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2013 Reuben Gold Thwaites Trophy Winner Announced

Exterior of building with white pillars, the De Pere Historical Society headquarters.
De Pere Historical Society. De Pere, Wisconsin. The White Pillars Museum on 403 North Broadway houses the De Pere Historical Society. View the property record: AHI 1810

The De Pere Historical Society has been awarded the 2013 Reuben Gold Thwaites Trophy, the highest award for achievements in the field of local history, by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

It earned the award for its longstanding mission to preserve, promote and make available the history of the De Pere community. In the Society Awards Committee's judgment, the organization has evolved to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world and to find new ways to give back to the people it serves.

About the Award

Named for the Wisconsin Historical Society's second director, the Reuben Gold Thwaites Trophy recognizes one local historical society each year that has demonstrated a commitment to excellence and a record of success in collecting and preserving local history in its various forms.

About the De Pere Historical Society

The De Pere Historical Society's home is the White Pillars Museum, an 1836 historic building that is the oldest structure in De Pere. The local society's public services have included the digitization of thousands of photographs that chronicle De Pere's history and sharing those photos in its popular "De Pere Picture Show" in various community venues.

The White Pillars Museum also houses the local society's Museum Archive Research System, an easily searchable computerized archive that includes more than 70,000 pages of De Pere and Brown County newspapers; more than 1,500 inventories, letters and other documents; and more than 8,000 photographs. To date, more than 1,000 researchers have used the collections.

A panel of judges from the Wisconsin Historical Society recommended the local historical society receive the award. Each year the Wisconsin Historical Society Board of Curators approves nominations for the Reuben Gold Thwaites Trophy for Local History.

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