The Marathon City Heritage Center is a joint collaboration between the Marathon County Historical Society and the Marathon City 2020 Project Committee. Many of the center’s initial collections that will be on display are on loan from the Marathon County Historical Society. The center is intended to become a vibrant resource for Marathon City where people celebrate community pride, and share the history and continued growth of the Village and the surrounding area. The committee also hopes to generate enthusiasm for history among new audiences.
The idea for the center was sparked by growing community interest to learn and share Marathon City’s very historical past, dating 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 Heritage Center is located at 301 Main Street (corner of 2nd and Main) Marathon City. The center is on the second Sunday of each month from 10a to 2p, or by appointment. Special hours for the annual Fun Days celebration are Saturday Sept 3 10am – 2pm and Sunday September 4 10am – 1pm.
People are encouraged to share your personal collections of Marathon City memorabilia and artifacts, and relate your stories that could potentially be used in the display. All donated or loaned materials must go through a pre-approval and registration process before they may be added to the display. Please contact a member of the Marathon City 2020 Project Committee, or send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org