As of July 12, 2017 we have raised $15,386 in donations. Our timeline is one year. (Jan-Dec 2017)

WCHAS Launches Fundraising Drive

On December 15, 2016, a campaign was launched to raise money for the future preservation of historic Morgan House. All monies collected in this drive will be used exclusively for the preservation, maintenance and repairs to Morgan House. The account will be managed for the Winnebago County Historical & Archaeological Society by the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.

The need to raise funds became evident about a year ago when several major unexpected repairs that began late in 2015 made a significant impact to our general fund. Our aging hot water heating system failed and had to be replaced. In the process of installing a new heating system, we discovered problems within our chimney in that the old chimney lining had collapsed, creating serious conditions for our tenants and the house in general. Due to the age of the house, a professional chimney company specializing in historic homes was hired to replace it. Other repairs included replacement of a leaking steam pipe, sewer pipe and sump pump, tenant furnace repairs, and electrical upgrades. The costs for these repairs amounted to over $31,000. These incidents were unexpected and put quite a strain on our general fund.

Additionally, we know we will be in need of a full roof replacement in the next two to five years. We are repairing roof leaks as they appear but we realize this is only a short term fix. The estimated cost for a new roof is between $40,000-$50,000 and could be more depending on what is found during the work. We also will need to replace the driveway which has disintegrated badly. The cost for a new asphalt driveway is estimated to be around $5,000.

We are very pleased to announce that the Kuenzl Foundation will generously support our fund raising effort by agreeing to match, dollar for dollar, up to $35,000 of donations received! With the matching funds available, we will achieve a foundation of $70,000 to prepare us for these critical repairs in the next few years.

We are asking for your support of our effort to preserve this historic landmark for future generations to enjoy.

Our future depends on you!

Randy Domer
President - WCHAS

Click here for a donation form you can use to provide your support.

Events & Exhibitions

  • History Book Club

    This event is free and open to the public.
    At the Morgan House, 234 Church Ave., Oshkosh WI
      Directions to the Morgan House

    The WCHAS's History Book Club is going on its second year, and we would love to have you join us!

    The Book Club meets every last Tuesday of the month, 6pm at the Morgan House. Refreshments will be served as we socialize and discuss our books each month.

      Books for 2017 are:
    • January - Salt: A World History - Mark Kurlansky
    • February - Devil in the White City - Erik Larson
    • March The Girls of Atomic City - Denise Kiernan
    • April - Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier - Stephen Ambrose
    • May - The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America - Andrés Reséndez
    • June - Alexander Hamilton - Ron Chernow
    • July - Waubun the Early Day in the Northwest - Juliette Augusta Kinzie
    • August - A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression - Jane Ziegelman, Andrew Coe
    • eptember - Nothing Like It in the World:The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-69 - Stephen Ambrose
    • October - Neither Snow nor Rain: A History of the United States Postal Service - Devin Leonard
    • November - The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl - Timothy Egan
    • December - The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey - Candice Millard

    Details: call 920-267-8007 or e-mail: WinnebagoHistoricalSociety@gmail.com.

  • Pie on the Porch 2017
    Yes we'll be open for business!

    In front of Crescent Moon Antiques & Salvage, 537 N. Main St.

    Pie on the Porch at Crescent Moon

    We've found a new location for this year, and hopefully a permanent home. The Karners owners of Crescent Moon Antiques and Salvage have came to our rescue and welcomed the opportunity to be our new host location! Thank you, J. and Julie Karner! We are going back to the table service our patrons have asked for. We will still serve hot coffee, lemonade, bottled water and of course, those delicious home made slices of pie!

    We are always looking for more pie bakers! If you can bake a pie to donate, please contact one of our co-chairs (Greg Bellmer or Patti Yana) listed below and we will put you on our call list. You can donate a pie weekly, monthly, or as often as you’d like. All types and flavors of pie are welcome!

    We also need volunteers to help us set up the booth, cut pies, serve tables, work in the booth, and to tear down the booth. You can volunteer two hours or all morning; every week, once a month, or as often as you’d like. Helping at Pie on the Porch is a fun and rewarding experience! If you are interested in being a volunteer please contact one of the co-chairs below and we will get you set up on our volunteer schedule.

    If you can help out or have any questions or suggestions, please give one of our Pie on the Porch co-chairs a call.
    Greg Bellmer – ghbellmer1@yahoo.com or (920) 290-4182
    Patti Yana – pattiyana54@gmail.com or (920) 582-9616

    Our Pie on the Porch motto is “We’re glad you’re here!” Please consider helping us out. Thank you!!!

  • Saturday, Sept. 23, 7-8pm - Ragtime Music Concert

    Algoma Blvd United Methodist Church
    Free event and refreshments.

  • Sunday, Oct. 1st, 1-3pm - Annual Membership Meeting

    James P. Coughlin Center in Meeting Room B, County Road Y (across from fairgrounds)
    Refreshments, year-in-review, election of officers, and guest speaker.

  • Saturday, Oct. 28th, 6-9pm - Wicked Winnebago Gala

    Tickets $25 per person
    Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel.
    Heavy hors d'oeuvres and cash bar, costumes encouraged, ghost stories will be told.

