Marquette County, Wisconsin is the boyhood home of John Muir, often called the Father of our National Parks. 


    The Marquette County Historical Society is an all-volunteer, all donation operated 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  It is located at 125 Lawrence Street in Westfield,   Wisconsin, but serves all of Marquette County.  The location includes the 1903 Cochrane Nelson house  built by T. Harry Cochrane, son of Robert Cochrane, a settler from Westfield, New York, who built a mill on the local creek in 1850 and who owned the land platted for the Village of Westfield. 
              After Cochrane moved to Portage in 1906, Nels Nelson purchased the home.  He owned and operated a grocery and ice cream  parlor across the mill pond. 
             The Society also manages the Kerst/Cant/Robinson Exhibit and Research building which houses an extensive collection of early artifacts from the 14 Townships, 4 villages and 1 city of Marquette County as well as records that aid in genealogy research. 
       Also on the grounds is the Henry Ellis Section House filled with early railroad        memorabilia and the Riverside School, one of the earliest school buildings in the county and the oldest one still standing.  It is connected to John Muir, who spent his boyhood in Buffalo Township in Marquette County.   

       Marquette County owns the land and buildings which are managed by MCHS.  MCHS donated funds are used for upkeep of the building and additions to the buildings as well as all collections and activity expenses.  Marquette County has shared in the cost of house preservation and grounds improvements under the auspices of the Property Department of the County. 

    MCHS was started by a group of dedicated volunteers in 1962.  


Upcoming Events

April21 Presentation:Tagatz/Guderjahn/Zabel Families History in Marquette County 1:00 p.m. @ Historical Society

May 19


105th Anniversary of American Legion 1:00p.m. @ Historical Society

May 24-25

Garage Sale

June 10

Strawberry Sociable

July 3-7

Marquette County Fair

August 9

Pie Social w/outdoor concert

Nov. 22-23

Cookie Walk

Special Note

The family history presentation held on April 21 was a wonderfully prepared program by the Tagatz/Guderjahn/Zabel family and we thank them for sharing that treasure trove of memories with us.

Stop in for a slice of delicious homemade pie and some four part acapella harmony. It'll be great fun!

​​Our grounds include the Nelson/Cochrane house, the restored Riverside Schoolhouse, and the Kerst research building and museum. 


On May 19th 2024 the Marquette County Historical Society will present military veterans from the Viet Nam era who have graciously consented to share some of their participation in the history of that time period. This will be held at our exhibit hall at 1:00 p.m. where we also have a memorial exhibit honoring the 105 years of this American institution. ​ In addition to our guest speaker, Reuben Hunter, we will also feature F. Mark Moore from Berlin, WI.  ​A biography of Mr. Moore can be found below.


.On August 9, 2024 the Marquette

County Historical Society will host a pie social beginning at 6 p.m. The event will feature musical entertainment in the form of barbershop harmony presented by Old Dogs, New Trick, a quartet from the Stevens Point area.


125 Lawrence St      Box 172

Westfield, WI 53964



Unfortunately, our "grunt surgeon" has had a conflict arise and will be unable to attend our presentation shown above.

Along with Rueben Hunter from the Montello Post, Mr. Mark Kramer, of the Green Lake American Legion post has been invited as a guest speaker for that day and we welcome his presence and stories.

Marquette County Historical Society  1962

Marquette County, Wisconsin             2024