Portage Community Historical SocietyPortage Community Historical Society

Portage Community Historical Society holds its meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of every other month.

Mission Statement: To bring people together interested in learning about Portage Township history.

If you’d like to join, please attend one of our general meetings and ask a board member for more information. A year’s membership is only $20 for an individual and $50 for a family. For more information about joining the Society, please go to our Membership page.

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The museum is open Saturdays and Sundays. - 1:00pm-4:00pm

The first weekend in April until mid-November with special Christmas hours

Portage was incorporated as a town in 1959 and officially became a city in 1968, but its history stretches back much further than that.

And Portage is still growing. Despite the closing and restructuring of many of the area’s steel mills and industries in the nineties, Portage still draws new residents every year. In 1990, the population was 29,060. In 2000, it was 33,496. In the past few years, Portage has experienced a resurgence. New businesses have moved to the city, new subdivisions have sprung up seemingly overnight, and some of the city’s main streets have recently been fixed up and modernized (such as Willowcreek Rd.).

Even though the city has been transformed from a rural community into a suburban setting, its agricultural roots can still be seen in the old farmhouses, lonely county roads, and cornfields that still make their home in Portage. It is with one eye to the past and the other to the future that the Portage Community Historical Society works to preserve the history of this area. “Appreciation of our past helps us to live wisely in the present, and to plan wisely for the future.” Won’t you join us in helping to preserve the history of Portage?