The Museum is located in the old county jail, which was built in 1908. The sheriff and his family lived in the front and prisoners in the back. It includes a school room, bed rooms, kitchen, county store, jail cells, doctors' room, dispatcher's office, music room, parlor, war room, research room containing obituary & court case indexes, obituaries, genealogy & area history, on-line computers & vintage computers, archives containing old court cases, newspapers, photos & glass negatives. The museum is open for research in the basement on Wed. & Thurs. 9:00 a.m.-12 noon. Tours are given Wed. 1-4 p.m. Tours take approximately 1 hour, so arrive by 3 p.m. We are usually open during summer & fall on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and sometimes 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Photocopies of obituaries and other items can be made for 50 cents each at the museum. Scans of available obituaries can be e-mailed or postal mailed for $3.00 per page.
Membership forms, Waushara County history booklets, and other items are available at the museum during open hours.
Historic interviews and Waushara history cassettes can be listened to at the Wautoma Public Library, 410 W Main St., Wautoma in the genealogy center. CD copies of these tapes are available for checkout at the library.
Guernsey Dale School Fundraiser started
The Waushara County Historical Society, along with the former owner and many volunteers, has moved and started to renovate the Guernsey Dale School. This one-room school sat on Highway 152 about three miles northeast of Wautoma. The society moved it on to their land in the City of Wautoma at the corner of Sandcrest Avenue and Valley View Drive with the hope of restoring and saving it as a typical one-room Waushara County School. So far it has a new foundation and new metal roof, but paint, trim and a spruced up interior are still needed before it can be opened to the public. Those interested in donating to this renovation can contact the Waushara County Historical Society, PO Box 616, Wautoma, WI 54982-0616. Donations are 100% tax deductible so be sure to enter your mailing address in your letter with your check or log in to https://www.paypal.com and enter firstname.lastname@example.org as the payee. There will be a message box on PayPal where you can indicate how you want your donation designated.
New roof needed for our museum
Approximately $12,000 is needed to restore the roof on our museum. Donations can be mailed to Waushara County Historical Society, PO Box 616, Wautoma, WI 54982-0616. We will send you a receipt for your tax deductible donation.