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1852 Baptist Church/Museum Restoration

The Lake Mills Aztalan Historical Society recently evaluated the condition of the 170 year old Baptist Church which was built in 1852 by pioneer settlers in Aztalan and was later restored and repurposed as the Lake Mills Aztalan Historical Museum in 1942. The overall evaluation is that the building, for it's age is in very good condition and with some regular maintenance will continue to stand strong at the corner of County Hwy Q and County Hwy B for many years to come. The brick church houses the majority of the artifact collections at the musuem and plays an important roll in sharing the history of both the ancient indigenous people and the pioneer settlers of the Aztalan and Lake Mills Area.  The LMAHS Board has selected Holton Brothers, Inc. of Grafton, WI to complete the maintenance at the estimated cost of $21,120 which includes tuck pointing of brick masonry, replacement of severely damaged and spalled brick masonry, sill replacement for all 8 windows with limestone sills as the building originally had. We are seeking support of a minimum of $10,000 in donations for this project from the public and in grants for the project. 

Photos below show some of the areas deterioration in need of repair.  

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Current Condition, July 2022

We need your support for restoration projects like that of the 1852 Baptist Church/Museum, cabins at the museum site as well as other community projects to help us continue to preserve and share our local history.

LMAHS is a 501c3 charitable organization.
Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Donations can be mailed to: LMAHS, PO Box 122, Lake Mills, WI 53551

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Help us restore a 170 year old treasure of Lake Mills/Aztalan history that is the
foundation of our mission!

Upcoming Events 

The monthly meeting of the Lake Mills Aztalan Historical Society is held every 3rd Monday of the month and held at the LD Fargo Library, downtown Lake Mills, 6pm on the second floor. Occasionally the meetings are canceled. Please contact us if you would like to confirm meeting days and times. Email us at or call/text (920)728-2685.

Opening weekend at museum site: June 1st and 2nd, 2024 12pm to 4pm tentatively, Heavy Hands Blacksmith will be on hand demonstrating while assisting us with blacksmithing projects at the site.

Aztalan Day: July 21, 2024 at the museum
 site. More information to come.

Cemetery Walk at Rock Lake Cemetery: in October- Date to be determined. We are always looking for volunteers! Let us know if you would like to help.


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