2020 Annual Campaign Progress 66%


SCHRC ‘s 2020 Annual Campaign is underway.

This is an exciting time to be associated with the Research Center, and your financial support at this crucial time permits the Center to manage and care for the massive-size collections of documents, maps, photographs, newspapers, and books that chronicle the history of your Sheboygan County. It is your support that allows community outreach programs like Second Saturdays, History on the Move, Annual History Symposium, Genealogy Seminar, Lincoln Seminar, and the annual Bus Trip to attract new members by telling stories and spreading the word that learning history is fun and needed now more than ever!

Your gift allows the organization to continue to share its familiar programs, while developing new ones to reach diversified audiences. When combined, our programs are sure to enrich, entertain, and enlighten the lives of so many. Please support your Center by mailing in a gift today, or by going to Donate Here to make an online gift.

Thank you for your continued support!  Please remain healthy and safe!


Our Mission

The Sheboygan County Historical Research Center serves the public by collecting, preserving and making available the written documentation and images of Sheboygan County.

SCHRC is right here in your backyard. Your participation and support in collecting history enriches and transforms lives through hands-on access to everyone’s history.

New Projects

Black River book project
The Black River Area, a Gem of Sheboygan County”, is an endeavor, a new book, by James Schultz and Beth Dippel to capture the fascinating history of the people and places of Black River, which emerged while researching and compiling materials for the Black River Museum. If you wish to contribute ideas, please contact the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center at 920.467.4667. We’re looking for pictures and stories about life in Black River.

See more at Black River.

2020-2021 Seconds Saturdays Schedule Announced

Nine great programs are scheduled for our fall and winter season. At this point eight are in person presentations and one is remote.  Click here to access the full schedule.

What’s New


Title: Among the Badgers: Rediscovering Sites Associated with Abraham and Mary Lincoln in Wisconsin.
Author: Steven K. Rogstad
Publisher: Mill House Press (2020)

This study represents the first scholarly treatment of the visits Abraham and Mary Lincoln made to the Badger State. Although they collectively visited Wisconsin five times, they traveled into the state at different times and never together. Abraham Lincoln entered the state’s borders for the first time in 1832 during his military service in the Black Hawk War, returning in 1859 to make speeches in Milwaukee, Beloit, and Janesville. Mary traveled toured northern Wisconsin and Racine in 1867, returning five years later to take advantage of the healing waters of Waukesha.

For more information, click this link Among the Badgers.

2020 On the Road with History Bus Tour

Don’t miss the 2020 On the Road with History Bus Tour this October.  Get more info by clicking here.


Time to Archive

SCHRC will be closed from Monday, August 17, 2020 through Saturday, August 29, 2020 for archiving. Each year we do this twice each year to get caught up on processing the donations that come into the Research Center.

New Books Available Now at SCHRC

Black Hawk Symposium Papers

If you missed the 2019 event, here is your chance to revisit those outstanding presentations. Each speaker has submitted a paper detailing their lectures. See more about the publication  –  Black Hawk – Dissolving Myths and Legends

Sheboygan County’s Unforgotten – Korean War Soldiers

This book remembers Sheboygan County’s casualties, its prisoners of war, those still missing, soldiers of the occupation and others whose stories have impacted their lives forever.

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 Story

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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