Bayfield County Historical Society

Bayfield County Historical Society
P.O. Box 581
Washburn, WI 54891

About Us

   The Bayfield County Historical Society Inc. (BCHS) is the umbrella organization that coordinates activities of the 10 local history chapters located in Bayfield County Wisconsin. The affiliated local history chapters are Barnes Area Historical Association Inc, Cable/Namakagon Historical Society, Cornucopia Historic Green Shed Museum, Drummond Historical Society, Eileen Area Historical Society Inc, Mason Area Historical Society Inc, Oulu Historical Society, Port Wing Historical Society, Washburn Area Historical Society, and Western Bayfield County Historical Society.

BCHS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the history of Bayfield County, Wisconsin. For over a quarter of a century, the organization has worked to gather and care for historical source materials, compile and publish local history articles and information, and coordinate efforts of chapter member historical societies.

BCHS is a member of the Wisconsin Council for Local History, and is part of a state-wide network of historical organizations that are affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Bayfield County Historical Society Inc. is to collaborate with county historical society chapters to educate, preserve, and disseminate Bayfield County history.


Joining any of the affiliate chapters of BCHS automatically makes you a member of BCHS. In addition to receiving newsletters from your local chapter, you will also receive the BCHS newsletter, Bayfield County Historical Happenings, twice each year. This newsletter contains articles about local history and keeps you updated about the activities of each of the chapter organizations.  

The BCHS maintains a small research archive containing information about county schools.

2013 Officers

Les Watters, 10235 Whispering Pine Rd, Drummond, WI 54832 715-739-6204

Vice President:
Elmer Johnson, 30395 Hagstrom Rd, Ashland, WI 54806 715-682-6537

Marian Schraufnagel, PO Box 7, Mason, WI 54856 715-765-4554
Contact Marian

Verne Gilles, 63335 Ed Carlson Rd, Ashland, WI 54806 715-682-4408
Contact  Verne



The BCHS meets on the first Monday of each month at the Bayfield County Courthouse in Washburn, Wisconsin at 10 a.m. in the County Board Room. During the summer months, meetings are often moved to individual chapter sites. Anyone with an interest in local history is welcome to attend. 

The board of directors is made up of representatives from chapter historical organizations from around the county, as well as at-large representatives.

Please contact one of the officers to determine the meeting location.