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Last Chance to Register for This Conference

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

The coming week is your last chance to register for the 2010 Local History and Historic Preservation Conference in Lake Geneva October 15-16. The annual conference is the largest event in Wisconsin for local historians and historic preservationists, and you don't want to miss it. 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).

Registration Rates: Postmarked by October 1

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

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

In addition to the 34 workshops and sessions offered throughout the conference, we're offering extra events that will help you meet new colleagues, catch up with old friends, and see some of Lake Geneva's most interesting historic buildings.

Fundraising Reception at Wadsworth Hall

This exclusive Friday evening event is a rare opportunity to visit one of the grand houses featured in the forthcoming book, "Wisconsin's Own: Twenty Remarkable Homes."

  • Explore the 1st floor of this private residence, built in 1905, and its surrounding grounds.
  • Enjoy a spectacular buffet with dessert and wine bar.
  • Meet the authors and photographer of "Wisconsin's Own," who will be available for a book signing.

In addition to the tour, your $100 ticket includes a copy of "Wisconsin's Own" ($45 value). Event proceeds will support the conference, allowing us to keep registration prices affordable.

Fish Fry & Friends: Red Geranium Restaurant

You can also choose to spend Friday evening with new and old acquaintances at the nearby Red Geranium Restaurant for an informal and relaxing dinner. The restaurant specializes in steaks and fresh seafood, and a Friday night fish fry will be available.

Yerkes Observatory Tour, Williams Bay

When the conference ends on Saturday there is still time to see more of Lake Geneva. Saturday afternoon offers a tour of the 1897 Yerkes Observatory, known as the birthplace of modern astrophysics and owned by the University of Chicago's Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

  • See the world's largest refracting telescope, a 40-inch lens-type telescope contained within an impressive 90-foot dome and 73-foot diameter elevator floor.
  • Learn about Yerkes Observatory's early history and see historic photos.
  • Discover the Quester Museum which celebrates Yerkes Observatory astronomers who had a profound impact on both the scientific and local communities within the last century.
  • Browse the gift shop for authentic meteorites, postcards, T-shirts, scientific kits, guides to the stars and planets, and many other science and astronomy-related items.

Workshops and Special Events Filling Up Fast

The special events and workshops are filling up quickly and only a few rooms remain at the reduced $99 conference rate (regularly $159 – $179 per night). Reserve a room now at the Grand Geneva Resort or call 800-558-3417. You don't want to miss this chance to attend Wisconsin's largest gathering of local history and historic preservation enthusiasts.

:: Posted September 24, 2010

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