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Historic Wisconsin Building Images Go Online


The 1903 Daniel Krause Barn, Oconto County

As part of the Society's ongoing efforts to make more of its collections, programs and services available to the public online, we're announcing completion of a project to post 195,000 images of historic properties on our website. The images, like those that appear here, are a significant new resource for those eager to learn more about Wisconsin's historic buildings. You can explore these images and find out more about historic buildings by using the Architecture and History Inventory. Funds raised as part of the Forward! Campaign helped make the project possible.

Four Decades in the Making

The 1881 Sand Island Lighthouse, Bayfield County
The 1881 Sand Island Lighthouse,
Bayfield County

Compiled over the last 40 years, the Architecture and History Inventory represents the work of many professionals and volunteers who have recorded more than 128,000 historic buildings as part of the State Historic Preservation Office's responsibility to maintain an inventory of Wisconsin's historic properties. Professionals in many fields, from preservation to planning, as well as state and local governments and federal agencies will use this inventory. Now, with all of this information online and easily accessible, we believe even more members of the public will use the inventory.

Each property in the inventory has a photo accompanied by information about the building's history such as its date of construction and what type of architecture it represents. You may find an image of a historic building from 30 years ago and be surprised at how the building has changed in even a short period of time. But these images don't just tell the stories of individual buildings. This collection of thousands of records from our most humble buildings to our most grand local landmarks tells the larger story of how our communities were born, how they worked, and how they've changed over time.

More Web Resources Coming

The Society's Division of Historic Preservation-Public History is working to provide many more Web resources that will help citizens across the state to preserve our historic places of enduring value. We encourage you to use these photos to learn more about the historic places important to you and hope they will inspire you to help preserve the buildings and places that illustrate your community's history.

A 2008 grant from the National Park Service's Preserve America Grant Program, as well as a 2006 grant from Madison's Evjue Foundation, made this project possible.

:: Posted February 28, 2011

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