The New Lisbon Memorial Library has an extensive collection of Native American Artifacts generously donated to us from Harry A. Mortensen. Harry Mortensen was the youngest of five children born to Peter and Mary Mortensen of New Lisbon. He spent much of his free time exploring and searching for new pieces to add to his collection.
The collection consists of over 4,000 artifacts, one of the largest personal collections in the state of Wisconsin, all of which were found in Juneau County. Some of the pieces date back to 10,000 years before the birth of Christ.
The collection was given to the care of the New Lisbon Memorial Library, carrying out Harry’s wish that it never be taken out of Juneau County.
This wonderful collection can be seen throughout the Library. Stop in and enjoy the history of Juneau County!
My father would be very pleased by collaborative efforts between the people of New Lisbon and the Ho-Chunk nation to preserve the collection. He would be even more pleased to learn that more of the collection can be open to the public and preserved in the county where the artifacts were first located. The collection’s display and retention were always his desire.
– Lon Mortensen