About Us

The Village of Pleasant Prairie’s 2008 annual calendar, which featured glimpses of the southeastern Wisconsin community’s historic past, had stirred residents’ emotions and thus their desire to begin preserving their local heritage.  

Banner-Preserve the Past and Educate the FutureEncouraged by initial funding from the Elizabeth J. Riley Charitable Trust, a group of residents organized the Pleasant Prairie Historical Society with the mission to “Preserve the Past and Educate the Future.”

Pleasant Prairie Historical Society, Inc. was formed in 2010 as a volunteer-based, 501(c)(3), a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and exhibiting locally important archeological, historic and cultural materials and sites, and providing educational opportunities to promote an appreciation of Pleasant Prairie’s Historical significance.  We continue to gather bits and pieces of our history to help preserve the past and educate the future.

In 2011, the volunteer-based Society established the operational framework and policies that will guide its preservation efforts.  The Society holds annual meetings, community gatherings with guest speakers, educational outings and “What’s Cooking” events to foster deeper community engagement. 

During 2012, the Society’s direction changed with the announcement at the Society’s annual meeting that the Elizabeth J. Riley Charitable Trust had acquired the historic Dublin School house located at 3875 116th Street in Pleasant Prairie.  The 1927 brick, two-room school house then became the new home for the Pleasant Prairie Historical Society.  This generous donation turned what had been a distant dream into a solid reality. After months of site work and minor maintenance, the Dublin School building reopened its doors to the public as the new home of the Pleasant Prairie Historical Society.

An Open House was held at the Dublin School on September 7, 2013.  More than 300 people toured the building, enjoyed a picnic, and shared stories of life in Pleasant Prairie and their memories of attending Dublin School.  Many brought old photographs of class photos, past school events, and former classmates.  When Dr. Anthony Bisciglia, the final Dublin School Principal, rang the old brass bell to bring the community guests into the school, he was surrounded by many of his former students. Dr. Bisciglia gave his recollection of the old school days in the school’s “Chalk Board” room and provided an interesting, informative and fun perspective of life as principal, teacher, and student in both the Dublin School and others schools in the district’s past.

The Society achieved it's goal of renovating the Dublin School and converting it into a museum and community gathering space on August 26, 2020.  Thank you to Society members and friends, neighbors and generous community partners, and the local community events that helped us achieve this milestone. The Museum Dedication & Ribbon Cutting was celebrate on August 26, 2021. We invite you to “Be a Part of the Story”.

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