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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 , February 19th – Lyceum #2 ~ Badger Huts & Early Mining in Mineral Point and Surrounding Area @ 1:00 p.m.

Location is Mineral Point’s First United Methodist Church

located at 400 Doty Street, Mineral Point WI

Join us as we explore Wisconsin’s “badger holes,” or “badger huts,” as they are more aptly called. Tracey Roberts is a history professor emerita at UW-Platteville who has done considerable research on Wisconsin’s badger huts. She will share with us tales of her badger hut explorations, more about their construction and usage, and other early mining dwellings in early Wisconsin.


Sun , March 5th  –  A Heart of Winter ~ Gathering of Readers  @ 1:00 p.m.

Location is Orchard Lawn

located at 234 Madison Street, Mineral Point WI



We will take turns reading aloud 5-minute excerpts of works by our favorite authors. Prepare a reading of prose or poetry that you’d like to share. Choose to read a 4-line poem. Or several people may prepare a dramatic reading. 5 minutes or less per reader.

It is a party, of course. So come, have fun, break up the winter tedium, and join us for a gathering at Orchard Lawn, with maybe a fire in the fireplace, a bit of food and drink, a few good books, and thou.

If interested in reading call 608.558.1937 or email Michelle @ orchardlawn@gmail.com





Sun , March 26th – Lyceum #3 ~ Genealogy and DNA @ 1:00 p.m.

Location is First United Methodist Church

located at 400 Doty Street, Mineral Point WI


Mary Eberle is a biologist and former patent attorney with 30 years experience in the field of DNA research. She now owns DNA Hunters, LLC and has presented many DNA workshops and talks around the country. She initially used her scientific training to develop DNA testing for transplant patients. In her work, she finds people’s biological parents and helps people understand their DNA results.
DNA is a powerful tool for genealogy research. Whether a family mystery involves breaking through a dead end in a genealogical paper trail or determining who relatives or ancestors are, DNA might provide the key to unlock a family mystery. Ms. Eberle points out, however, that just as in any type of genealogical record, it’s important to understand what you’re looking at and where to search.
Mary’s talk will begin with an overview of the ways DNA is used for family research: the types of DNA, the best companies to use, which relatives to test, and how to interpret DNA test results, as well as how to combine individual DNA results with traditional genealogy methods. She will also provide an overview on how to use additional sites to find more relatives. Mary is trained to use genetic genealogy to help people with unknown parentage, such as adoptees, foundlings, and donor-conceived individuals. Mary Eberle will provide amazing stories of how she has helped others use DNA testing to break down genealogical barriers and find those missing relatives.
Whether you are a family genealogist trying to solve a family mystery or you are thinking about ordering a DNA test, but not sure which one, come to this presentation. If you are feeling overwhelmed now that you have your DNA results, come and learn more.
The Mineral Point Historical Society warmly welcomes you to attend this, our third lyceum of the season. The program is free. Refreshments will follow the presentation.