  • Sat-Sun, Nov. 4th & 5th, 10am-1pm - Deck The Morgan Halls

    holiday decorating party at the Morgan House.
  • Thursday, Nov. 16th, 6-8pm - German Immigrant Cooking presentation by Antje Petty

    Oshkosh Public Library (lower level meeting room), refreshments served.
  • Saturday, Dec. 2nd - Holiday Open House at the Morgan House

    Refreshments & entertainment, additional details to follow.
  • That's all for now!

Our County Fare Newsletter

If you're interested in history, then you'll definitely want to become a member so you receive our County Fare newsletter.
We publish quarterly and it contains news about the Society, local history stories and historial pictures. Delivered by U.S. Post, it's a great read!

Example newsletter: January 2016 Become a member

The Morgan House exhibits a variety of woods detailed by Old World artisans, featuring hand carving, gilding, polychroming & faux finish painting, and bordered hardwood floors.

One of the most outstanding features of the Morgan House is its original wall coverings of Lincrusta and Anaglypta. These Victorian-era embossed wallcoverings aren't pre-pasted vinyl paper...

Lincrusta wall covering at the Morgan House.
Lincrusta is a permanent wall covering made of a pulp of linseed oil mixed with sawdust, plant resin, chalk, zinc oxide and a colored dye. This pulp is applied to a paper base and then passed between two rollers, one which is engraved with the pattern, creating a design in relief. Lincrusta was invented by Frederick Walton in 1877 as a way to emulate the more expensive decorative plaster effects of carved wood paneling, tiles and tooled leather which were popular wall treatments during the late Victorian era. Designed to stand the test of time, Lincrusta actually gets harder with age.

Hand-painted Anaglypta at the Morgan House.

Anaglypta is a lightweight embossed wall covering made from cotton pulp that is hand-painted. It was invented by Thomas Palmer a decade after Lincrusta.

The Morgan House address is:
234 Church Ave., Oshkosh, WI 54901

Driving directions to the Morgan House

The Morgan house

Walk through these doors of the past and into this perfect reflection of upper middle class Victorian living.

With its wide variety of splendid woodwork in its original condition, its six fireplaces, gas light fixtures and original Anaglypta and Lincrusta wall coverings, it is a fine example of the kind of home built by the most prosperous Oshkosh lumber barons in the late 19th century.

Located at 234 Church Avenue in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this Queen Anne style home was built in 1884 for John Rodgers Morgan, a founder of Oshkosh lumber company Morgan Brothers. Designed by local architects Adam Bell and Edwin Cole, the house has gable and hip roofs, a triangular dormer, a polygonal tower, a patterned masonry chimney and a front porch with stickwork frieze and balustrade.

In 1987 the Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society acquired the Morgan House (from heirs of Constance Misky and by purchase), and the Society is engaged in a long-term program of its restoration. A major interior restoration project occurred in 2011.

If you are interested in being a Docent,
please call Julie Johnson at 920-312-2298

Morgan House available to rent for small events and photo shoots

The Morgan House is available for small events and photo shoots.
Pricing is based on the type of event, specific requests and number of hours you wish to reserve the Morgan House.
Wedding ceremonies from $500 (plus security deposit), Showers from $75 (plus security deposit), photo shoots are $50 for the first hour, $25 for every hour thereafter (no security deposit needed).

Spread the word! We’ve intentionally kept rates very reasonable. For more information:

E-mail winnebagohistoricalsociety@gmail.com call Anne Anderson at 920-819-5456.

Morgan House Events Picture Gallery

Below are a few photos from two events held at the Morgan House. A small Wedding and a Bridal Shower.

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Our Mission

The Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society will represent, serve and involve community members in preserving the history of our area.

Our Vision

The Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society will serve Winnebago County and surrounding areas by researching, preserving, and communicating the history of our area.

Greg Bellmer, Treasurer
Emily Berger
Denise Blaze
Steve Cummings
Randy Domer – President
Austin Frederick – Vice President
Eben Johnson – Treasurer
Julie Johnson
Philip Marshall – Secretary
Dean Sandeman
Thomas Rowland
Steve Walters
Patti Yana
We have lots of other opportunities if you’d like to lend a hand!

Late in 2015, we re-organized our committees and are already seeing positive results. If you would like to participate in one of our committees, we surely welcome your support. Our committees are:

❖ Property Committee Members (Greg Bellman, Chair)
❖ Collections Committee (Philip Marshall, Chair)
❖ Exhibition & Events Committee (Austin Frederick, Chair)
❖ Outreach Committee ( Leslie Walfish, Chair)
❖ Historical Markers & Sites Committee (Steve Cummings, Chair)
❖ Revenue Development (TBD, Chair)
❖ Strategic Planning (Dean Sandeman, Chair)
❖ Membership (Emily Berger, Chair)

If you would like to speak with someone about volunteering, please send an e-mail to winnebagohistoricalsociety@gmail.com or call WCHAS Board Member Austin Frederick at: (920) 960-6430.
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