Local History Webinar Workshops from the Wisconsin Historical Society | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Local History Webinar Workshops

The local history webinar workshops, offered every spring, are available for staff and volunteers of local historical societies, private historic preservation organizations and museums.

Workshop Features

These free webinars are sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Webinar workshops offer:

  • Easy online access; simply log on from your computer to attend these workshops presented via live webinar.
  • Learning opportunities led by Wisconsin and national specialists in the history and preservation field.
  • Something for everyone, from beginners to veterans, programs are geared to all levels of experience. 
  • All webinars start at 10:30 a.m. and will run 45-60 minutes with time for questions. Each webinar is FREE and open to the first 100 registrants.
  • A recording of a past webinar is available for viewing by registering after the webinar has taken place. 

Questions? Contact Rick Bernstein at (608) 264-6583 or rick.bernstein@wisconsinhistory.org


Wisconsin 101: Our History in Objects -Thursday, April 7, 2016
Presented by Adam Mandelman, managing editor, Wisconsin 101 This webinar will present an overview of the Wisconsin 101 project, give a tour of our online exhibit and offer guidance for participating in Wisconsin. Register here for a RECORDING of this webinarattendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7592043499864753921

The Five Forces Facing Historic Sites & House Museums - Friday, April 8, 2016  Presented by Max A. van Balgooy, president, Engaging Places. Register here for a RECORDING of this webinar: attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3153649310071855362 

Intro to PastPerfect 5 - Friday, April 15, 2016 Presented by Sarah Kapellusch, Registrar, Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Get an introduction to the collections database, PastPerfect version 5. We will cover general capabilities as well as optional features, hardware and software requirements, cost and available support. Register here for a RECORDING of this webinar: attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2909834805636297473

Tips for Applying for a Wisconsin Historical Society Mini-Grant - Thursday, April 21, 2016 Presented by Rick Bernstein and Janet Seymour, field services, Wisconsin Historical Society. Learn tips on how to increase your chances of successfully securing a grant. Rick and Janet will cover things such as, demonstrating a need for your project, how to show a well-planned project, what to provide as evidence and more. If you’re planning on applying for a 2016 mini-grant then you don’t want to miss this webinar. Register here for a RECORDING of this webinar: attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4841290807057264641

 Learn the Basics of Collections Care - Friday, April 29, 2016 Presented by Craig Deller, senior conservator, Deller Conservation Group. Learn the basics of collections care from a nationally-recognized conservator. Register here for a RECORDING of this webinar: attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8436711422071097089


Certified Local Government Training - Friday, May 6, 2016
Presented by Joe DeRose, survey historian, Wisconsin Historical Society

This webinar will discuss how to become a Certified Local Government (CLG), what the requirements of the program are and how to apply for CLG sub grants attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5286901979074567681


Foot Traffic: Fresh Look at Walking Tours - Friday, May 13, 2016
Presented by Anthony Rubano, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency

Learn from an expert on how to make the most of a walking tour for your community’s historic district. attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3654940850431860481


How to Preserve Your Historic Building - Friday, May 20, 2016
Presented by Jen Davel, preservation architect, Wisconsin Historical Society

Take a guided tour of the Society’s website filled with information about how to appropriately rehabilitate your historic building. attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/698145176133037825


Managing Your Historic Preservation Ordinance - To be rescheduled
Presented by Chip Brown, Wisconsin Historical Society

Learn from Society staff about the changes to the State’s historic preservation enabling legislation and how this affects your community’s historic preservation commission. 

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Have Questions?

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Wisconsin Field Services Regions


Contact the Northern Representative:

Janet Seymour
c/o University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire,
Hibbard 728
105 Garfield Avenue, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701-4004
Phone: 715-836-2250

Contact the Southern Representative:

Richard Bernstein
Wisconsin Historical Society, 816 State Street,
Room 441
Madison, WI 53706-1482
Phone: 608-264-6583


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