SCHRC is open for regular business hours, Tuesday through Friday from 9-4.


History on the Move Returns


Stories Told in
Granite and Glass

The Sheboygan County Historical Research Center is excited to be back in the History on the Move business. Generations is our first host. Presentations will be socially distanced and have limited seating, Call 920-892-4858 to sign up today!

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
2:00pm to 3:30pm
Generations Intergenerational Center
1500 Douglas Drive
Plymouth, WI

We’ll visit some of the most interesting and beautiful stained glass windows and cemetery monuments in the county. We’ll discuss the background and history of each form of expression and much more.

Second Saturdays Returns

Wisconsin on the Air with Jack Mitchell

Saturday, May 8, 2021  
Plymouth Arts Center
520 East Mill Street
Plymouth, WI

On a wintry evening in 1917, university professor Earle Terry listened with guests as the popular music of the day filtered from a physics laboratory in Science Hall into a receiving set in his living room. Little did they know that one hundred years of public service broadcasting had just begun. Terry’s radio experiment blossomed into a pioneering endeavor to carry out the “Wisconsin Idea,” a promise to make the university’s knowledge accessible to all Wisconsinites, in their homes, statewide, a Progressive-era principle that still guides public broadcasting in Wisconsin and throughout the nation. In 1947, television was added to this public service model with Channel 21 in Madison, produced, like radio, from the University of Wisconsin campus. By 1967, when the Public Broadcasting Act created the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR), the Wisconsin stations had been broadcasting for fifty years. A history one hundred years in the making, Wisconsin on the Air introduces readers to the personalities and philosophies, the funding challenges and legislation, the original Wisconsin programming and pioneering technology that gave us public radio and television.

Author Jack Mitchell, who developed All Things Considered for NPR before becoming the head of Wisconsin Public Radio, deftly maps public broadcasting’s hundred-year journey by charting Wisconsin’s transition from the early days of radio and television to educational broadcasting to the news, information, and music of Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television.

What’s New


An Old Guy’s Guide to Life

A New Book By Richard A. Dykstra
Available Now


An Old Guy’s Guide to Life for People of All Ages is a new book by Cedar Grove resident, Richard A. Dykstra. An Old Guy’s Guide is filled with words of wisdom based on 70 years of lessons learned. Chapters filled with wisdom include Things I learned as a child, Things I learned Too Late, and Things I Still Don’t Understand.

Mr. Dykstra has a gentle and thoughtful way of talking about things that affect all of us. His is a style of humor to which we can all relate. This 84-page book offers more than 150 sound bits of advice.

Richard Dykstra has been associated with the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center for more than thirty years, and An Old Guy’s Guide to Life is Mr. Dykstra’s sixth book done in cooperation with SCHRC.

CLICK HERE to purchase your copy.


It’s Annual Campaign Time!

SCHRC has just begun its 2021 Annual Campaign, a fundraising event that raises money used to support the organization for the entire year.

Please consider giving generously. TO DONATE NOW, CLICK HERE.


History Uncovered

SCHRC has a new series of stories called History Uncovered sponsored by The Sheboygan Sun. The online version drops every Wednesday at 5pm. Each week it’s a new history mystery or story. They can be found at

Check out this week’s blog  –


On the Road with Lincoln
Spring Travel Resource


This summer will be exciting. And everyone wants to out traveling. But, some may hesitate. Well, here’s a fantastic way to see Wisconsin, learn some great history and travel, travel, travel.

Lincoln Among the Badgers is as much a travel guide as it is a history book. Filled with day trips, great photos, historical trivia, exciting stories, and much more. This your key to seeing Wisconsin in a whole new way.

Grab your book. Jump into your car and head for one of the 31 sites associated in some way with Abraham or Mary Todd Lincoln. Bring a lunch or stop at a drive-in. Enjoy the sunshine and freedom.

But, you will need your own copy of LINCOLN AMONG THE BADGERS.

To get your copy, CLICK HERE

A Hidden Gem

The Sheboygan County Historical Research Center is a hidden gem saving resources that would have otherwise been lost. A collaborative effort lasting nearly thirty years, the Research Center works with everyone to collect and share information.

Marge Jagler
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Research Success Stories

Thank you so much for your dedication and quick service! My family is forever grateful you helped us find my grandmother’s family.

Casey F.
Plymouth, WI

Many thanks for the amazing response to my request for information about Edward F. Zinns and his Milwaukee Graphite Company. For a quarter-century I was Head of Reference at the State Archives of Michigan, so I know good public service when I see it. Thanks for monitoring your business email after-hours. Given the caliber of the service you provide, I am not surprised. Your outstanding work on my behalf needs to be rewarded, and I would like to show my gratitude with a donation to your institution.

Le Roy G. Barnett, PhD
Contributing Editor
Historical Society of Michigan

Our Collections

The collection at the Historical Research Center contains more than 1,000,000 documents and more than 500,000 images.

The collection is comprised of things like scrapbooks, research books on genealogical topics and history, school yearbooks, State of Wisconsin blue books, church histories and anniversary books, tax records, diaries and biographies, local history books written by local authors about many of Sheboygan County’s villages, Garton Toy catalogs, Phoenix Chair and other furniture company catalogs and Sheboygan Press newspapers.

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