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.

The Mineral Point Historical Society is Up to Something!

2018 Upcoming Events





Over Here:    The Wisconsin Homefront in World War I

2nd Lyceum of the Season ~ Sunday February 25, 2 p.m. @ First United Methodist Church, 400 Doty Street, Mineral Point WI

Speaker: Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History at the Wisconsin Historical Society     

Shortly after the United States entered the European War in April 1917, Wisconsin became known as America’s “Traitor State.”  Its large proportion of German citizens, active Socialist party, and anti-war Senator, Robert La Follette, helped create this perception.  Some Wisconsinites sought to prove their loyalty and patriotism through sacrifice and hard work; others resorted to vigilantism.

Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History, will discuss the ways a variety of Wisconsin citizens experienced the state’s tension-filled atmosphere during the 18 months America participated in World War I.

BONUS: Following the program, Mary Knudson will be present to offer her new book, The Mills of Iowa County, for sale.

Free.  Everyone invited.  Refreshments. Join Us!





Women Activists in Wisconsin History

3rd and Final Lyceum of the Season ~ Sunday March 18, 2 p.m. @ First United Methodist Church, 400 Doty Street, Mineral Point WI

Speaker: Paula Dail, feminist, activist, and author 

Paula Dail along with Kathy Steffen, an award-winning writer from Spring Green and one of the essayists in Dail’s new book, who will read from her essay, “The Birth of an Activist.”  Both Paula and Kathy will be available for a book signing following the lecture.

Free.  Everyone invited.  Refreshments. Join Us!


  2018 Events


Crossing the Line

The Mineral Point Historical Society is again sponsoring a traveling exhibit from the Wisconsin Historical Society. This year’s exhibit is hosted by the Mineral Point Public Library. The exhibit will be found in the lower level of the library from January 17-February 6, 2018. It will be available for viewing during library hours.

The exhibit, “Crossing the Line: The Milwaukee Fair Housing Marches of 1967-1968″,” examines segregation and the Milwaukee Fair Housing Marches of 1967-1968. It asks, “How do citizens work for change when faced with injustice? How can individuals make a difference?”

The traveling display commemorates the 50th anniversary of Milwaukee’s civil rights marches by examining the practices and prejudices that led to segregation in Milwaukee and chronicling the school desegregation and fair housing movements of the 1960s. It also asks the question, “What can you do to end segregation today?”

The eight panels of “Crossing the Line” tell the story of Milwaukee’s civil rights marches in simple language, with reproductions of 33 historic photographs and documents. The display is most suitable for secondary schools and the general public.

The Wisconsin Historical Society gratefully acknowledges the Milwaukee County Historical Society, Wisconsin Black Historical Society and Museum, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and March on Milwaukee 50th Anniversary Coordinating Committee for their help developing content for “Crossing the Line.”




So You Want to Restore Your Old House?

The Mineral Point Historical Society will begin its 2018 Lyceum Series on January 21with the Society’s annual meeting at 1 pm. and the lyceum program immediately following at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 400 Doty Street. All members are encouraged to attend the annual meeting. The community is cordially invited to its program, “So You Want to Restore Your Old House?”
A panel of local preservationists will discuss projects they have undertaken, hurdles they have overcome, getting started, finding the right professionals, resources, and preserving the integrity of the house.
The panel will open the discussion to the audience following their comments.
If you’ve been considering restoring your old house but can quite get started, or if you’ve begun and are stopped by perplexing questions, be sure to come to get some of those questions answered. Or, if you’re simply interested in preservation, come to learn more about the process.
Everyone is welcome. The program is free, although donations to the Society’s programming are gratefully accepted. Refreshments follow.





2018 Tour season begins end of May and goes thru end of October.  Hope to see you there!


Make it a priority in 2018 to see our newest WWI Exhibit featuring Dr. Homer D. Ludden!  We are planning additional new exhibits for 2018!!!

In 2006, an old Army trunk in the attic of a Mineral Point home was opened, revealing artifacts from World War I. These items, seldom seen in nearly 100 years, provide a fascinating glimpse into the life of a Mineral Point surgeon’s life on the front lines of France in 1918. The items included over 200 letters written by Dr. Homer D. Ludden back to his wife in Mineral Point, detailing the fierce fighting and unimaginable conditions of a medical unit during a war in which the new killing technology far outpaced the existing medical technology. Dr. Ludden returned from the war and continued his medical practice in Mineral Point, making house calls, delivering babies and operating on farmhouse tables. Dr. Ludden became one of Mineral Point’s most beloved citizens. The Mineral Point Historical Society has developed an engaging exhibit called, “Dr. Homer D. Ludden, Mineral Point Doctor, Soldier, Citizen.”









Tour Hours will be:

Friday noon – 4PM

Saturday noon – 4PM

Sunday noon – 3PM


  Private Events

We will be closed to the public on the following dates in 2018 for Private Events at Orchard Lawn:

Feb 17th

March 10th

June 23rd

July 7th

Aug 18th

Sept 22nd

Oct 13th

Oct 20th