About the Society

The Fond du Lac County Historical Society (FCHS), founded in 1948, is our county's memory and foremost storyteller.


Preserving Fond du Lac County history for future generations.

History of the Society

In 1948, Fond du Lac County people, like Gerald Holzman, seemed to be more "history minded." It was Wisconsin's 100th birthday and the County did not have a County Historical Society.

Armed with William Titus of Fond du Lac, Charles Hill of Rosendale and Samuel Pedrick of Ripon, Holzman called the first meeting on November 17, 1948 with approval and encouragement by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.

About fifteen people from the county attended this meeting and formed the core around which the Society's membership was built. They decided to organize what is now known as the County Historical Society. This would protect individuals within the Society and the future donors of the historical artifacts.


The Fond du Lac County Historical Society is organized to help connect people to the past.

Thornton Library
The library collects, preserves and makes available materials about the history of Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin.

Blakely Museum
The museum collects and preserves the material culture of Fond du Lac County and interprets the county's history and prehistory for the public.

Galloway House & Village
The Galloway House & Village serves to be a historically accurate representation of the people of Fond du Lac County and provides historical educational opportunities through the buildings and artifacts that represent the county's culture.

Programs, Classes & Workshops

Historical Enrichment & Inspiration Through Member and Public Opportunities
Society programming helps people preserve memories, skills and enduring value through fresh perspectives on history through its presentations, programs and services.

Board of Directors

Mat Mueller
Retired - FdL Chief of Police

John L. Angeli
Retired City Planner
Building & Grounds Chair

Tracy Qualmann
Marian University
Vice President

Bonnie Cardinal
Retired Realtor

Linda Evans
Mercury Marine

Kevin M. Lastres
Personnel Chair

Claudia Beaster-Christie
Retired - Realto

Sandy Tryon

Lisa Pauly
Fond du Lac Convention & Visitors Bureau

Ed Wenzel
Lieutenant - FdL Police

William Weinshrott



We're always on the lookout for volunteers who can help with event coordination, office work (filing, mailing, phone calls, etc.), or even getting your hands dirty for a day. If you have the time, talents and passion, we'd love to hear from you at: info@fdlhistory.com.


Fond du Lac County Historical Society
336 Old Pioneer Road
PO Box 1284
Fond du Lac, WI 54935

Gift Shop: 920.922.1166
Library: 920.922.0991