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Help for Local Historians

Through the Society's two field services locations, local historical organizations receive a variety of educational services and programs.

Services for Local Historical Societies

The Wisconsin Historical Society offers a wide variety of services to local historical societies, including consulting services. Experienced Society staff can provide advice on a subjects ranging from care of museum objects to preservation of historic buildings.

Instructional Materials

Many local historical societies have successful traveling trunk programs. Maureen Betz has prepared a useful step-by-step guide (PDF, 340KB) on how local historical societies can create and implement such a program.

Many local historical societies operate historic sites that include buildings which cannot be heated in the winter because they have unfinished interiors. Log cabins, blacksmith shops and summer kitchens represent examples of such buildings found at museum complexes. Among the types of assistance rendered by field services staff is a guide to seasonal closing procedures for historic sites. (PDF, 3.9MB)

The New Glarus Historical Society preserves a number of unheated buildings with unfinished interiors at its Swiss Historical Village. As part of the care of the historical collections in these buildings, the New Glarus Historical Society has developed a manual of seasonal closing procedures. Sample pages from the manual can serve as a guide for other historical societies that want to develop seasonal closing procedures.

Local History Workshops

Local History workshops are offered at locations throughout the state in collaboration with the Wisconsin Federation of Museums.


Each spring affiliates can apply for up to $700 in grants for projects and activities that support collections care and management.

Conservation Resources

The following list provides resources you can use to help you preserve and conserve objects in your collections.


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