|The Burlington Historical Society of Burlington,
Wisconsin, was established in February 1928
to collect and preserve historical records and artifacts
pertaining to the Burlington area. It was the first
historical society in Racine County. The Society is a
private, not-for-profit organization run entirely by
The Museum, on the
corner of Perkins Boulevard and Jefferson Street, is
open most Sunday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. and at
other times by appointment. It contains
-- Historical and genealogical information on, and
historical artifacts from, Burlington and the
-- An extensive photograph and negative collection.
-- Several Al-Vista panoramic cameras - this camera,
one of the earliest panoramic cameras, was invented by
Peter Angsten in 1896 and made in Burlington by the
Multiscope & Film Co. from 1897 through 1908.
-- Artifacts from the world famous Burlington Liars
-- Information on the Mormon settlement at Voree
established by James J. Strang.
-- Information on the Burlington area connections on
the Underground Railroad.
-- A turn-of-the-century kitchen.
Legacy Garden, next to the Museum, is maintained by the
Pioneer Log Cabin is one block north of the Museum in
Wehmhoff Square (a downtown park). It is open from
mid-May through mid-October
on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m., on Thursday
afternoons from 3 to 7 p.m. in conjunction with the
Farmers Market, during some special Burlington community
activities, and by appointment. The cabin is furnished as
a post-Civil War farming family's home. Adjoining the
cabin is a display of the area's agricultural history and
along with a flower garden - called
the Vintage Garden - and a
kitchen garden where, depending on the year, vegetables
or other crops are grown. The Vintage Garden is maintained
by the Burlington Area Garden Club.
The Society also
maintains an 1840 brick school house, called Whitman
School, which is open by appointment.
The Museum and Cabin, just a block apart in mid-town
Burlington near the Public Library, are both ADA
accessible. Whitman School, on Beloit Street in the
southwest part of the city, is not. There is no
admission charge at any of the sites, although
donations are accepted. For more information
about becoming a member or making a donation, please visit
our membership page.
more information about the history
of our historical society,