Kenosha History Center

Kenosha History Center, Simmons Island, Kenosha Wisconsin

Saturday when I had the pleasure of the Pike River Rendezvous and the tour of the Kenosha Light Station I went around the corner to the Kenosha History Center. It’s a wonderful small museum dedicated to the history of the Kenosha, earlier called Southport, community.

The Center has a collection of things related to life in Kenosha. There’s everything from cars once made here to toys played with by children growing up here. I too had a Mrs. Beasley doll like the one one display. I enjoyed my stroll through the museum as one of a few people that had found this gem.

Kenosha History Center, Simmons Island, Kenosha Wisconsin

I was surprised more people weren’t stopping by the Center. First off, it’s free – they ask for a small donations if you are able but if not that’s fine. It was air conditions and on a hot day it was nice to come in and cool off. It had indoor plumbing bathrooms which beat the port-a-pottys at the Rendezvous all to pieces. (I will only use a portlet in case of emergency.) It was just a block from the Rendezvous and half a block from the Light Station. But the final reason was it was very interesting to see how the community developed from the time period of the Rendezvous to today.

I made pictures as I do when I go places. I do apologize for the warm coloring of some but it’s the type of lighting used in the museum to preserve the artifacts combined with the no flash photography rule. I’m always appreciative of museums that allow photos and understand why flash photography is out. Don’t want to fade the color of the objects. Textiles are especially vulnerable to that. That also accounts for the grain in the photos due to the higher the ISO. (The more light sensitive the higher the ISO. The higher the ISO, the more noise to picture ratio on single pixels. Eh, what I refer to as grain which is a throw back to silver grains in the higher ASA films back in the day when I did my own darkroom work.)

Sit back and enjoy a tour of a few things that caught my eye.

Kenosha History Center, Simmons Island, Kenosha Wisconsin

Kenosha History Center, Simmons Island, Kenosha Wisconsin

Kenosha History Center, Simmons Island, Kenosha Wisconsin

Kenosha History Center, Simmons Island, Kenosha Wisconsin

Kenosha History Center, Simmons Island, Kenosha Wisconsin

Kenosha History Center, Simmons Island, Kenosha Wisconsin

Kenosha History Center, Simmons Island, Kenosha Wisconsin

Kenosha History Center, Simmons Island, Kenosha Wisconsin

Kenosha History Center, Simmons Island, Kenosha Wisconsin

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