Due to COVID-19, we are open with only limited hours at this time. Our current hours for Summer 2021 are:
Hutchinson House Museum:
Open the Second Weekends of the Summer (June 12-13, July 10-11, August 14-15)
Open 1-4 p.m. for tours
We hope to open for our normal hours below soon!Open Saturdays, Sundays and Summer Holidays, from 1 to 4 p.m.
ADMISSION IS FREE, but donations are always appreciated!
The Hutchinson House, built in 1854 in Waupaca, is a well-preserved example of New-England-style architecture. The one-and-half story farmhouse was originally built on the corner of West Fulton and Franklin Streets by Chester and Susannah Hutchinson. The home was moved to South Park in 1956. The Hutchinson House is filled with vintage furniture and artifacts from the Victorian era, along with numerous objects from Waupaca's early settlers. The Waupaca Historical Society opened the home as a Museum in 1957 as part of Waupaca's Centennial celebration.
Tours of the Hutchinson House Museum take visitors into the Victorian home and its impressive display of household furnishings, clothing, glassware and textiles, with many of the artifacts having ties to early settlers of Waupaca County. The Hutchinson House welcomes visitors of all ages. Children ages 5 to 12 have the option to participate in activities such as a photo scavenger hunt for artifacts and/or making button spinner toys.
SPECIAL NOTE: If you would like to schedule a group or family tour of the Hutchinson House Museum, please call 715-256-9980. Tours of the Hutchinson House Museum are offered from from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The museum offers tours for the 4th grade classes on weekdays in late September or October.
The collections at the Waupaca Historical Society include many handmade objects, including this beautifully hand-stitched patchwork quilt (above).
The Hutchinson House tells the story of the late 1800s to the early 1900s in Waupaca. The kitchen area of the home features numerous period artifacts.
The Hutchinson House dining room tells the story of both Victorian-era living, but also life in Waupaca at the turn of the century.
Upcoming Programs at the Waupaca Historical Society!
- Thurs., October 21, 6 p.m.:
"150 Years of the Railroad in Waupaca" with Mike Kirk at the Depot
- Fri., October 29, 4-6 p.m.:
Brat fry at Halloween on Main (find us in front of the library/City Hall on South Main Street!). Children can trick-or-treat at local businesses downtown and enjoy Halloween activities!
- Thurs., November 11, 6 p.m.:
"The Legend of Chief Waupaca" with Ray Reser at Danes Hall (301 N. Main Street)
- Sat., Dec. 4: Yuletide Trail
Help us preserve your story!
We are collecting memories and stories from the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021. These collections will be preserved at the Holly History and Genealogy Center to help future generations understand this time in Waupaca, our state, and our country. Please consider filling out our survey here!
Surveys can be emailed to email@example.com
or mailed to WHS, 321 S. Main Street, Waupaca, WI 54981.
2021 Summer Hours (UPDATE!)
Starting June 10, the 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 appreciated 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