Mark your calendars for
October 11-12, 2013
Don't miss the next Local History and Historic Preservation Conference.
Oct 11-12, 2013
451 E Grand Ave
Wisconsin Rapids, WI
2012 Annual Conference a Success!
The two-day 2012 Local History and Historic Preservation Conference in Madison drew over 300 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 2012 Local History and Historic Preservation Conference presentations
About the Conference
In 2012, 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. Topics included:
- Creating a dynamic website
- Online genealogical research
- Saving and preserving outdoor art environments
- Photography preservation
- Successful fundraising
- Preservation and sustainability
- Collections and archives basics
Neal Vogel gave two presentations: one on the technical and business concerns of historic commercial art glass, window and door restoration and another on the fundamentals, pitfalls, and resources for repairing, refurbishing, and restoring historic wood and steel windows and doors for historic homes.
Lisa Stone introduced the historical backdrop of two Catholic devotional grottos and their introduction of embellished concrete as an artistic medium. This was followed by a visual tour through seven highly original art environments created within this regional tradition.
Bob Mack gave two presentations: one on historic masonry materials, how they were used and typical problems with the materials and another on the important role historic preservation can play in the three pillars of sustainability ó social, economic and environmental.
Jim Draeger shared highlights from his new book, which explores the rise of taverns and breweries, the effects of the temperance movement and Prohibition, and attitudes about gender, ethnicity, and morality. He also illustrated how Wisconsin came to dominate brewing and the place that bars and beer hold in our social and cultural history.
Interested in seeing presentations from past conferences and regional meetings?
They are available to view online, print or download.