Home, Sweet Home: Portage Style

Step into a photo gallery of Portage houses and see if you recognize homes in your neighborhood, or homes that you pass every day. The photos display a wide array of architectural styles and influences, most of which still stand today, ranging from spacious homes with third floor ballrooms and elaborate exterior trim to unadorned homes for the families of modest means. An expression of the time in which they were built, the houses of Portage are modern-day artifacts that tell a story of Portage’s earliest founders.


Our exhibits tell our stories

Step into the past to learn about our history: the American Indians who lived here for thousands of years, the explorers who visited, the settlers who moved here in the early 1800’s, followed by the entrepreneurs who saw opportunity, and the men and women who built homes, schools, stores and churches. Most of the artifacts in our exhibits came from Portage residents who lived ordinary lives in this small town on the big river.