About BCHS

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.


President: Les Watters
10235 Whispering Pine Rd
Drummond, WI 54832

Vice President: Sally Pease
50105 Pease Resort Rd.
Barnes, WI 54873
Contact Sally

Secretary: Sheree Peterson
86460 Martin Rd.
Bayfield, WI 54814
Contact Sheree

Treasurer: Verne Gilles
63335 Ed Carlson Rd
Ashland, WI 54806
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.

Meeting Schedule

Monday, February 1, 2021 - 10am - Meeting by Zoom

Monday, March 1, 2021 - 10am - Meeting by Zoom

Monday, April 5, 2021 - 10am - Meeting by Zoom

Monday, May 3, 2021 - 10am - Meeting by Zoom

Monday, June 7, 2021 - 10am - Mason Village Hall - 59400 Northern Lights Blvd Mason, WI

Monday, August 2, 2021 - 10am - Drummond Lake Park, just beyond the Library/Museum

Monday, September 13, 2021 - 10am - Historic Pease School, Barnes Museum grounds - 4545 County Highway N

Monday, October 4, 2021 - 10am - Bayfield County Courthouse Board Room

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - Annual Meeting - 10am - Drummond Civic Center
Following the meeting, Dick Rewalt will present a program about Bayfield County’s early public schools and BCHS’s school history book project.
A potluck meal will follow. Please bring a dish to share.
Everyone Welcome

Monday, December 6, 2021 - 10am - Details to come