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

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Local History Webinar Workshops

Our 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 workshops are sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Wisconsin Historical Society members receive discounts on registration fees. Local history workshops are offered annually each spring. 

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.


Complete and submit the Local History Webinar Workshops registration form. You will be contacted by the webinar moderator by e-mail with log-in information prior to the webinar. 


Questions? Contact Rick Bernstein by phone 608-264-6583 or by email at

2015 Webinar Workshop Schedule

 Introduction to Newspaper Research
Friday, April 10, 2015 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by: Ron Larson, Serials Resource Librarian, Wisconsin Historical Society

Course Description: Newspapers serve as important resources for finding historical information. The key to unlocking this information is first knowing where to find the various newspaper titles and then knowing how to use the variety of databases and collections, including those at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Ron Larson, a newspaper librarian for 35 years, will offer insight into the world of newspaper collections and research.

Cost: Wisconsin Historical Society Members: $20.00, Non-Members: $30.00

Introduction to PastPerfect 5
Friday, April 17, 2015 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by: Sarah Kapellusch, Registrar, Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Course Description: This webinar is ideal for museums considering purchasing PastPerfect 5, or for those who are just getting started with the collections management program. The webinar will cover the basic and optional features of PastPerfect 5 as well as cost, system requirements and options for support. We will also talk about where to buy associated hardware as well as some local options for grants to help pay for the program.

Cost: Wisconsin Historical Society Members $20.00, Non-Members: $30.00

Wisconsin Historical Society Affiliates Mini-Grants
Friday, April 24, 2015 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by: Wisconsin Historical Society Field Services Representatives, Rick Bernstein and Janet Seymour

Course Description: This webinar is for local history affiliates of the Wisconsin Historical Society who plan to apply for the Affiliate Mini-Grant. The webinar will provide important information to help ensure your 2015 mini-grant application is complete and competitive.

Cost: FREE and only available to Local History Affiliates that are current on Annual Report filing. Contact Amy Norlin to register at 608-264-6579 or 

Introduction to Digitization
Friday, May 1, 2015 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by: Emily Pfotenhauer, Recollection Wisconsin

Course Description: Thinking about sharing your historic photographs or other collections online? This webinar will introduce the essential elements of a successful digital project, including copyright concerns, scanning, storage and access.

Cost: Wisconsin Historical Society Members: $20.00, Non-Members: $30.00

Make Your Historic Preservation Ordinance Work for You
Friday May 8, 2015 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by: Chip Brown, Government Assistance and Training Specialist, Wisconsin Historical Society.

Course Description: To ensure effectiveness, historic preservation commissioners and local government officials need to fully understand their local historic preservation ordinance and how they fit in within the larger framework of local government. This webinar will explore how local governments enact historic preservation ordinances and how best to manage them once in place.

Cost: FREE as a Historic Preservation Month event. Send in registration form or call 608-264-6579 to register.

How to Apply for a Certified Local Government Grant
Friday, May 15, 2015 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by: Joe DeRose, Historian, Wisconsin Historical Society

Course Description: This webinar will provide you with an introduction in developing an application for a Certified Local Government (CLG) grant. CLG grants are used primarily to either survey your community for historic resources or to make a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. CLG grants can be for as much as $25,000 and do not require a match. Only Certified Local Governments can apply.

Cost: FREE as a Historic Preservation Month event. Send in a registration form or call 608-264-6579 to register.

How to Maintain Your Historic Log Structure
Friday, May 22, 2015 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by: Bruce Bomberger, History Curator, Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum

Course Description: Log buildings are regarded by many Americans as rare and symbolic of our pioneering origins. Our ancestors have, in fact, constructed many more of them, and over a much longer period than most might realize. Learn about their historical background and the best approach toward their preservation and repair.

Cost: Wisconsin Historical Society Members: $20.00, Non-Members: $30.00

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Wisconsin Field Services Regions


Contact the Northern Representative:

Janet Seymour
c/o University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire,
Hibbard 733
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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