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The Racine County Historical Society originally operated out of the Racine County Courthouse in the History Room. But by 1957, they were in need of a bigger home and the old Carnegie Library, located at 701 Main Street, was in need of a use. In 1960 the Racine County Historical Museum, Inc. organized and renovated the building for use as a new museum.
In May of 1962, the Racine County Museum opened to the public. The Historical Society and the Historical Museum were both operating out of the site, but were providing separate services. In 1982, they merged, to form the Racine County Historical Society and Museum, Inc., known today simply as the Racine Heritage Museum.
Since then, we have been dedicated to preserving the material culture and telling the special stories of the people of Racine County - their achievements, diversity, inventive genius, productivity, craftsmanship and entrepreneurial spirit.
Racine Heritage Museum is home to over 200,000 3-D artifacts and over 6,500 linear feet of documentary materials - it could actually stretch from the Museum to North Beach! We use this extensive collection to share those special stories of the history of Racine in our exhibits, such as “Waterways” which tells the story of Racine as a bustling commercial port and “Factory for the World” which showcase a few of the countless innovative products produced in our own backyard. Personal connections are also found in the collection in our Archive & Research Center! You can find out information about your home, family, businesses, or just cool photographs to hang in your living room by stopping in and spending an afternoon with us. We are also able to use our collection to take Racine County’s history out of the Museum in our Outreach programming in schools, senior centers, community organizations, and tour groups throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Programs currently feature the Racine Belles, the Underground Railroad, and new programs are added all the time!
So we invite you to stop in, bring your family and friends, and see what you can discover at your Racine Heritage Museum!