Preserve, Interpret, Share

The Wauwatosa Historical Society plays an important part in identifying, storing and sharing the historical record, and interpreting Wauwatosa’s past to the public. Our goal while carrying out these responsibilities is to become more relevant to our community and develop a sustainable model for the future.


Judith A. Simonsen Research Library

The Judith A. Simonsen Research Library at the Kneeland-Walker House provides valuable access to historical documents. Library volunteers use resources like city directories, maps, archived newspapers, photographs and journals to research library patrons’ inquiries.


Nineteenth Century Schoolhouse

Wauwatosa second-grade students are invited to a turn-of-the-century school day experience. The second floor of the Kneeland-Walker Coach House has been transformed into a one-room nineteenth century school house.


Oral History Project

Planned interviews and are conducted to obtain and record information on individuals, families, important events or day-to-day life. They often contain information not available in other historical forms.


All History is Local Scholarship

This $250 textbook scholarship is available to graduating seniors who plan to attend a University of Wisconsin system school and major in education or history. Its purpose is to support the appreciation of local history, and to further the study and interpretation of locally historical people and events.

Please see your school’s guidance counselor for an application or contact the historical society. The scholarship is nonrenewable.


Images of America: Wauwatosa

We present this vivid photographic history of our community to share the rich story of Wauwatosa’s people and it’s past. Images are primarily from the Society’s own extensive collections.


the Sarah Clapp Quilt

We’re committed to researching and preserving the Sarah Clapp quilt from 1879. The quilt is silk and velvet with hand embroidery and some painted designs.