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Maude Shunk Local History Room

Located on the second floor of Menomonee Falls Public Library, has many resources and historical materials from the Menomonee Falls, Fussville and surrounding areas that may be useful to family historians and genealogists.
person using a computer in the Local History Room's digital media lab

Digital History Lab​

Inside the Local History Room is a computer that is utilized both for research and the Digital History Lab.

The Digital History Lab has a variety of equipment to digitize your family memories (photos, postcards, newspapers, documents). 

Equipment Available

  • Equipment Available:
    Flatbed scanner for scanning documents, photos, negatives and slides
  • FastFoto Scanner for scanning both sides of printed photos or documents quickly
  • Czur book scanner for scanning scrapbooks and bound documents

You may reserve the Digital History Lab online or by calling 262-532-8920.

Local History Room Hours and Access

The Maude Shunk Local History Room, located on the second floor of Menomonee Falls Public Library, has many resources and historical materials from the Menomonee Falls, Fussville and surrounding areas that may be useful to family historians and genealogists.  The room is open to the public whenever the library is open.  There are no fees for using the History Room resources other than costs for photocopies.

Lookups

Researchers are encouraged to conduct their own research, as others doing your research might not recognize allied surnames, variant spellings or other research challenges.

For patrons who are unable to visit the library, we offer a free limited lookup service. Due to copyright restrictions, we are unable to copy large numbers of pages from any one film or book.

You can email your request to: historyroom@menomonee-falls.org

Or by postal mail:

Menomonee Falls Public Library
W156N8436 Pilgrim Road
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

You can also request items through the Falls Genealogy and History group on Facebook!   

Although we offer this free service, we do appreciate donations to cover the cost of postage for items that are returned via postal mail.

Donations and Loans

Do you have any family genealogies, photos, scrapbooks, etc. that you would be willing to share with us?  If you grant us digital copyright to these items, we would love to scan them and add them to our collection.  Then return them to you.

Genealogical Gems in the Local History Room

Our collection is constantly updated. See the Library’s Catalog for a complete list of our Local History collection!

Located on the computer inside the Local History Room are:

  • Business and Organization Files
  • Church Histories
  • Cemetery Inscriptions
  • Family Files and Histories
  • Funeral Memorial Cards 
  • Maps and Plat Maps
  • Menomonee Falls Yearbooks (including East and North)
  • Menomonee Falls News Newspaper Index  
  • Obituaries and Clippings
  • Photos and postcards
  • Property Histories
  • Access to online resources such as FamilySearch.org and Ancestry Library Edition

Paper, and Bound Materials

Located in storage and available upon request:

  • Family Files
  • Obituaries
  • Business and Organization Histories
  • Newspaper Clippings File

Microfilm Resources

  • 1840-1920 Federal Population Census (also available digital)
  • Menomonee Falls Express News – 2003-2016
  • Menomonee Falls News – 1906-2006
  • Menomonee Falls Tribune – 1994-2003
  • St. Anthony Church Records 1846-1937
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Map 1910, 1925, 1949

Volunteers

The Maude Shunk Local History Room is always looking for volunteers.  You can volunteer for an hour a week, an hour a month, or every day! You choose how much time you wish to share with us.

Ongoing volunteer projects include:

  • Scanning, organizing or adding metadata to our digital files
  • Copying, clipping and filing obituaries and articles
  • Obituary Lookups
  • Researching to fill in gaps in our collections
  • Articles/posts for social media
  • Cross referencing collections
  • Helping researchers when they visit

If you wish to volunteer please contact Ellen Rohr, Business Manager at erohr@menomonee-falls.org or call 262-532-8930 or fill out the volunteer application (PDF) and return it to the Library.