About Us

The Butte des Morts Historical Preservation Society was started in 2014 by Joe and Patti Yana from Butte des Morts, and Randy Domer from Oshkosh. Our mission is to collect, preserve, and disseminate materials and information relating to the rich history of Butte des Morts, Wisconsin, which began in 1818 as a fur trading post founded by Augustin Grignon. We encourage anyone wanting to learn or share more about Butte des Morts to join us! We can be reached at BDMHPS@gmail.com.

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Membership

Board Members



Joe Yana, President
Randy Domer, Vice President
Patti Yana, Secretary/Treasurer
Vicki Wilson, at large executive committee member
George Kontos
Jim Quillinan
Tom Kontos
Harold (Skip) Thorpe
Debra Daubert

Historic Sites and Event Photos

Grignon Hotel

The Augustin Grignon Hotel

Klemp Brothers Service Station and John Klemp grocery

Klemp Brothers Service Station and John Klemp grocery

The White House

The White House

The Hull House

The Hull House

Found in the wall

Found in the wall

Skeleton Bridge School

Skeleton Bridge School

Society Kick-off

Society Kick-off

Plummer Cemetery

Plummer Cemetery

Bogk Tavern

Bogk's Tavern

Bogk Tavern

Tilly's Tavern

Old School

Former Butte des Morts School

First County Seat

Butte des Morts - First County Seat in Winnebago County

First County Seat

Grignon Trading Post

Help Support Our Society



We have raised 100% of the funds needed for our fire-proof safe.
Thanks to all of our generous donors we have now met 100% of our goal. We hope to purchase our fireproof safe by the end of the summer. Thank you one and all!
We are currently identifying our next goal, but if you would like to donate something to be used for any purpose, we've provided the following PayPal donation button for your convenience.

Thank you for supporting the Butte des Morts Historical Preservation Society!


Society Fundraiser - Historic Note Cards

We've asked several local artists to sketch designs of historic Butte des Morts buildings, and we're offering their sketches as note cards. There are eight designs in total.

There are 8 cards in a pack for $5. You can order all 8 of one design or a variety package where you designate how many of each design you'd like. Shipping costs are $2.50 to mail one pack of 8 and $3.00 to mail two packs of 8.

Please contact Patti Yana at BDMHPS@gmail.com if you have any questions.
If you wish to purchase these cards, please send a check to:
Butte des Morts Historical Preservation Society, P.O. Box 332, Butte des Morts, WI 54927.



Hull House

The "Hull House" was built by Lathrop W. Hull in Butte des Morts, WI around 1856.

Design #1 - The "Hull House"

Sketch by Dan Radig of Oshkosh, WI - 2014

Dan Radig is a respected Oshkosh artist who is well known for his stylistic paintings. His artistic interpretation of the Hull House in Butte des Morts is representative of this style. It is reproduced from an acrylic painting. We are pleased he was able to capture the beauty of this Italian two story Villa.

An author of local history, Dan is known for collecting, preserving and sharing historic images of Oshkosh. He is also a member of the Oshkosh Memorabilia Club.

© Permission given to the Butte des Morts Historical Preservation Society by the Artist.

Design #2 - The White House Inn

Sketch by Ginny Gross of Oshkosh, WI - 2014

Ginny Gross is a local Oshkosh artist who currently works at the Oshkosh Public Museum. She has always had an interest in local history and recently developed an interest in sketching. We are so pleased to showcase her new found talent by her sketch of the White House Inn in Butte des Morts!

Ginny is also very well known in the Oshkosh Community for her informative tours of Riverside Cemetery.

© Permission given to the Butte des Morts Historical Preservation Society by the Artist.

The White House Inn

The White House Inn was started in Butte des Morts, WI around the turn of the century as a saloon. After becoming a popular stopping point between towns, it was eventually transformed into an inn and then a supper club.
Bogk's Tavern

Bogk's Tavern was started by Joe and Etta Bogk in the early 1900's and remained open until the late 1960's. It was a popular gathering place even during Prohibition.

Design #3 - Bogk's Tavern

Sketch by D. Bartlet, 2015

Bogk's Tavern was started by Joe and Etta Bogk in the early 1900's and remained open until the late 1960's. It was a popular gathering place even during Prohibition. The building still stands today.

© Permission given to the Butte des Morts Historical Preservation Society by the Artist.

Design #4 - Butte des Morts Marker

Sketch by D. Bartlet, 2015

MAS-PA-QUA-TE-NO
Butte des Morts
Hill of the Dead
First county seat
Erected by winnebago County Archeological & Historical Society, 1938

© Permission given to the Butte des Morts Historical Preservation Society by the Artist.

Butte des Morts Marker
Bogk's Tavern

Design #5 - Clemansville Marker

Sketch by D. Bartlet, 2015

Homesite of Horace Clemans. First settler in Town of Vinland. Dedicated to the pioneer men and women whose vision and courage made our day possible.

Erected 1946 by the Winnebago County Archeological & Historical Society

© Permission given to the Butte des Morts Historical Preservation Society by the Artist.

Design #6 - Skeleton Bridge School

Sketch by D. Bartlet, 2015

Skeleton Bridge School was a one room school house that operated from 1858 to 1956. It is located on Skeleton Bridge Road near Butte des Morts. It was auctioned off in 1957 and is now privately owned.

© Permission given to the Butte des Morts Historical Preservation Society by the Artist.

Skeleton Bridge School
Trading Post Marker

Design #7 - Trading Post Marker

Sketch by D. Bartlet, 2015

First permanent post in Winnebago County.
850 Ft. S.S.W. this point. Founded 1818 by Augustine Grignon & Jas. Porlier.

Erected by the Winnebago County Historical & Archeological Society

© Permission given to the Butte des Morts Historical Preservation Society by the Artist.

Design #8 - Grignon Hotel

Sketch by Cassidy Mulvey, 2015

The Grignon Hotel was built by Butte des Morts founder Augustin Grignon in the late 1840s and served as a hotel in the mid 1800s.

In 1859 it was purchased by Peter Peterson and was also used as a general store, post office and general gathering place. In 1901 it was purchased by John Boe, who operated it as a general store. In the 1950s it was used as an antique store. At one point it was owned by the Winnebago County Historical & Archeological Society.

© Permission given to the Butte des Morts Historical Preservation Society by the Artist.

Grignon Hotel

The Grignon Hotel is now privately owned and is one of the oldest remaining commercial structures in Winnebago County.


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Address:

Butte des Morts Historical Preservation Society
P.O. Box 332
Butte des Morts, WI 54927 USA

Phone:

920.582.9616

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