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Fall Conference in Wisconsin Rapids a Big Hit


Conference attendees browse exhibit tables at the conference headquarters, the Hotel Mead and Conference Center in Wisconsin Rapids.

More than 250 people attended the October 11-12 Local History and Historic Preservation Conference in Wisconsin Rapids sponsored by the Society, the Wisconsin Council for Local History and the Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation. The conference brought together professionals and volunteers from 49 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 fundraising and community engagement to architectural styles and 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.

Highlights of Wisconsin Rapids

In addition to all of the educational sessions, the conference offered several options to get out and experience the history of Wisconsin Rapids. On Friday night many people took advantage of beautiful fall weather to tour the local historic districts by trolley and by foot. The McMillan Memorial Library also hosted a very popular "Evening of Wisconsin Film and Filmmakers" attended by locals and attendees alike. Maxine Fleckner Ducey, head archivist of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Television Research, presented several historic films shot in Wisconsin by commercial and amateur cinematographers. The South Wood County Historical Museum was open for tours throughout the conference for our guests. Several people also took the opportunity to visit Glacial Lake Cranberries to learn about one of the oldest cranberry marshes in central Wisconsin.

Attendees Received Valuable Information

The conference attendees gave the conference high ratings for the program, the quality of the presenters, and the value of the material to their professional development and their organizations. We appreciate all of the feedback and suggestions we received, which will help us plan next year's conference at the Osthoff Resort and Conference Center in Elkhart Lake on October 24-25, 2014.

:: Posted October 29, 2013

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