Welcome to the Mukwonago Historical Society - Red Brick Museum
Celebrating the History of Mukwonago, WI
Visit from Mukwonago's First Librarian
Continuing in our Museum series of bringing history back to life, Leona Lotz, Mukwonago's first and long time librarian will be played by Abby Armour on Sunday, August 14th. Ms. Amour is Library Director of the Mukwonago Community Library and will describe Leona's life and her volunteer service to the community from the early 1900's to the 1960's. At one time the village library was actually located in the house that is now our Red Brick Museum. You can meet "Leona Lotz" in period costume from 1-4 pm. Donations are encouraged but not required. Listen to promo below.
Volunteer(s) needed for Red Brick Museum's digital preservation project. This project entails the digital scanning of the museum's large collection of photos, letters, written histories, newspaper clippings, census documents, and genealogies for organizational and preservation purposes. The volunteer(s) will be trained on the handling and processing of these materials. The volunteer will be guided as to how to prioritize and organize this material as well as the use of the scanning equipment and methods for electronic storage.
Hours will be Wednesdays from 1-4 pm and other times by appointment when Society personnel are at the Museum. This could also include Sundays from 1-4 when the Museum is open to the public.
Volunteer Appeal Audio
New Display Cases Needed!!!
Our extensive Native American collection includes many rare and delicate artifacts made of perishable materials: animal hide, beadwork, textiles, feathers, etc. To protect these irreplaceable items, our display cases need to be replaced with contemporary designs that offer state of the art environmental control and protection from insects. We will need at least ten of these cases at a cost of $5000-10000 each. Please help us grow the funds needed to purchase these fixtures to protect our collection in the coming years
Mukwonago Oral Histories
Much of the rich history of Mukwonago is preserved in the memories of its residents. Recognizing that these historical vignettes need to be captured for posterity, the Mukwonago Historical Society and radio station WFAQ-FM are conducting interviews with locals that are willing to share their memories with the public. These recordings are being played periodically on WFAQ and will likely become content for a regularly scheduled radio program in the future. If you have stories to tell about ancestors, events, or just great yarns, contact the Historical Society or Todd Ciske at WFAQ.
Below a sample oral history.
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2021 Mukwonago Historical Walking Tour
Volunteers from the Historical Society, Friends of the Library, and Black Box Theater conducted a fund-raising event, a walking tour of Mukwonago on September 25, 2021. The tour started with a ceremony for the Pearl & Grand Avenue Historic District dedicating the placement of eight signs to mark the district. Following speeches made by Village dignitaries, ticket holders followed the tour guide to twenty stopping points highlighting significant buildings and people in the Historic District, Oak Knoll Cemetery, and the Downtown area. Over 300 people participated with many family groups enjoying the beautiful weather and captivating messages from the actors. The history of Mukwonago came alive that day with such historical figures as Sewell Andrews, Alura Collins Hollister, Eugene Chafin, Harry Hicks and Princess Nenetah telling their stories. If you missed it, the Red Brick Museum has additional tour guides available for $7.00.
Audio of Sewell Andrews
About the Museum
The Mukwonago museum is located at 103 Main Street, at the west side of the intersection of Highway 83 and CTH ES. The museum is open the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, June through September. If you would like to schedule a tour of the Red Brick Museum, or to find out more information, please call the museum at (262) 363-6413.
Located in the heart of downtown Mukwonago, Wisconsin, the Mukwonago Museum was first established in 1967, the Red Brick House was purchased with funds left by Mr. Arthur Grutzmacher. Built in 1842 by original Mukwonago settler Sewall Andrews, the home has been restored to a lovely Victorian house, reminiscent of the post-Civil War period.
Historic District Signs
We are proud to announce that this summer the Pearl and Grand Avenue Historic District will be graced by street markers noting the boundaries of the district established in 2002. The district is on the National Registry to recognize the various architectural styles employed in the building of the homes in the district that include Late Victorian, Colonial Revival, and American Movement homes. Also included in the district is the spectacular St. Pius V Church. Plans are being developed for a dedication ceremony later this year in conjunction with our Historic Village Tour. Watch for further details.