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The Scott History & Genealogy Room

The room is used for the collection, preservation, and public research of a local history collection. A variety of historical materials make up the collection, including photos, maps, and family histories. Stop by the front desk to learn more.

Accessing the Collection

The collection is accessible between the hours of 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. To access archives outside of our regular hours, please fill out this form: Research Request Form.  For extra assistance, contact us at (715) 247-5228 or email us at somersetpl@somersetlibrary.org.

Rules for In-Person Use of the Collection:

1. Materials cannot leave the History Room.
2. To protect the collection, food, beverages and ink pens, backpacks and large coats are NOT permitted.
3. A printer/scanner is available for use. Please see the front desk staff for pricing of photocopies.
4. Please sign the register at the front desk to utilize the local history collection.

Research Request Form:

If you do not wish to conduct your own research, assistance completed by a librarian or volunteer historian is available for a nominal fee. Please apply for this service using our online Research Request Form. Collected fees and donations are reinvested into the preservation and maintenance of the History Room collection.

Local History

Our local history collection focuses on the history of the Village of Somerset Village of Somerset and surrounding towns of Somerset, St. Joseph and Star Prairie.


Do you think you can recognize people or places in our historical photo collection?

Check out our Flickr Page and then if you would like to add your knowledge to our records, complete the online form!

This local history collection of photos are avaiable in the history room and on Flickr.

A history of the Somerset area and the first settlers, this collection contains most of Rosalie Parnell’s book published in 1952 to show the history of Somereset, as well as parts of two other books: History of the St. Croix Valley by A.B. Easton (1909) and History of Northern Wisconsin by the Western Historical Society of Chicago, Illinois (1881).

These conversations were compiled as part of a library-sponsored oral history project. The speakers shared their memories of historic events and life in Somerset. They were recorded as part of an effort to preserve local history.

Written in 1956, the Triple Centennial Jubilee Souvenir Book celebrates 300 years of history.  It is a compilation of photos and stories of the founding and history of the Village of Somerset, Somerset Township, and St. Anne’s Church.

Other Resources

Ancestry Library Edition

Start searching billions of records and discover your family’s story. Available for use only while using library wifi or public computers.

Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers

Wisconsin Newspapers Digital Research Site is a service of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association that provides access to 235 daily and weekly Wisconsin newspapers both historical and current.

Heritage Quest Online

Access genealogical research: all U.S. Federal Census records, family and local histories, and access to PERSI PERiodical Source Index.


Historical newspapers archive from the 1700s-2000s containing thousands of well-known regional, state, and small local newspapers in the United States and other countries.

Somerset Public Library

208 Hud Street
Somerset, WI 54025

Mon, Wed, Fri: 9AM - 6PM
Tues, Thurs: 9AM - 7PM
Sat: 9AM-1PM