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Preserving Sheboygan County

The Sheboygan County Historical Research Center (SCHRC), located in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, specializes in the preservation and storage of written records of all of Sheboygan County and the surrounding area.

500,000 images,1,000,000 documents
​Where Local History Is All About You


The Wisconsin Historical marker at Wyalusing State Park commemorating the Passenger Pigeon.

Bernetta Rautmann has been an SCHRC volunteer for years. She manages a part of the Marriages and Anniversaries collections. She is also a great resource for info on Johnsonville and much more.​  


Monday - Closed

Tuesday  - Friday - 9:00 - 4:00pm

Saturday - 8:30am - 12:00pm

Sunday  - Closed

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John J. Audubon drawing of the once abundant passenger pigeon.

Downtown Sheboygan, 1970s. 

Sheboygan County Historical Research Center

518 Water Street
Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085

Passenger Pigeons - From Abundance to Extinction

2014 marked the one hundredth anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. Once the most plentiful land bird on earth it went from abundance to extinction in a period of about fifty years. When Europeans began exploring North America in the 17th and 18th centuries historians estimate there were 3 to 5 billion passenger pigeons. Yes, that really is billion. They made up, perhaps, 40 percent of the total North American bird population.
Read the story here.  



Closed Saturday, May 27, 2017 for Memorial Day weekend.

History: gossip well told. ~Elbert Hubbard

Visit the library at the Research Center. Search for your family. Check out the historic mural on the east wall of SCHRC. It once hung in the Sheboygan County Courthouse.