Monroe County Local History Room & Museum
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VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE TOYS FOR UPCOMING EXHIBIT
The polls are now open to cast your vote for the most beloved toys made from the 1940s through 1990s...
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Sparta Youth Scavenger Hunt Underway
The Local History Room and Sparta Kiwanis Club are sponsoring a City-Wide Scavenger Hunt, August 1 – August 15, 2020...
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Monroe County Local History Room & Museum

Monroe County Historical Society

The Monroe County Historical Society Inc (MCHS) is charted exclusively for education, to preserve, advance and disseminate the knowledge of the history of Monroe County, WI. It is a nonprofit membership 501c(3) organization under the direction of a Board of Directors.

(NOTE: MCHS is a separate and distinct organization from the Monroe County Local History Room, but is affiliated with it as we share a common purpose.)

HISTORIC PRESERVATION:

MCHS was instrumental in establishing the Monroe County Local History Room, Wegner Grotto County Park, and Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bicycle Museum (now both distinct and separate organizations). Currently, MCHS owns and operates the Big Creek Church and one-room Brackett School as historic sites.

GRANT PROGRAM:

MCHS offers several Transportation Grants to Monroe County schools each year. Click on the link below to learn more about this program:

Transportation Grants for Visiting Monroe County Museums & Historical Sites [Application deadlines: Fall Tours: Sept. 10; Spring Tours: March 1]

MEMBERSHIP:

Annual dues are $10.00 individual (annual), $15.00 family, $75.00 Life Membership (age 55 or older), $150.00 Life Membership (under age 55). We would like to invite you to join us at our quarterly and annual meetings and special events. Be sure to check our quarterly newsletter for announcements about upcoming meetings and special events.

ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW:

The Monroe County Historical Society sponsors two HUGE arts and crafts shows annually, held the 1st Saturday in March and November at the Sparta High School. For vendor information and forms, please download both documents below.

Spring 2020 Vendor Application Materials

EXAMPLES OF PAST PROGRAMING AND EVENTS:

  • Annual meeting Thursday in May (watch local newspapers for date)
  • Quarterly Board meetings the first Thursday in January, June, August, and October
  • Art/Craft Show in November and March at the Sparta High School
  • Cemetery Spirit Walk in the fall
  • Big Creek Church Christmas Candlelight Service in December
  • Big Creek Church August Pie and Ice Cream Social
  • MCHS Collectibles/Antique Road Show

NEWSLETTER:

MCHS publishes a quarterly newsletter featuring organizational news and items of historical interest. This newsletter is free to members.

To learn more about the Monroe County Historical Society, write to:

Monroe County Historical Society
PO Box 422
Sparta, WI 54656

For an MCHS Membership Application, Click Here.

Make check payable to and mail to the following address (along with this form):

Monroe County Historical Society
PO Box 422
Sparta, WI 54656

(The Monroe County Historical Society is a separate and distinct organization from the Monroe County Local History Room.)

Big Creek Church   Brackett School   Students in desks at Brackett School