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Join Us in Wisconsin Rapids October 11-12


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

Hundreds of local historians and preservationists gather every fall to learn and share at the Society's annual Local History and Historic Preservation Conference. This year the conference will convene in Wisconsin Rapids at the Hotel Mead on Friday and Saturday, October 11-12. The 2013 program is now available, and it's time to take advantage of early bird registration rates and discounted hotel rooms.

Register Now and Save

Your registration includes refreshments, lunch and admission to 24 open sessions. But don't hesitate because our 12 popular workshops and special tours of Wisconsin Rapids have limited capacity and will fill up quickly. You'll also want to take advantage of the limited number of discounted hotel rooms available at the Hotel Mead.

All the Information You Need

The conference is designed to address the needs identified by our local partners. This year's sessions and workshops, led by experts in the field, will provide insight into a variety of historic preservation and local history issues including:

  • Fundraising and grant opportunities
  • How to research a historic building, plan a rehabilitation, and restore the interior
  • Communicating with and connecting to the public, including sharing digital collections online
  • Understanding modern architecture and in-depth information on wood and brick building materials
  • A focus on archival collections such as oversize paper objects, motion picture film and photographs

There will also be several opportunities to network at the Town Square, sponsored by the Wisconsin Council for Local History, where local groups will display information about their organizations and programs. During Saturday morning's Coffee and Conversation, you can meet with experts on many topics to seek their advice over a hearty breakfast.

Special Events Highlight the History of Wisconsin Rapids

The Wisconsin Rapids community will also provide many opportunities for exploring regional and state history. On Friday night conference attendees can take advantage of walking and bus tours of the city, then top off the night with the free Wisconsin Movie Night featuring a special showing of films from the Society's collections highlighting Wisconsin film and filmmakers. On Saturday afternoon there will be a guided tour of Glacial Lake Cranberries. Throughout the conference, the South Wood County Historical Museum will be open for tours.

Get All the Details and Register Right Away

You can find detailed descriptions of all conference sessions and events on our website, where you can also download the conference brochure (PDF 929 KB) as well as a printable registration form. (PDF 55 KB). We look forward to seeing you in Wisconsin Rapids.

:: Posted July 15, 2013

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