The Sheboygan County Historical Research Center serves the public by collecting, preserving and making available the written documentation and images of Sheboygan County.
The SCHRC is a private archive. It is a sister organization to the Sheboygan County Historical Society and Museum. The two organizations work very closely together, but are, in fact, two distinct entities with similar purposes. The Sheboygan County Historical MUSEUM collects artifacts (chairs, clothing, farm machinery) associated with Sheboygan County. Sheboygan County Historical RESEARCH CENTER collects paper history (maps, photos, newspaper articles, scrapbooks) of the county. If you dust it, it goes to our sister, the Sheboygan County Historical Museum. If you file it, then it comes here.
The SCHRC has over 20,000 general information files (newspaper clippings, past research correspondence, small genealogies) focusing on family surnames, local business and industry, Sheboygan County towns, villages and cities, local landmarks, clubs and organizations, landmarked properties, churches and much more.
The information in each family file is not necessarily specific to one family. You will have to sort through to find your family. A segregated family file is created only when the amount of information collected necessitates its formation. If we do not have a family file for your family, not to worry; there are many other avenues to explore! Consider it to be the perfect opportunity to start a family file of your own. New files are created every week.
Volunteers from all walks of life and of all ages, with a variety of interests and knowledge are encouraged to participate. We are built on nearly thirty years of dedication by thousands of volunteers giving tens of thousands of hours of their time to create the best organized research center in the area.
The Sheboygan County Historical Research Center is governed by a volunteer board of directors numbering up to fifteen members. Our board includes Rick Dodgson, David Gallianetti, Robert Gorges, Nancy Jusky, Larschelby ‘Schel’ Kidd, Wayne Warnecke and Joseph Zagozen. Each board member may serve up to three, three-year terms. The board members were chosen for their talents and their ability to help the Research Center reach fulfill its mission. They are formally elected by the membership at the annual meetings held in September of each year.
Preservation of the printed word and photographs of long-forgotten buildings and historic events is the important role of our very own SCHRC. It is an exceptional place.