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 2021 are:


Holly Center:

Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Friday, 12-3 p.m.


We will have new open hours in 2022! Come visit us at the Holly Center:
Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
*Please note that the Waupaca Area Genealogical Society staffs the building on Wednesdays. This is a great time to stop in with any family history research questions!


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 at least two weeks before your visit to set up an appointment.

The lower-level Cynthia Holly Meeting Room is also available for rental for your business meeting, program or family gathering. Please contact us for rates and availability at (715) 256-9980 or email at director@waupacahistoricalsociety.org.






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.