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Sharing Stories in Lake Geneva October 15-16

Sharing our Stories: Local History and Historic Preservation Conference October 15-16

If local history or historic preservation are your passion, mark your calendar for October 15-16. That's when the state's largest gathering of professionals and volunteers who are working to preserve and share Wisconsin history will convene at the Grand Geneva Resort in charming Lake Geneva for the fourth annual Local History and Historic Preservation Conference. Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in a two-day, information-packed program, mingle with like-minded enthusiasts for preserving our architectural heritage and the shared stories that constitute our past.

Conference Offers a Wide Range of Expertise

The conference's theme, Sharing our Stories, speaks to the many avenues the conference offers for sharing the stories that inspire a meaningful connection with local history and historic preservation. With 24 one-hour educational sessions and 10 half-day training workshops to choose from, conference attendees will have myriad options. Topics include: optimizing newsletters, websites and social media; advice on publishing and online collections; developing your community history; and preserving the iconic places that make your community unique.

Special guests include Donovan Rypkema, a nationally recognized expert in historic preservation and economics, who will lead two special half-day sessions of special interest to historic preservation commissioners and other historic preservationists. Other featured speakers will include Louis Wasserman and M. Caren Connolly, who will give a presentation on some of the architectural treasures profiled in their new book, "Wisconsin's Own: Twenty Remarkable Homes," and prolific author Jerry Apps, who will lead a workshop on Writing From Your Life: Turning Memories Into Stories.

Friday evening events include a Fundraising Reception at Wadsworth Hall and a Fish Fry & Friends event at Red Geranium Restaurant. Saturday tour options include a Black Point Historic House and Gardens Tour and a tour of Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay.

Sign Up Early and Save

Space for the workshops and the Saturday afternoon tours is limited so we recommend you sign up early. Registrations received by September 7 shave $20 off the registration fee. Mention the Wisconsin Historical Society when booking your rooms to get the special room rate of $70 per night (normal rates are more than double that). The final deadline to register is October 1.

:: Posted July 29, 2010

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