The New Berlin Historical Society was chartered in 1965, and is an affiliate of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Its first home was the Miller farmhouse on Cleveland Avenue. In 1970 the City of New Berlin purchased the 3.5 acre Sprengel property, now known as Historical Park, in the Prospect Hill Settlement District. The Society has since Restored the house to its early 1900's period, Recreated a Country Store in the Carriage Building, Moved and Restored a local Log House, and Rescued and Restored an 1863 One Room School House. The Society also Rescued and Restored Theodora Winton Youmans' childhood home. Ms. Youmans was Wisconsin's nationally famous suffragist and is credited with leading the Wisconsin legislators to a speedy vote and become the first state to approve the United States 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.
A current major project of the society is the transformation of the former fire station at 19885 National Ave. to a museum/office complex. The old west bay of the station now houses displays featuring the former volunteer fire department, and a police room history. The east bay is to become an agricultural history told through the extensive Cornfalfa Farms collection of artifacts and images. Volunteers are invited to participate in the development of this display. One room is dedicated to a display of locally relevant military history. The museum also houses the gift shop.
The Society accomplished these restorations while collecting and Recording New Berlin history and artifacts. The Society welcomes new members; the only requirement is an interest in New Berlin history. We have many projects that can use a variety of talents, so why not call and find out how you can help preserve our history for future generations. Contact Sue Hemmen for more information.
The Society holds four special open houses a year: our June Open House, the July Ice Cream Social, Historic Day on the first Sunday after Labor Day, and Applefest, the first Sunday in October. During these events we station knowledgeable volunteers in the buidings to inform our visitors. Please consult the Event Calendar for details. Also consider joining us to help staff these events.
There are two annual full membership meetings, each with a program open to the public. You will find these listed on our Calendar.
The 14-member Board of Directors meets monthly. Members are welcome, and encouraged, to attend board meetings. The meeting schedule is posted on our Calendar.
The New Berlin Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization staffed entirely by volunteers.