Museum open June-Sept Sundays 1:00-4:00

Museum Admission is Free!!

Calumet County Historical

Society Museum

Our Museum features two buildings filled with articles from around Calumet County that features things that hard working people used every day to make life just a little easier

We are a non-profit 100% volunteer group

We are an affiliated with the

State Historical Society of Wisconsin

community.† In an article found in the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on March 27, 1976 it was mentioned that he was also credited with improving the logo that Calumet County was using at that time.

Calumet County Historical Societyís Starting Point!

Chilton in 1967 and blew the roof off part of his barn, the need for a new building to house the collection was pushed forward. What was built is now the southern building of the museum. This building contains Dr. Klofandaís collection as well as 50 years worth of donated articles from numerous residents.†

Dr Klofanda was a well respected man in the

Dr Royal Klofanda, a local Veterinary, had a hatchery and barn at his home on Reed Street in Chilton. He was a collector of items from farms and homes in the area. In the 1950ís he began calling his collection the Royal Farm Museum. In the early 1960ís he along with others in the community, formed the Calumet County Historical Society. When a tornado came through

Dr Royal Klofanda1886-1974

he organized the first Boys and Girls Club at Brillion, the forerunner to the present 4-H Club; organized the Brillion Community Farm Fair and served as the first Calumet County agricultural agent from 1917-21.

As county agent he organized the Calumet County Holstein Breeders Association, Calumet County Guernsey Association, Calumet County Beekeepers, Calumet County Swine Breeders and the Farmers Bookkeeping Club.


In the 1930s he was instrumental in reviving the Calumet County fair, was president of the Chilton Kiwanis Club and was a former district lieutenant governor.

From 1957-59 he served as state veterinarian, founded the Calumet County Historical Society in 1961, served on the Chilton City Plan Commission, was a past president of St. Martin Lutheran Church, and Lutheran Layman League district president.


Dr. Royal Klofanda, 88, a former Chilton veterinarian, died early today at a nursing home in Clintonville where he resided the past four years. He was born on April 16, 1886 at Racine, a son of the late Rudolph and Cecelia Klofanda. On Nov. 14, 1917 he married Lydia Schelling at Racine. She died April 10, 1969.


Dr. Klofanda lived most of his life in Chilton where he operated a hatchery on Reed Street. He was active in the community. In 1916

ground, now hung from the rafters of one of the buildings.† Hermanís work ethic and ďcan do" spirit led him to take care of hanging it all by himself! Incredibly Herman had been doing things like this for the CCHS since 1967.† We have lost a great mentor and friend.

Hermanís commitment to the Calumet County Historical Society was unmatched in longevity but more importantly was unmatched in a passion for sharing history.

Herman E. Pagel1920-2013

museum or cutting the grass. Herman was an incredibly active member. In the last year he also helped with mixing cement for the footing of the Windmill project and one cold November day he led a group of High School students as they toured the museum. His detailed knowledge was in high demand as the group began documenting the societyís articles.†† That same day we noticed a large historical sign that had been on the

The community has lost a wonderful gentleman who had an incredible passion for sharing his knowledge of history with everyone.† Herman died on December 25th at the age of 93. The Calumet County Historical Society would like to send our respects and gratitude to the Pagel Family.

Herman was involved with the CCHS from the very start and his involvement never stopped. Most Sundays in the summer you could find Herman working in the

Michael J Bolz†† 1896-1986 Free