Peshtigo Historical Society

Mission: Learn, participate, preserve, promote

Peshtigo has a unique history, having been the center of the deadliest forest fire in US history. It’s a compelling story. In 1963, a group of Peshtigo residents made it their mission to never forget this tragic event and founded the Peshtigo Historical Society (PHS).

The Peshtigo Fire Museum is a memorial to the town’s past, brought to life by this dedicated group. The PHS still manages the museum.



Several of the PHS members serve as museum curators. They are responsible for staffing the museum, engaging visitors in the story and maintaining its credibility.

They also perform a few light housekeeping duties, such as dusting and wiping counters.

Join us!

Are you interested in preserving our legacy? If you live in the Peshtigo area, we encourage you to share your time and talent and join this group of dedicated people who have kept our story alive. We need active members to support us and ensure that the our history is preserved and shared for generations to come.

Membership is only $5/year.

Meetings are held the first Monday of the Month, May through December (if that day is a holiday, then the second Monday) at 6:30 at the Drees Center, 600 Pine St, Peshtigo.

The December meeting is a Christmas event.

For more information on membership, please contact us: