Please Note: History Center closed December 5-7, 2023. We will reopen on December 8 at 1:00pm.
The Wisconsin Historical Society has a satellite operation located in the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center offering a history center and genealogy services. The Ashland ARC is the state repository for 8 northern Wisconsin counties providing researchers with access to public records and private manuscripts collections for Ashland, Bayfield, Forest, Iron Oneida, Price, Sawyer, and Vilas counties. There is also an in-house research library that includes over 400 donated volumes from Ben Guthrie’s extensive library of fur trade, Native Americans, and Wisconsin History dating back to 1833.
Genealogists will find a wealth of information including citizenship records; pre-1907 vital statistics; microfilm newspapers; Northern Wisconsin Native American census rolls; court and tax records; and research assistance with Ancestry and other online databases. Onsite genealogy group programs available upon request.
The Ashland ARC is open Tuesday – Friday, 1:00 – 4:30 and by appointment. Call (715) 685-2647 for more information.
View the Archival Catalog
Learn more about Wisconsin’s 14 Area Research Centers
The Wisconsin Historical Society offers the assistance of the Northern Outreach Coordinator, Liz Arbuckle. Liz can assist you with local history questions, youth education programs, and research field trips for the northern region. She organizes a Local History Book Club and the Ojibwe Storytelling Series.
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