The Port Washington Historical Society maintains collections that include extensive photographs, artifacts, and archives of the community and surrounding area. These collections are shared with the public through changing exhibits at its three locations and through its digital archives at the Resource Center.

  • 1860 Lighthouse, 311 Johnson Street, Port Washington
  • Resource Center, 205 N. Franklin Street, Port Washington
  • Port Exploreum, 118 N. Franklin Street, Port Washington

Scope of the Collections

The Port Washington Historical Society Resource Center collection includes archival materials from the following areas of northern Ozaukee County:

City of Port Washington Town of Port Washington
Town of Belgium Town of Fredonia
Town of Grafton Town of Saukville
Communities within these townships: Belgium, Dacada, Fredonia, Waubeka, Saukville, Lake Church, Newburg, Holly Cross, Knellsville, St. Finbar

Contents of the Collections

Local Histories Church Files
City and County Directories Area Businesses and Organizations
Surname Files for City Founders and Fishing Families
Port Washington Schools Artifacts pertaining to local history
Artifacts Used in Exhibits

Artifacts Used in Exhibits

Research inquiries can be made at the Resource Center during regular operating hours or by email at The Resource Center is staffed by volunteers and efforts are made to reply to requests in a timely fashion. Donations are appreciated to cover the work of volunteers when materials are provided. Fees are charged when research is done for individuals.

Volunteers Catalogue Collections

Volunteers Catalogue Collections

The Port Washington Historical Society Genealogy Collection is on permanent loan at Luxembourg American Cultural Society location in Belgium, WI. Members of the Port Washington Historical Society enjoy access to LACS Genealogy information can be acquired through the Ozaukee County Historical Society at


1860 Lighthouse and Light Station Port Exploreum Resource Center