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The Mineral Point Historical Society (MPHS) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the unique history of Mineral Point, located in the Driftless Area of southwest Wisconsin. Our headquarters is the beautiful 19th century Italianate mansion and grounds known as Orchard Lawn.

We offer tours of this estate, sponsor events and programs for our community throughout the year and rent our facilities for private events, especially weddings.

MPHS is an important resource for historians, genealogists and anyone interested in the past, present or future of Mineral Point and the surrounding area. Our organization accepts not one penny of local, state or federal tax money – instead we operate and thrive because of the generosity and commitment of our friends, members and volunteers.

We invite you to visit us in Mineral Point.

Upcoming 2017 Events

Sun , January 15th  –  January Lyceum – Pearls! Pearls! Pearls!  @ 2:00 p.m. 

Strange as it may seem, southern Wisconsin was once a hotbed of pearl-gathering. Large, perfectly round world-class-quality pearls were discovered in the Pecatonica and Sugar Rivers in 1889. Albany–only 50 miles from Mineral Point–became the center of an area Pearl Craze.

Area agronomist/journalist/historian George Johnson will discuss this little-known aspect of local history at the first Mineral Point Historical Society Lyceum of 2017 on Sunday, January 15, at 2 p.m., in the Community Room in City Hall. The public is warmly invited to attend this free event.

The 2017 Annual Meeting of MPHS membership will precede the Lyceum at 1 p.m.