Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, Inc.

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Updated 08/10/2016

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   You may now chose to join, or renew your SLAHS membership using your PayPal account, credit, or debit card. Please use the following link to make a secure on-line payment.

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Local Music History Index - Learn about and contribute to the area's rich music history Updated 08/10/2016

The Old Sussex Community Hall - condensed version of Fred's articles

SLAHS Reference Book and Magazine Library We have been inventorying our reference library books and magazines; these are available at the Depot Museum for your use. Watch as the list grows!

Original Library Agreement between Sussex and Lisbon

Sussex (Lisbon Township) Brewery History - "NEW INFORMATION" Orig Owners/Builders Identified. Updated March 20, 2014

James Weaver and Hops - the rise of an industry

The Lisbon Plank Road Came from Early Indian Trails and Oxen Wagon Roads - History of the FIRST planked road in the Territory of Wisconsin.

Pages from the Past - Need volunteers to help in transcribing past columns. Updated 1/15/2014. Thank you Sarah!

The SLAHS Quarterly Meeting will be Thursday September 8, 2016 at 6:30 PM at the Sussex Waukesha State Bank on State Road 164. After a brief business meeting, Bill Wassemiller will give a presentation on local Indian artifacts.  Open to Public & FREE!

The General Membership, present at the December 2014 meeting, voted and accepted a new Mission Statement for our Society. See

See us at Lisbon Heritage Weekend, August 13 and 14th, 9-5pm, 9-4pm, Lisbon Community Park off of Lake Five Road. All new Indian artifact exhibit!

Current New Exhibits! Grand Opening for the Sussex Downtown Fire exhibit, along with the Time Capsule of 1937 was April 27th, 2016.

Also - View the history of the bandaid thru an exhibit of old bandage and tape tins will be available for about a month yet.

Our exhibit on our local music history is progressing; polka waltz and rock n' roll!

There's an exhibit in "Fred's Room"! Celebrating Land O' Lakes Baseball in Lannon and Sussex/Lisbon. Looking for old jerseys, caps, bats, mitts, umpire equipment, trophies, pennants, team photos and news articles. Note: In 6 yrs will be 100th Anniversary of Founding!

At the March 11, 2016 Annual Meeting held at the Waukesha State Bank meeting room, the following were elected or re-elected Officers: President: Michael Reilly; Vice-President: Joanne Smith; Secretary: Susan Haasch; Treasurer: Donna Zimmermann; Directors: Tony Schmidt and Betty Riemer.

    If you are interested in contributing to this website's content, cemetery and newspaper transcriptions, individual/family history, early stories of the area/people/businesses, etc., please contact Mike Reilly Note: To make your contributions easier to add, please consider submitting them by email, email attachment, or CD, audio DVD, or SD.

About your: Historian Fred Keller, click on Fred Keller: A Man For All Seasons and also Fred H. Keller and His Collection - Sussex Sun articles about his collection and the beginning of a local historical society.

About your: Website Editor & Webmaster: Michael R. Reilly (Mike)    (510) pages of local historical information currently See us grow!

The Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, Inc. is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the collection and preservation of historically significant artifacts, pictures, stories, and similar materials from the Sussex and Lisbon area (Lannon, Colgate, Lake Five, Marcy, Merton, Pewaukee, Menomonee Falls, and Butler). The Society held organizational meetings in mid 2001, and formally announced intentions for official formation as a non-profit corporation in November 2001. The Society is affiliated with the Wisconsin State Historical Association as a local society.

The Society has an open membership policy, welcoming all interested parties to join for a nominal fee. Annual memberships are for the calendar year beginning on January 1 of each year. Lifetime memberships are also available for a fee. 

You may now chose to join, or renew your SLAHS membership using your PayPal account, credit, or debit card.


Board of Directors Meeting Depot Museum, 6:30 PM on 5/5/16, 8/4/16. Special board meetings to be announced.

Steering & Planning Committee Meeting At the Depot Museum on: 6/9 at 1:00 PM. Any member is invited to attend and participate.

Exhibit Committee On at 3:00 PM, Depot Museum.

SLAHS March Annual Meeting On 6/9/16, 6:30 PM, Waukesha State Bank Community Room.

Newsletter articles due: 4/29/16.

Newsletter Mailed: 5/24/16.

Time Capsule Opening was April 25, 2016, at the Depot Museum.

1966 Sussex Downtown Fire Video Presentation was on 4/26/16, at 7:00 PM, Pauline Haass Library-Quadgraphics Room. Steve Haasch died suddenly on March 12, 2016, his intended presentation was done by Fred Keller and Mike Reilly in his memory!

1966 Sussex Fire & Time Capsule Exhibit Grand Opening held on 4/27/16, during 1-8 PM, at the Depot Museum. Sussex

Normal Hours of Operation [April thru Dec 2nd]:  (The Depot Museum will be open every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 1 to 4 PM. All Wednesdays from 1-6:00 PM. By appointment only requests; call Fred Keller 262-246-3603 or Mike Reilly 414-530-3121)) Admission $4.00, children 10 and under Free.

Winter Hours of Operation: The Depot Museum will be open every Wednesday afternoon beginning December 16, 2015 from 1-4pm. Every other Wednesday beginning same day, will also be meeting of Planning & Steering Committee from 1-3pm. Also - January thru March 2016 by appointment only requests; call Fred Keller 262-246-3603 or Mike Reilly 414-530-3121)) Admission $4.00, children 10 and under Free.

We ask that when visiting the museum to please park more at the Piggly Wiggly, or across the street at library, or village hall parking lots. We want to be good neighbors and not crowd our new neighbors out, or their customers from being able to park on their own property. Thank you .



Thomas Spencer Redford

1st to Stake a Claim in Lisbon Township


The Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, Inc.'s museum is located at:

N63 W23791 Main St., Sussex, WI. 53089 Admission $4.00, children 10 and under Free.

Telephone: Contact Fred Keller

Correspondence should be addressed to :

Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, Inc.  (or SLAHS)

P. O. Box 32

Sussex, WI. 53089-0032

E-mail us at:  [email protected] 

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