Merrill Historical Society
History & Culture Center

Bringing Generations Together



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Scott mansion tiles

Scott Mansion Tiles on sale! They are ready to be shipped or picked up. There is a limited amount of these available.  For $20 you can get a framed tile from the entry way fireplace at the Scott Mansion so you can see both sides. The front has the design, the back shows the maker J & JF Low from Massachusetts. These are from 1897. Click Here to order. Member price is $15.
Scott mansion tiles

nickel tour event

nickel tour event
Merrill Transit Celebrates 100 years of Motor Bus Service on November 17th!

The Nickel Tour event on November 6th was a great success - about 140 people showed up at the Historical Society to take the Nickel Tour narrated by Tom Burg, Sue Kunkel, Deb Schleif, Rick Blake, Tom Hayden, and Anne Torkelson - all in costume. They did a great job and everyone had a good time traveling the route of the original trolley, which started in 1890 and was converted to motor buses in 1921.
Brad Brummond from Merrill Transit did an awesome job of taking reservations, getting the buses lined up for the event, and making sure everyone got a tour.
There are some color brochures of the Nickel Tour Script still at the Historical Society. If you would like one, stop in.


The Merrill Historical Society would like to apologize for missing a few names in our September Newsletter in the Memorial List for David Finanger. It was very touching to see all the people who donated to the Historical Society in Dave's memory. He will be missed very much by our organization and his family and friends.

Due to an oversight there are four names that should have been included on the Memorial Gifts: Marilyn & Gary Wright, Bob & JoAnn Opsahl, Marie Rein, and Bill & Marlene Krueger. These names will appear in the next Newsletter as well.


We are currently open to the public for research and exhibits. Our open hours for December, 2021, and January, 2022, are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 AM to 1 PM. We are also open by appointment if these times do not work for your visit. The Board of Directors have recommended wearing masks when in the building.

If you have questions, or need something outside of our open hours you may leave a message on the answering machine, 715-536-5652, or email


It all started in 1978 when…

a group of volunteers who enjoy learning about and studying the past got together. Whether it's Rangers or River Rats, floods or fires, milliners or millionaires, trolleys or trains, you'll find someone in the Society who is interested in researching these and many other topics using our extensive collection of documents, City Directories, high school yearbooks, family histories, and historical photos and postcards.


  • 100 E. Third Street, Merrill, Wisconsin, United States

Merrill Historical Society in a non-profit that operates the History & Culture Center, a Museum with exhibits focused on the Merrill Area and a research center for local photographs and information.

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Famous Merrill Visitors

Famous Merrill Visitors

In 1959, Senator John F. Kennedy was campaigning for the Democratic Presidential nomination. Hear the story about his visit to our community.

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The Packers in Merrill?

The Packers in Merrill?

August 30th, 1935, the Merrill Fromm Foxes took on the Green Bay Packers at Athletic Park. Listen to find out the results of that game.

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Merrill's History Hunts

Merrill's History Hunts

A look at two of Merrill Historical Society History Hunts. Hope we can have one in 2021!

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Click here to access a portion of the Merrill Historical Society Photo and Document Collection.