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Society Launches Preview of New Website


A screen shot of the Wisconsin Historical Society's new Preview website

We at the Wisconsin Historical Society are excited to announce the preview launch of our new website. This Preview, or "beta" website, gives you a glimpse into our progress. It does not yet include all the content on our current website, however there is much available for you to see and experience. The Preview site will eventually replace our current website, www.wisconsinhistory.org. Both websites will be fully accessible until the last phase is completed.

Our new website is part of the Society's Forward! Campaign initiative to embrace new technology so that people can easily access, use and share their history in their everyday lives.

We Invite You to Take a Peek

We invite you to explore preview.wisconsinhistory.org. Feel free to browse around, click different areas on the pages, and search for specific items. We also invite you to provide us with your input by clicking the "feedback and support" tab located on the left side of every page. Your feedback will help us determine what tweaks we need to make to ensure our new site meets everyone's needs.

Keep in mind that the Preview website is in constant development and the content changes daily. If you can't find something, it is likely that it has not yet been migrated to the Preview site.

A Completely New Website

The Preview website looks and feels very different from our current one. For example, content is written and organized in a new way, and the brand new technology used to search and display pages provide new ways to navigate through the site.

The Preview website is organized into easily browsed categories based on the most common reasons why people visit our website. And our new search engine allows access to millions of records at once. Your search results may include related images, maps, essays, books, newspaper clippings, biographies and more.

Things You Can Search and Browse Now

  • Research Your Family History — All 3 million pre-1907 vital records, newspaper clippings and civil war records are ready to be discovered.
  • Explore Our Collections — More than 15 of our major collections are accessible as well as six major online indexes and databases.
  • Teach and Learn Wisconsin History — Essays on Wisconsin events, people, places and things plus National History Day, teacher materials, field trips and more.
  • Visit Fun Historic Sites and Museums — All of our historic sites and museums are represented. Plus click links to see a list of all upcoming events for historic sites and a list of all upcoming events for the Wisconsin Historical Museum.
  • Preserve Your Homes and Properties — All National Register of Historic Places listings are searchable as well as the entire Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory. Also available are special training for historic preservation commissions, historic preservation glossary and feature stories about rehabilitated structures.

Right now, there are:

  • 3,080,000 searchable historical records and web pages on our new website
  • 2.7 million Wisconsin vital records, obituaries and biographical excerpts
  • 76,777 images from the Visual Materials collections
  • 136,000 historic property records with photographs
  • 2,370 National Register and State Register property listings
  • 15,618 newspaper articles
  • 1,145 web pages consisting of historical essays, lesson plans, resource description and much more

You Can Help Complete the New wisconsinhistory.org

Thanks to the generous support we received from contributors to the Forward! Campaign, we have made a great deal of progress toward the full launch of the new wisconsinhistory.org.

Your generous support will bring us closer to completing the new wisconsinhistory.org, an indispensable resource that will serve millions of people each year. Donate now.

:: Posted March 21, 2013

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