Front of the Wisconsin Annual Conference Historical MuseumThe story of the Historical Museum building starts in 1840 when Rev. John Lutz came from Ohio to southeastern Wisconsin, and helped to form a congregation of German immigrants. The congregation was formally established on February 9, 1841. In the summer of 1848, the men of the congregation built a log church on land donated by Frederick Heglmeyer, on the old Jamesville Plank Road, which is now Forest Home Avenue. In 1858, the present cream city brick building was constructed and served the congregation until 1929, when the present Memorial Church building was erected.

Museum meetingBetween 1929 and 1939, the building was often used as a gymnasium, where interchurch basketball games were held. In 1939, the Wisconsin Conference of the Evangelical Church chose the building as its Conference History Building. During the early 1940s, when the Memorial congregation was building a new parsonage, the Rev. Mel Rohrdanz and his family lived in the museum building. In 1963, the building was moved back from Forest Home Avenue to its present location, adjacent to Memorial United Methodist church on West Forest Home Road at South 52nd Street, in Greenfield Wisconsin.

Leah WeilerThe museum houses records, books, pictures, portraits and other historical pieces. Today, the Memorial UMC congregation, surrounded by more than 160 years of memories, continues to hold special services in the museum. Funds for the continued maintenance of the museum and its exhibits are made possible due to the generous bequest of Leah Wieler.

Coming Exhibit

We are in the process of revisioning the Museum so that it will better serve the Conference. Our plan is to unveil a new and exciting display in 2015.

Museum Contact Information

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Museum Location

The Wisconsin Conference UMC Historical Museum is located adjacent to Memorial United Methodist Church on West Forest Home Road at South 52nd Street in Greenfield, Wisconsin (view Google map).