MARATHON CITY HERITAGE CENTER
Explore the local history of Marathon City through historic photos, newspapers, yearbooks, artifacts and more!
Marathon City has a rich and varied history. The Marathon City Heritage Center is a historical and education center that exists to house and collect Marathon City’s cultural and historical assets. The center is committed to preserving and sharing that history through collections of material of local and national interest. Collections include artifacts, data, memorabilia, photos and apparel. You will experience Marathon City's unique past through themed exhibitions of artifacts on display. Click on "Current Exhibitions" to learn more.
The center is a vibrant resource for Marathon City where people can celebrate community pride, and share the history and continued growth of the Village and the surrounding area. The Marathon City 2020 Board also hopes to generate enthusiasm for history among new audiences.
Community interest continues to grow as more people learn about and share Marathon City’s historically rich past, which dates from the early 1800s. While the village was first incorporated in 1884, the area was settled by German immigrants beginning in 1857. Historians also believe that French missionaries and fur traders were the first Europeans to visit the area during the late 1600’s, navigating the Rib River in Marathon County, Wisconsin.
The Marathon City Heritage Center is a joint collaboration between the Marathon County Historical Society and the Marathon City 2020 Ltd. board. Many of the center’s initial collections on display are on loan from the Marathon County Historical Society.
Please contact a member of the Marathon City 2020 Ltd. Board, or send an inquiry to email@example.com
Heritage Center Committee Contacts:
Joe & Anna Straub: (715) 443-2653
Heritage Center Hours during 2019 Fun Days Weekend:
10a-2p on Sat Aug 31
11a-1p and 3-4p on Sun Sept 1
Accepting items for loan or donation to display. Photos, artifacts, tools, books and more. Items can be delivered to the Heritage Center during open hours listed above. Contact a Committee member with questions.
Volunteers are needed to staff the center during open hours. Anyone is welcome to become a volunteer; training will be provided.
Contact a member of the Marathon City 2020 Board or complete the form at the bottom of this page to email us your contact information.
Give back to the Heritage Center with a monetary donation.
Consider making a donation in memory or in honor of a loved one.
Click here to proceed to our "Giving" page.
Gallery of Past Exhibits
The Heritage Center welcomes contributions from the community to be considered for exhibit. We seek and accept contributions from individuals and businesses that include memorabilia about the Village of Marathon City and its residents. Items may be donated or loaned for a limited time. All materials will be pre-approved and registered with the Heritage Center before they are added to exhibits.
Additionally, the center seeks to capture personal stories through videos and oral histories so they are inventoried, preserved, and shared with the community and general public.
Exhibit materials and story ideas may be brought to the Heritage Center during normal hours, or send inquiries to