Upcoming Events 

Quarterly Meeting: Monday, November 2nd @ 7:00

The late 1800’s found Port Washington and most of Ozaukee County without proper banking services and with many previously failed ventures. Two partners, Clarence Hill and Dr. George Henry, both of Manitowoc, got together to purchase a site and organize what was to become Port Washington State Bank, on September 11, 1899. Hill, one of the organizers of the First National Bank of Manitowoc in 1895, and Henry, a local dentist with Port Washington ties, capitalized the bank with $25,000 in personal and investor monies.


Their venture, however, was not without problems. What became known as the Great Wisconsin Chair Factory Fire, leveled most of the business district--just two days after their land purchase!  With determination and the support of the city and its residents, the bank pushed forward, survived World Wars, the Great Depression, dozens of up-and-down economic cycles and now has six, full service locations throughout Ozaukee County.


Today, 116 years later, Port Washington State Bank is still principally owned and actively managed by the third, fourth and fifth generation descendants of Clarence Hill, and also retains its independence and strong community ties. Join us to hear the stories and details of how this bank survived, grew and helped write the history of our county.

Our Quarterly Meeting will be held Monday, November 2nd, at the Cedarburg Cultural Center (W62 N546 Washington Ave.) in downtown Cedarburg. The business meeting begins at 7 pm, with the presentation starting at 7:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and free, on-site parking is available.

Pioneer Village Hall - Look How far We've Come

It has been a very busy year for the Pioneer Village Hall project. The restrooms and food service area were completed just in time for the “Final Push to Victory” WWII event this May. It was the venue for all our OCHS annual events, weddings, graduation and anniversary parties. 

For OCHS, the Pioneer Village Hall project is so much more than a building. The Pioneer Village Hall will provide a great opportunity for future exhibits, expanded educational programs, more annual events and a wonderful place for people to gather for a common interest. 

While the fund-raising committee has been successful in raising money through grants, private donations and benefit events like the annual rummage sale and Autumn at the Village, there is still so much more needed to complete the interior, heating and cooling infrastructure and audio-visual equipment.

We are asking that you please consider a year-end tax deductible contribution to the Pioneer Village Hall. All donations can be sent to OCHS at P.O. Box 456, Grafton, WI 53024. Forms for the Bench and Boulder Programs can be found by clicking here. Maybe you have seen or sat on the beautiful commemorative benches and seen the boulders that have been donated through our donor’s generosity.

We are counting on you. Don’t delay. Join the list of Supporters. Send in your Contribution Now!

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The Ozaukee County Historical Society appreciates all the dedication and work that was accomplished by the volunteers at Ozaukee County Pioneer Village, Stony Hill School, and the Hazel Wirth Research Center in the past and present. Although most of the volunteers for OCHS are Ozaukee County residents, people from Washington, Sheboygan, Milwaukee and Waukesha counties also volunteer. OCHS looks forward to working with all volunteers as they help to preserve the history of Ozaukee County and make it available to present and future generations. Thank you for your service!
Nina Look is the Archivist for the Oz. Co. Historical Society.  The Archives is located at N57 W6406 Center Street, Cedarburg, and is open on Tuesdays from 9-3, 2nd & 4th Mondays from 5-8 p.m. 2nd Saturday of month from 9-11 a.m. or by appointment.
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