Our Organization

Since 2003, the Delavan Historical Society’s focus has been to educate and preserve and create awareness for Delavan’s unique and storied past.

With the recent opening of the Delavan Historical Society Exhibit and Resource Center, we are able to provide the community with a place to collect, preserve and keep safe documents and items that reflect the history of the City and Town of Delavan.

Support the History of Delavan!

We strongly encourage everyone with an interest in Delavan and/or Delavan’s history to join the Delavan Historical Society. By joining us, you are contributing to the preservation of Delavan’s history.

We have four different membership levels:

  • $20 Single Membership
  • $35 Family membership
  • $50 Contributing Membership
  • $100 Sponsoring Business Memberships

All membership levels receive a copy of our informative and entertaining newsletter.   Sponsoring Business Memberships in addition receive space in our Preferred Business Pamphlet Rack at our Exhibit & Resource Center. 

The Delavan Historical Society is a federally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Your donation is tax deductable to the extent of the law.

Visit our Headquarters

The Delavan Historical Society Exhibit & Resource Center is located at

663 East Ann St.
Delavan, WI 53115

Displays involving local artifacts and stories of local significance change four times a year, and the Resource Center continues to grow as we research and collect documents and memorabilia from the public.

Exhibit and Resource Center Hours
By Appointment Only

To make an appointment contact
Delavan Historical Society (262) 740-7410
Email info@delavanhistory.org

Collections, Projects & Wish List:


  • Phonebooks and City Directories
  • Local Maps
  • Latimer Family photographs
  • Delavan High School Empemera
  • Much more

Current Projects

  • Oral Histories
  • Artifacts
  • Austin Studio Archive Indexing (Weddings, Seniors Pictures, Family Events)
  • Education Outreach
  • Building and Sub-division histories

Wish List

  • Delavan/DDHS Yearbooks
  • Delavan City Directories
  • Delavan Memorabilia
  • Family Histories
  • Business Histories
  • Shelving
  • Display Cabinets
  • Bookcases
  • Safes for irreplaceable items
  • Regular office-sized desk (any style, preferably with drawers)
  • Safes for irreplaceable items
  • Apartment-sized Refrigerator
  • Photo Frames (black is good)
    5×7, 8×10, 10×12, 12×14, and larger…
  • Poster Frames
  • Picture Framing “gift certificates” – Lubick’s
  • Yardsticks
  • Office Supplies (we have a list)
    (Regular & Legal File Folders, Alpha File Dividers, Scotch Tape, plastic-covered paper clips, pencils, fine-point black pens, scratch pads, Avery assorted Labels….,etc.)
  • Copy & Print Paper (Letter & Legal)
  • Inks for HP printer/scanner
    (HP 564 XL Blue, 564 XL Magenta, 564 XL Yellow, 564 XL Black, 564 Photo Black)
  • Archival Supplies (we have another list)
    (white gloves, archival tape, archival boxes, clothing boxes, etc., Archival pens and pencils)
  • Printing “gift certificates” (for non-in-house printing – Advance)
  • 1 Barstool with back (for work on back counter)

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