2021 Season

We hope to open on Saturday, May 29 of Memorial Day weekend and continue our regular schedule through the summer. Visit the General Information page for our hours. Scroll down the page to view just some of our many exhibits and FAQ’s.

Upcoming Events

We hope to be able to resume our usual events, including the Ice Cream Social, Annual Meeting and Cemetery Walk if we can do so in a safe and secure format. Continue to check this website or our Facebook page for details.

2020 Season

The CoVid 19 Pandemic limited our activities including all our special events. However, we were able to open mid July through Labor Day on a limited basis and with safety precautions in place.

2019-20 Season

We opened for the 2019 season on May 25th and our last day open for the season was Saturday, August 31st. We will open once again in May ’20. Visit the General Information page for our hours. Scroll down the page to view just some of our many exhibits and FAQ’s.

2019 Events

*October 15th, 2019-Museum Fundraiser: Join us from 6:00-8:00pm for an evening of good food, entertainment and some history at the Rivers Eatery in downtown Cable! Mick & Beth Endersbe are graciously donating their net proceeds of food and beverage sales for the evening to the Museum.

In addition to delicious Pizza and refreshments there will be: *Live entertainment by Cable’s own Nathan Rondeau, *a video presentation “Cable Then and Now”, *images from the Vintage Cycle Tour, *raffle of yummy homemade pies, and *a display of some unique artifacts.

If you can’t make it, please consider a donation to the Museum. See you there!

*October 26th, 2019-Cemetery Walk: This year’s Cemetery Walk will be held at the Cable Greenwood Cemetery in Cable, WI on Saturday, October 26th starting at 3pm. Jim Kinzie will be your host and this event is sponsored by the C/N Historical Museum. There will be lots of ghost stories told with treats and hot chocolate available. There might even be some special ghostly guests! **IF the weather is questionable, please call the museum at 715-798-5070 on the day of the event and listen for the message if this event is cancelled.

This event is open to the public and is kid-friendly. Monetary donations are gratefully accepted.

*August 23rd, 2019: 2nd Annual Vintage Bicycle Tour & Fundraiser. On Friday, August 23rd, downtown Cable, WI will be the scene of the 2nd Annual Vintage Cycle Tour. This fund-raising event presented by the Cable-Namakagon Historical Museum will showcase dozens of bicycles from Bay City Cycles in Ashland, WI as well as others from private collections. Supportive businesses in the downtown Cable area will display the historic two wheelers for your viewing enjoyment.

The short several block walking or cycling tour begins and ends at the new Portage Park Cable on the corner of County Highway M and US Highway 63 in Cable. The one day only Friday tour begins at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m.

A Tour Checklist and Tour Map will guide participants to the viewing locations. At each location volunteers will initial your list to confirm your visit. Tour checklists can be picked up at participating display locations and is available online on the Cable/Namakagon Historical Museum Facebook page OR Click Here for Event Download Info on this page. *If you have visited all 16 sites, please turn the Tour Checklist in at the Portage Park Cable event headquarters to be entered in random prize drawings from the event sponsors at 6:00 p.m. You must be present to claim your prize!

Participating businesses and sponsors include: Bay City Bicycles, Redbery Books, The Rivers Eatery, Tilly’s Pies, Velo Café, The Brickhouse Café, Forest Lodge Library, Whispering Pines, Camp David Realty, Cable Lumber & Home, King Realty, Sweet Exchange, McKinney Realty, Cable Natural History Museum, Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, Portage Park Cable and the Cable/Namakagon Historical Museum.

There is no admission charge for the tour however free will donations for the Cable/Namakagon Historical Museum will be accepted in this fun and educational historic tour of vintage bicycles. Why not make it a day of walking, cycling, shopping and eating while taking in some of Cable’s bicycle history? Email us or call during hours of operation if you have any questions at: 715-798-5070.

