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Stoughton Historical Society since 1960

  Stoughton, Wisconsin, USA



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Welcome to the Stoughton Historical Society


The Stoughton Historical Society was incorporated in 1960 as a private, non-profit organization by a group of volunteers interested in preserving local history.  
Stoughton Historical MuseumThe Society owns and operates The Stoughton Historical Museum, housed in a solid brick and stone structure built in 1858 to serve the Yankee settlers as a Universalist church.  The church was built in simple Greek Revival style using "Cream City" brick brought to Stoughton from Milwaukee by teams of oxen.  Designed by Madison architect, Stephan Vaughan Shipman, it was the first building in Stoughton to be placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. 

The Universalist Church donated the building to be used for a "museum and educational purposes".  In 1960, the Historical Society established the museum, as a permanent place to preserve the heritage of the early pioneers and their descendents.

The museum is open Sundays from Syttende Mai weekend in mid-May through Labor Day weekend.  Our 2014 featured exhibit is "Stoughton's Ever-Changing Main Street".

The Society maintains additional exhibits in the 1913 railroad Depot also home to the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce.  The Depot exhibits focus on railroad artifacts, 19th century farm tools and implements related to tobacco farming and the Stoughton wagon industry including a wagon with original paint. 

The Society also owns the Luke Stoughton pioneer home thought to be the first house of the city founder.  Click here to visit our Luke Stoughton House webpage and see photos from the 2014 Pioneer Day.


Contact us for more information:

We are looking for volunteer docents to staff the museum on Sundays.  No experience is necessary; just a friendly smile and willingness to work at least one three-hour shift.  Contact a board member or click on the link above for more information.


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