(262) 335-4678

Old Courthouse
& Jail Museums

Wednesday – Friday: 11:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 – 3:00 p.m. 

St. Agnes Historic Site
By Appointment Only

Upcoming Events

Sep
7
Wed
Traveling Exhibit: Fur, Feathers, and Fidelity @ Old Courthouse Museum
Sep 7 – Oct 7 all-day

The History Center of Washington County is please to present a second traveling exhibit from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.  This traveling photo exhibit  features photos and information about the military mascots that are a large source of pride and morale for our troops.

Exhibit provided courtesy of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.  Funded in part by the Wisconsin Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Free with regular admission.

Special thanks to:

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WHC

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is an educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sep
20
Tue
Pioneer Church Records of Jackson @ Old Courthouse Museum
Sep 20 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Pioneer Church Records of Jackson @ Old Courthouse Museum | West Bend | Wisconsin | United States

Royal Natzke of the Jackson Historical Society will share stories collected for his book, “Pioneer Church Records Speak: Immanuel Lutheran Church Jackson, Wisconsin, 1847-1974.”

Organized in 1847, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kirchayn was among the first ten Lutheran Churches to organize in Wisconsin. It also was part of the second group of congregations to join the then one-year-old Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in 1848. Its story is important to Wisconsin as well as church history.

Copies of his book will be available for purchase.

Program is free and all ages are welcome.

Sep
24
Sat
Hell On Paws K-9: America’s Unsung Heroes of All Wars @ Old Courthouse Museum
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Hell On Paws K-9: America’s Unsung Heroes of All Wars @ Old Courthouse Museum | West Bend | Wisconsin | United States

How have dogs served in the military? War Dogs Milwaukee will present the history of the use of dogs in war as well as the breeds of that have served our country. Meet human and canine veterans. Learn more about War Dogs Milwaukee http://www.wardogsmilwaukee.com/home.

“Hell On Paws K-9: America’s Unsung Heroes of All Wars” is presented in conjunction with the special traveling exhibit “Fur, Feathers, and Fidelity,” on exhibit at the Old Courthouse Museum from September 7 through October 7.

“Fur, Feathers, and Fidelity” exhibit provided courtesy of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and funded in part by the Wisconsin Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is an educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

Program is free with Museum admission and all ages are welcome.

Oct
5
Wed
Milwaukee Landmarks Bus Trip 2016 @ Begins at the Old Courthouse Museum
Oct 5 @ 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Milwaukee Landmarks Bus Trip 2016 @ Begins at the Old Courthouse Museum  | West Bend | Wisconsin | United States

Sit back and relax during the East Side Step-On Tour. After lunch at Miss Katie’s Diner, visit the Milwaukee Public Museum and experience the new additions to the beloved “Streets of Old Milwaukee.” End at Clock Shadow Creamery to sample old European cheese.

$55/person. Includes: motor coach, lunch, admission fees. Two pick-up/drop-offs: West Bend and Richfield.

Limited space available! Register by September 9.

Register ONLINE, click “Tickets.”

Register IN PERSON at the Old Courthouse Museum, 320 S 5th Ave (cash, check, credit card).

Register BY PHONE with a credit card call (262) 335-4678.

To register by mail, download a registration sheet and mail with payment.

Oct
12
Wed
7:00PM Imprisoned Spirits: Paranormal Museum Tour @ Old Courthouse Museum
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

HauntedMuseumsTourAre the Old Washington County Courthouse and Old Jailhouse in West Bend haunted? Visit areas in both Museums where bizarre and unsettling phenomena have been experienced.

90-minute guided walking tours leave promptly at 7:00pm and at 8:30pm. Meet in front of Old Courthouse Museum 15 minutes before tour time. 320 S. 5th Avenue, West Bend, WI 53095

$8.00/WCHS member, $12.00/non-member. Advance registration only.

Not recommended for children under 12 due to adult themes. Contact Jessica education@historyisfun.com or (262) 335-4678.

8:00PM Imprisoned Spirits: Paranormal Museum Tour @ Old Courthouse Museum
Oct 12 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

HauntedMuseumsTourAre the Old Washington County Courthouse and Old Jailhouse in West Bend haunted? Visit areas in both Museums where bizarre and unsettling phenomena have been experienced.

90-minute guided walking tours leave promptly at 7:00pm and at 8:30pm. Meet in front of Old Courthouse Museum 15 minutes before tour time. 320 S. 5th Avenue, West Bend, WI 53095

$8.00/WCHS member, $12.00/non-member. Advance registration only.

Not recommended for children under 12 due to adult themes. Contact Jessica education@historyisfun.com or (262) 335-4678.

Nov
3
Thu
Comic Books as History Books @ Old Courthouse Museum
Nov 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

ComicBooksasHistoryBooksNov2016Comic books and their characters are more then entertainment! Characters might have super powers or ailments, but the circumstances and situations they encounter often mirror current events.

Comic fanatic and local author J. Nathan Couch will uncover just how these products of popular culture have reflected our hopes and fears.

$5/WCHS member, $8/non-member, payable at the door. FREE comic book to the first 15 people.

Presented by The History Center Washington County. Co-sponsored by Crimson Cowl Comic Books and Collectibles.

Nov
11
Fri
Veterans Day Free Old Courthouse Museum Admission @ Old Courthouse Museum
Nov 11 all-day
Veterans Day Free Old Courthouse Museum Admission @ Old Courthouse Museum

Join us to commemorate our veterans, past and present.

The Old Courthouse Museum will be open for free 11:00am-5:00pm, after the service on the Veterans Plaza on Friday, November 11, 2016.

Old Jailhouse Museum tours available for a fee.

Nov
15
Tue
Annual Membership Meeting
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Annual Membership Meeting

Join members for a report on Historical Society and review of 2016 activities.

Nov
24
Thu
CLOSED: Museums and Research Center @ Old Courthouse Museum
Nov 24 – Nov 25 all-day
CLOSED: Museums and Research Center @ Old Courthouse Museum

The Museums and Research Center will be closed November 24th and 25th.  The Old Courthouse Museum will reopen on Saturday November 26th.

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