*Please visit our Facebook page and read an article titled “Shifting Gears” written by Sara Balbin. Sara shares an interview with Karl Faber and his daughter Alex of Bay City Cycles in Ashland, WI, the development of the bicycle industry, some great posters, and information on the 2019 Vintage Cycle Tour. We look forward to seeing you on Friday, August 23rd in Cable, WI!

*August 17th, 2019: Our Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 17 at the Museum. We will begin with coffee and sweets at 9:30AM. The meeting begins at 10:00AM and typically lasts about an hour. We encourage all our members to attend as it is a chance to learn first hand about our activities and offer suggestions. This year our special speaker is Toby Griggs, who will talk about the Griggs family Forest Lodge Estate on Lake Namakagon where he spent many summers when he was growing up.

*July 28th, 2019: We will be hosting our 5th Annual Ice Cream Social at the Cable/Namakagon Historical Museum on Sunday, July 28th, 2019 from 1-4pm. The event will include chocolate and strawberry sundaes with homemade sauce, ice cream cones, root beer floats, 50/50 raffle, antique/retro silent auction and great music provided by Simple Gift. The museum will be open during the social, so we invite you to come in and take a look at all of our great exhibits. This fundraiser for the C/NHM is a rain or shine event. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the museum during hours of operation @ 715-798-5070

2018 Events

December 2018: With the holidays just around the corner, if you’re still looking for that one special gift…the “Cable Cullings” book and “Wayside Poems” are available for purchase. Call Carol for more information at: 715-798-3706. Please leave a message. Our 2018 Christmas newsletter is now available for viewing on our Newsletter page.

August 24th, 2018-Vintage Bicycle Event – (Noon to 7:00pm) Local businesses will be displaying vintage cycles throughout downtown Cable, WI starting at the Rivers Eatery courtyard and ending at the Cable/Namakagon Historical Museum. Bay City Cycles of Ashland, WI will showcase 20+ cycles with several other private collections on display during this fun and educational historic walking tour (all within a 3 block area). There is not an admission charge for this tour. However, free will donations for the Cable/Namakagon Historical Museum will be accepted.

Why not make it a day of viewing the vintage bicycles, take a tour of our museum, and shop with a lot of great places to eat along the way? See you soon!

October 13th, 2018-Cemetery Walk: This year’s Cemetery Walk will be held at the Greenwood Cemetery in Cable, WI on Saturday, October 13th, starting at 4pm. Jim Kinzie will be your host and this event is sponsored by the C/N Historical Museum. There will be a Tombstone Scavenger Hunt, lots of local stories told with hot chocolate available! This event is open to the public and is kid-friendly. Monetary donations are gratefully accepted.


Military Exhibit

We are honoring the Cable/Namakagon residents who served in the military as one of our special exhibits this summer.

We would greatly appreciate and welcome any information or photos of residents during their time in the service.

Logging and Railroad Eras

Come take a look at the tools and historical pictures of the lumber camps of the late 1800’s.


We are pleased to be able to share with you an exhibit on medical care in Cable as Dr. Neer and Dr. Kelsey were a part of our history being the only two doctors back in the day.

Area Schools

Did you know that there were five rural schools in the surrounding areas and the Cable school has always been in the same location since the early 1900’s? Take a look at the many yearbooks, pictures and the artifacts of our local school.


The history and photos of the Cable and Namakagon area resorts along with a display of the Telemark and Lakewoods Resorts can be found in this display.

Founding Families

This exhibit highlights some of the early settlers in the area. Maybe you’ll even recognize a few names and learn about where they immigrated from.


Q: Is there a fee for these events? Some events there will be a fee. Once more information is posted about the event, most fees will be listed.

Q: Who do we contact about any questions we have or if we’d like to make a contribution to an event? Contact the museum directly or check our General Information page for more options.

Q: Is there a fee to look at the exhibits? Free admission (unless stated otherwise)

Q: Do you offer group or school tours? Yes, we do! Call: 715-798-5070 or 715-798-3706 to make arrangements. *Some fees may apply.