hours.