Judith A. Simonsen Research Library


10 am to 1 pm

All other times by reservation only.
Reservations can be made by
calling 414-774-8672 during office hours, Monday through Thursday,

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Researchers must be 12 or older

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Want to find out more about Wauwatosa’s history?
Want to discover your own home's or family's history?

The Wauwatosa Historical Society's Judith A. Simonsen Research Library contains historical photographs and documents from Wauwatosa families, schools, churches and businesses.


For research inquiries, email jasrl@wauwatosahistoricalsociety.org.
Provide as much detail for the researcher as possible, including dates, address or location, and full names (indicate birth or married names). Research volunteers are in the library on Wednesdays, and will reply to inquiries as soon as possible.


The Judith A. Simonsen Research Library is located 
on the second floor of the  Kneeland-Walker House
7406 Hillcrest Drive
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53213

The Kneeland-Walker House is not handicapped accessible.


Initial assessment of email, telephone or mail request is complimentary. 

- In-person research, $5.00 per session (non-members only).
- Waived research fees are a benefit of membership.
- Extensive research performed by volunteer, $20 per hour.

Reproductions of historic photos are available for purchase.
Please contact us for more details.

This building at 1532 Wauwatosa Avenue was completed in 1918 as the Masonic Temple for the Lodge that was founded in 1895. What is the building used for today?


Irish Fest Center. Irish Fest purchased the building from the Wauwatosa Masonic Lodge in January of 1998 and moved in April of that year. Renovations have a Celtic theme. The center houses exhibit material and is the home of the Irish music archives.


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