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Stevens Point Conference a Major Success

The Past in Perspective, the theme of the 201l Local History and Historic Preservation Conference

More than 250 people attended the Local History and Historic Preservation Conference in Stevens Point sponsored by the Society and the Wisconsin Council for Local History. The conference brought together professionals and volunteers from 42 counties to network, share ideas and learn from presentations by Society staff, local history and preservation organizations, and nationally recognized speakers. Sessions and workshops covered topics ranging from technical historic preservation issues, designing educational and interpretive programs for museums, and caring for and using archival collections. If you weren't able to attend the conference or maybe you were there and missed a session, we now have many of the original presentations in PDF format on our website.

Educational and Recreational

In addition to all the educational sessions, many optional events provided an opportunity for fun and to experience local Stevens Point history. On Friday night, a large crowd attended a reception hosted by the Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation. After the reception, many conference attendees enjoyed dinner and a lecture by University of Wisconsin Professor of Folklore James P. Leary on Wisconsin's Polish heritage followed by a performance by Polka Hall of Fame member Norm Dombrowski and his band, The Happy Notes. Following the conference on Saturday, several attendees explored Portage County on the Polish Sites Bus Tour that visited traditional Polish shrines, crosses and churches throughout the countryside. Another group visited a major Stevens Point landmark, Point Brewery, one of the oldest continuously operating breweries in the country.

Overwhelmingly Positive Reviews

The conference attendees gave the conference overwhelmingly positive reviews and provided valuable feedback and suggestions that we will use at next year's conference. Mark your calendars now to join us in Madison on September 28-29, 2012.

:: Posted November 7, 2011

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