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2013 Local History and Historic Preservation Conference.

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October 24-25, 2014

Don't miss the next Local History and Historic Preservation Conference.




Oct 24-25, 2014

Elkhart Lake

Osthoff Resort
and Conference Center

101 Osthoff Avenue
Elkhart Lake, WI

2013 Annual Conference a Success!

The two-day 2013 Local History and Historic Preservation Conference in Wisconsin Rapids drew more than 250 attendees. Participants attended various presentations and workshops and spent ample time networking. But more importantly, they gained valuable information and tools to inspire a meaningful connection to local history and historic preservation.

View the 2013 Local History and Historic Preservation Conference presentations

About the Conference

In 2013, many information-packed programs highlighted some of the best and brightest presenters in the field. Over 35 educational sessions and workshops showed participants offered timely information on almost every subject facing local historical societies and historic preservation groups. New topics and traditional favorites helped local volunteers and professionals continue the good work they do to preserve and share Wisconsin's history. Topics included:

  • Preservation of wood and brick in historic buildings
  • How to research the history of buildings
  • Caring for collections including oversize paper objects, photographs, and motion picture film
  • Information and training for PastPerfect 5
  • Building online collections and sharing them on the web
  • Working in your community to promote historic preservation

Featured Speakers

Leading experts on local history and historic preservation presented in-depth sessions.

Bobbie Malone is an author, musician and historian retired from the Society's Office of School Services. She is currently working on a biography of Lois Lenski, a popular children's writer of the 1930s and 1940s. Bill Malone is also a historian, musician, emeritus Professor of History from Tulane University, author of several books about the history of country music and hosts a Madison radio show, "Back to the Country." The Malones presented a series of songs and commentary that demonstrated how music was influenced by early 20th century events.

Maxine Fleckner Ducey has been the head archivist at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research for over thirty years. She holds a bachelor's degree in Dramatic Literature, Theatre History and the Cinema from New York University, and a master's degree in Communication Arts, emphasis on the History of Film and Photography, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She hosted “Wisconsin Movie Night” and a workshop on preserving archival film collections.

Anthony Rubano, a Project Designer at the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and part-time faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has consulted across the country on historic preservation and downtown design. He has worked throughout Illinois with the Main Street program on projects and his work, along with that of his four colleagues, has garnered awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The National Council of State Historic Preservation Officers, and the Illinois Council of the American Institute of Architects.

Lee Somerville is a landscape historian, Master Gardener, and the author of "Vintage Wisconsin Gardens: A History of Home Gardening." She has a master's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was Saturday's keynote speaker and hosted a vintage garden workshop with Betty Adelman.


Thank you to the Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation and the Wisconsin Council for Local History for their financial support of the 2013 Annual Local History and Historic Preservation Conference.


Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation logo. Wisconsin Council for Local History logo.

Previous Conferences

Interested in seeing presentations from past conferences and regional meetings?
They are available to view online, print or download.

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