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Save the Date: October 11-12


The 2013 Local History and Historic Preservation Conference will be held in Wisconsin Rapids October 11-12

Mark your calendars for the 2013 Local History and Historic Preservation Conference in Wisconsin Rapids October 11-12, 2013. The Society, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Council for Local History, are planning a conference with outstanding speakers on topics that are important to the many volunteers and professionals who support local historical societies and historic preservation groups.

Information You Need

This year's conference is packed with new topics as well as some of our traditional subjects that allow us to provide training to new participants. We will have 24 sessions and 12 workshops that will teach participants how to care for historic collections and buildings, educate the community and strengthen local organization. Some of this year's topics include:

  • Preservation issues unique to brick buildings and wood buildings
  • Caring for many types of collections including motion picture film, photographs and paper
  • Appreciating and preserving mid-20th-century architecture on Main Street and local neighborhoods
  • Maintaining a thriving organization through fundraising, offering public services and engaging your community

Opportunities for Fun

As always, we have scheduled many special events associated with the conference and the history of Wisconsin Rapids to help attendees get to know one another and discover the area. On Friday night you can register for a bus tour of historic Wisconsin Rapids or opt for a free self-guided walking tour of the local historic districts. A special treat this year is "Wisconsin Movie Night" at the McMillan Memorial Library where the Society's Maxine Ducey will present vintage film selections from the Society's film archives. On Saturday afternoon you can reserve your spot for a guided tour of the Glacial Lake Cranberries marsh. The South Wood County Historical Museum will also be keeping special hours throughout the conference for attendees to explore their exhibits for free.

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 Wisconsin Rapids on October 11-12.

:: Posted June 6, 2013

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