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Sheboygan History

Local History Resources

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Mead Local History Collection

Mead Public Library maintains an extensive collection of historical documents, military records, newspaper clippings, photographs and much more. View a
list of finding aids to begin your research using this collection.

FAQs About Sheboygan

Why does Sheboygan have so many bike lanes? What's the history behind the city's oldest buildings? Our reference librarians have compiled answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about our beloved city. Of course, the question on how Sheboygan got its name has its own page.

Library Plaza Water Feature

Did you know the 8th Street Water Feature was designed by the noted landscape architect Lawrence Halprin? Learn more about Halprin and his work in Sheboygan.

Sheboygan Press Index

Begin your newspaper research using our manual index of the Sheboygan Press covering papers printed from 1940-2008. Starting in 2009, Sheboygan Press articles are indexed in the Monarch Catalog.

Other Resources

Sheboygan County Historical Research Center

Located in Sheboygan Falls, the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center collects, preserves and makes available the written documentation and images of Sheboygan County.

Sheboyganhistory.com

Local history enthusiast Carey Federer maintains this site featuring history, genealogy, pictures, yearbooks, school pictures, biographies, and much more.

UW Digital Collections

Features a large section of digitized images from Sheboygan County, including many furniture catalogs, military records, and city and county directories from 1875-1898. Go to "Browse Sheboygan County Historical Documents" from this link to see the list of items.

Recollection Wisconsin 

Featuring a space to discover digital historical and cultural resources from libraries, archives, museums and historical societies across Wisconsin.

Digital Public Library of America 

This site brings together the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.

Sheboygan's Holocaust Survivors

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Holocaust Collection

Mead Public Library’s Jewish Holocaust Collection includes the personal archives and files of Sheboygan residents who survived the Holocaust and its aftermath. Learn more about the collection, included online materials and archival material housed at the library.

Digital Photo Collection

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Monarch Digital Collection

This collection contains thousands of historic images submitted by residents and digitized through a 2014 Library Services and Technology grant.