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

If you've been waiting to register for the 2010 Local History and Historic Preservation Conference, don't delay any longer. Send your registration, postmarked by September 7, and save $20 off the regular conference rate. Early registration also offers you the chance to reserve your spot in any workshops or tours you are planning to attend. Space for these special activities is filling up quickly.

Early Bird Rates: Postmarked by September 7

  • Two-day registration: $90
  • One-day registration: $50

Regular Rates: Postmarked by October 1

  • Two-day registration: $110
  • One-day registration: $60

You can find all the conference details in this downloadable brochure (PDF 2.59 MB) and a printable registration form to help you register today (PDF 238 KB).

The Largest Event of its Kind in Wisconsin

The annual conference is the largest event in Wisconsin for local historians and historic preservationists, and you don't want to miss it. Many people have already registered and taken advantage of the special hotel rate of $70 per night at the Grand Geneva Resort. A limited number of rooms are still available at this rate. Once these rooms are booked, the conference hotel rate will increase to $99 per night. Call the Grand Geneva Resort toll free at 800-558-3417 or make your reservation online to make sure you don't miss these discounted rates.

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, you 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.

An Impressive Lineup of Distinguished Speakers

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" from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, and prolific author Jerry Apps, who will lead a workshop on "Writing From Your Life: Turning Memories Into Stories."

Special Events and Behind-the-Scenes Tours You Won't Want to Miss

Friday evening events include a Fundraising Reception at Wadsworth Hall and a Fish Fry & Friends event at the Red Geranium Restaurant. Saturday tour options include a Black Point Historic House and Gardens Tour and a tour of Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay. All of these events have a limited capacity, so registering now is the best way to reserve your place at these events.

Don't wait until the final registration deadline of October 1. Secure your spot and save money by registering before September 7.

:: Posted August 26, 2010

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