Historical Society Grounds & Events

The West Allis Historical Society is located at 8405 W National Avenue In addition to their normal programs and operating hours, the City's Historical Commission supports special events and improvements on the Historical Society's grounds.

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Settler's Weekend 

August 25 and 26, 2018

The mission of the Historical Preservation's Settler's Weekend is to educate everyone about the history and lifestyles in West Allis leading up to our City's birth in 1906. Held annually in August, the two-day encampment includes traders, trappers, frontiersmen, craftsmen, and Civil War soldiers, each dressed in authentic attire and re-enacting their respective skills and tools.

Visitors can take a guided cemetery tour, and enjoy food, an ice cream social, or relax and listen to the entertainment and watch local artisans perform their skills.

This is truly an event for the community. There is no cost to participate or to stop in and enjoy the day. Parking is free in and around Honey Creek Park on 84th and National Avenue.

2017 marked the 12th annual West Allis Settlers Weekend. The event was started in 2006 and continues to grow in participation and popularity, with over 3,000 visitors estimated in attendance each year.

West Allis Historical MuseumWest Allis Historical Society Museum

The West Allis Historical Society maintains the West Allis Historical Museum, originally Greenfield Township's Fifth District School. This building is an example of Richardson Romanesque architecture and was built in 1887 of Cream City brick. Today, the Museum features two stories of recreations of historical West Allis businesses and homesteads, and showcases exhibits and memorabilia from West Allis' residential, agricultural, and industrial past. The meticulously maintained collection of artifacts includes vintage fashions, toys, quilts and crafts, furniture and home goods, as well as factory machinery, farm equipment, and tools.

The Museum is open during the West Allis Historical Society's hours of 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. Admission and parking are free.

Log School House 

TLog Schoolhousehe Honey Creek Log School Museum was developed as part of community celebrations for Wisconsin's Sequential Anniversary and to recognize the early settlers of Honey Creek, the small settlement which would grow to become West Allis. The Log School House provides education opportunities for local students studying Wisconsin history. The education experience for students consists of visiting this one-room classroom as it would have been conducted in the 1840s. A docent teacher adopts the persona of William Wallace Johnson or his sister, Marion Johnson Cooper, who were the first teachers at the Honey Creek School.