The Museum of Local History

The Museum of Local History located at 111 S. Adams Ave. a two-story brick building built in 1888, is a tribute to the early history of the Berlin area and the people, businesses and industry that helped shape the community. A visit to the museum will introduce the visitor to…

The Berlin Bottling Works Building

The Berlin Bottling Works building, a former carriage house/garage, displays ice harvesting equipment from the days of ice boxes are part of the collection in this building. Early print shop equipment, when pages were set one letter at a time, round out this building’s…

Clark School

Built in the mid 1860’s on a farm in Waushara County, Clark School began accepting students in September of 1866. By the early part of the 1960’s these small one-room rural schools were being closed and their students transferred to the larger school systems. The Berlin Area…

Featured Images

Here you will find a gallery of images of history sites and events in Berlin, Wisconsin.

“Experience Living History in Berlin”

Founded in 1848


The Berlin Area Historical Society is a fully recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institute dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the Berlin area.

Currently the Society owns and operates three museum buildings.

The Museum of Local History is located at 111 S. Adams Ave and…Read More…

Berlin History

The City of Berlin straddles the Fox River for several miles. Founded in 1847 by Nathan Strong, its natural resources and location on the river contributed to its rapid growth. Strong and his colleagues were part of the Fourierite movement located in Ceresco (later the City of Ripon).

Disenchanted with the movement Strong decided to strike out on his own and establish a new settlement. By 1850 there were 250 residents, most coming from the New England states… Read more…

Our Events

Inspiration Wall:
A joint project with the Berlin School System and the Berlin Area Historical Society…Read more…

Walking Tours:
Walking Tour – Green
Walking Tour – Red

Ivan Doty

Ivan Doty cutting out glove stock with hand held die 1922