How Can I Help?

The Delavan Historical Society has volunteer opportunities for everyone.

Resource Center Volunteers

Collection digitizing and indexing

  • Phonebooks and City Directories
  • Local Maps
  • Latimer Family photographs
  • Delavan High School Empemera
  • Much more

Current Projects

  • Spring Grove Cemetary Headstone Restoration
  • Austin Studio Archive Indexing (Weddings, Seniors Pictures, Family Events)
  • Oral Histories
  • Artifacts
  • Education Outreach
  • Building and Sub-division histories
  • Research requests


The Delavan Historical Society is a federally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent of the law.

You can provide a cash donation by clicking the Donate button at the top of the screen.  We also have a wish list of items that are needed at the resource center or on site at one of our projects.

  • Delavan/DDHS Yearbooks
  • Delavan City Directories
  • Delavan Memorabilia
  • Family Histories
  • Business Histories
  • Display Cabinets
  • Bookcases
  • Safes for irreplaceable items
  • Apartment-sized Refrigerator
  • Photo Frames (black is good)
    5×7, 8×10, 10×12, 12×14, and larger…
  • Poster Frames
  • Picture Framing “gift certificates”
  • Yardsticks
  • Office Supplies
    (Regular & Legal File Folders, Alpha File Dividers, Scotch Tape, plastic-covered paper clips, pencils, fine-point black pens, scratch pads, Avery assorted Labels….,etc.)
  • Copy & Print Paper (Letter & Legal)
  • Inks for HP printer/scanner
    (HP 564 XL Blue, 564 XL Magenta, 564 XL Yellow, 564 XL Black, 564 Photo Black)
  • Archival Supplies
    (white gloves, archival tape, archival boxes, clothing boxes, etc., Archival pens and pencils)
  • Printing “gift certificates” (for non-in-house printing – Advance)

We strongly encourage everyone with an interest in Delavan and/or Delavan’s history to join the Delavan Historical Society. By joining us, you are contributing to the preservation of Delavan’s history. We have four different membership levels:

  • $20 Single Membership
  • $35 Family membership
  • $50 Contributing Membership
  • $100 Sponsoring Business Memberships

All membership levels receive a copy of our informative and entertaining newsletter which is published quarterly. Sponsoring Business Memberships in addition receive space in our Preferred Business Pamphlet Rack at, and an ad in our newsletter. Won’t you consider joining?

The Delavan Historical Society Exhibit & Resource Center is located at 663 East Ann St. (The former Fire Safety Building).  Displays involving local artifacts and stories of local significance change up to four times a year.  The Resource Center continues to grow as we research and collect documents and memorabilia from the public.

Exhibit and Resource Center can be visited on Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm or by appointment.  
Contact us by calling the Delavan Historical Society (262) 740-7410 or send us an email at [email protected]