Stanley's History and Museum


Stanley Area Historical Society Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays 1- 4 p.m. June, July, August and September.  The museum features four distinct buildings with over 12,000 sq. feet and is full of interesting and educational exhibits including a 1906 Cadillac and an unusual 650-item beer tap collection.  Small groups and bus tours welcome.

Winter Hours:  Open Tuesdays 1-3 p.m. or call (715) 644-5880 for an appointment.

Special 2017 Exhibits:  The exhibits highlighting Stanley businesses operated in the 1950’s and 1960’s on the east side of Broadway Street from First Avenue to Fourth Avenue continues in 2017.  These north gallery exhibit includes photographs and artifacts.  2.) A work in progress --- Northwestern Lumber Company exhibit is being developed in the south gallery and will include the Stanley Mill, the Stanley Merrill and Phillips Railroad and the Northwestern Lumber Company Store.  Other major exhibit will include 1917 fashions and a World War II timeline.  The museum has exhibits that are added to annually.

Red Hat Ladies always find their visits very enjoyable. The museum is handicap accessible with an elevator and has a wheelchair available for use. Contact Persons: David Jankoski (715) 644-5880 or Betty Plombon (715) 644-5492.

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The 81-acre site of Chapman Lake Park was donated to the people of Stanley by the Northwestern Lumber Company after their mill closed in 1922.  It was named after George Chapman who was the manager of the mill.  Recently, the mill pond was drained and a new concrete dam was built.  Over the years restrooms with flush toilets, a bathhouse, the Maves Memorial Pavilion, lighted ball field, bleachers, playground equipment, tennis courts, a campground and a deer and elk park were added.  The Stanley Sportsman's Club has restocked Chapman Lake with adult bluegills.  Our park is being improved all the time. In 2012 a new pavilion was built.  Chapman Park is the home of the annual Rodeo where thousands of people from miles around enjoy vendors, food and of course the best Rodeo in the area.