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Lake Geneva
Historic Preservation Commission

Historic Resources

   For those of you who would like to learn more about our local history, the following resources might be helpful. 

Lake Geneva Public Library
   Offers a sizeable collection of books on the history of the Geneva Lake area, old village newspapers on microfilm and, accessible from their website,  400 old photos, postcards, etc. :   www.lakegeneva.lib.wi.us
   The photos are really on a U of W website that you can access through the library site.  It's not simple or obvious, but if you follow these instructions you will get there:
                                   a.  Go to the library website.
                                   b.  Click "Images of Lake Geneva" on the left side of the page
                                   c.  On the next page click on "... enter images of L. G. website"
                                   d.  At the UW site click "Search Collection"
                                   e.  Enter  Lake Geneva  in the first box and click "Search"

Geneva Lake Museum
   Artifacts, displays and life-sized building facades.  You can find facts about Geneva Lake and the village, hours of operation, and special event info on their website:   www.genevalakemuseum.org

A Walking Tour of Olde Lake Geneva Towne
   A printed guide and map that takes you past 45 historic homes and other buildings.  The guide includes a brief history of several of the buildings.  Copies may be obtained from Mary Tanner (262-248-0373).

State Historical Society
   Has information on state history, local history, historic buildings, genealogy, etc.   www.wisconsinhistory.org

History Channel
For teachers and others interested in promoting an interest in local history the History Channel has developed a set of materials called Save Our History. 

Old World Wisconsin
The Midwest's largest outdoor living history museum is only a 45 minute drive from Lake Geneva.  Located just south of Eagle, Wisconsin, the 576 acre museum allows you to experience history with all your senses as you roam through the active farms and the village.   Special events are offered throughout the year.  Check it out at www.oldworldwisconsin.org  or  call 262-594-6300.

Black Point Preserve
Black Point is a rare historical jewel given by the great-grandson of Chicago brewer Conrad Seipp to the State of Wisconsin.  Sitting atop a high bluff on the south shore of Geneva Lake, this large 1888 summer home is still stocked with the original furniture, dinnerware, rugs, paintings, etc., that the family has used for over a century.