In June, 2009, the Town Board established a temporary Historical Committee to address the possible purchase of a structure, and to evaluate similar opportunities as they may arise in the future. There was also a stated desire to establish a town historical society that would be a separate entity, and not a committee of the town government.
Several interested citizens volunteered to participate in this committee. The members were committed to establishing an "official" local historical society that would be associated with and recognized by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Many hours of work were invested in the development of bylaws, establishing our status as a non-profit entity, structuring the committee appropriately, and affiliating with the Wisconsin Historical Society. This was accomplished in 2010.
The mission of the Baileys Harbor Historical Society is to collect, research, preserve and disseminate knowledge related to the history of Baileys Harbor. It supports and encourages the preservation of historic materials, as well as educating residents and visitors about Baileys Harbor history.
Baileys Harbor Historical Society
The purpose of the Baileys Harbor Historical Society is education, and shall be to preserve, advance and disseminate knowledge of the history of the town of Baileys Harbor.
PO Box 336
Baileys Harbor, WI 54202
Leann Despotes, President
Philip Graupner, Vice President
Marianne Newton, Secretary
Mary Moran, Treasurer