Thanks to the generosity of one of its benefactors, the Kewaunee County Historical Society has purchased the building it had been renting at 217 Ellis St. in Kewaunee.

The funds were donated with the stipulation that it be used for purchasing a building. The building does need some repairs including the roof, restroom, and lighting, and the society hopes donors will continue to support the group with ongoing expenses.

The goal of the Historical Society is to preserve and document the history of Kewaunee County to pass on to future generations. Upcoming events include three history presentations in February. This spring the Fresnel lens located in the Kewaunee Pier Lighthouse is expected to be moved to the History Center and kept on display. The society also recently obtained items from the Karsten Hotel that were on display in the ghost Agatha’s room.

The group’s annual meeting is scheduled for May 4 with featured speaker and author Rochelle Pennington.

The History Center has regular hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Fridays, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. (The center is staffed by volunteers only and advise visitors to call ahead 920-388-0369 on Saturdays or days with inclement weather.) For more information, visit