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Save the Date for the Annual Fall Conference

State Street in Madison with the current Wisconsin state Capitol dome under construction in 1913
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The Society's 2012 Local History and Historic Preservation Conference will be in Madison on September 28-29. This is the sixth annual conference in which the Society brings together professionals and volunteers to discuss their work in preserving and sharing our history. This year's conference will offer 22 sessions covering diverse subjects such as: preserving historic windows and doors; adaptive reuse of common buildings; insuring small museums and historic sites; and social media for small nonprofits. We will also offer 14 workshops for in-depth exploration of topics including: genealogy; archival collections; preserving photographs; and saving and preserving vernacular art environments. This is just a sample of the wide range of subjects that experts in the fields of historic preservation and local history will present.

Unique Behind-the-Scenes Opportunities

We are very pleased to offer two unique opportunities to explore two of Madison's finest historic buildings — the state Capitol and the Wisconsin Historical Society. Participants will be able to register for an exclusive Friday night behind-the-scenes tour of the Capitol. There will also be a rare event at the Society for all conference attendees to tour the labs and facilities where we preserve and archive our collections and view some of the Society's most important artifacts. The special tours continue on Saturday with a guided tour of Aztalan by archaeologist Bob Birmingham, author of Aztalan: Mysteries of an Ancient Indian Town, as well as tours of local historic districts by the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation.

Watch for More Information

We will post more conference details on our website as they become available. If you missed a previous conference, you can still view many of the archived presentations. We hope you'll make plans to join us in Madison on September 28-29.

:: Posted April 2, 2012

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