Historic Preservation - Local History Annual Conference | Wisconsin Historical Society

General Information

Local History - Historic Preservation Annual Conference

Annual Conference

The 2015 Local History and Historic Preservation Conference will be held October 9-10 in Middleton, Wisconsin at the Madison Marriott West/Middleton Conference Center. We have another exciting line-up of featured speakers, special tours, and educational opportunities to offer this year.

The conference's educational program features nine program tracks with 24 one-hour long sessions and 16 two-hour+ workshops. There will be several planned opportunities to network with colleagues, discuss common issues, and share successes including the Town Square sponsored by the Wisconsin Council for Local History.

Featured Speakers

Secretary Stephanie Klett of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism will provide insights on the importance of heritage tourism to Wisconsin's economy and inspire us to create new opportunities through partnerships and collaborations.

Ron McCrea, author of Building Taliesin: Frank Lloyd Wright's Home of Love and Loss, will share the intriguing story of the secrecy and deception that surrounded the building of Frank Lloyd Wright's famous homestead, Taliesin.

Special Tours

Special tours will focus on the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin as well as historic sites in the Middleton area.

Highlights Tour of Taliesin: It’s just a 45 minute drive to Spring Green for a tour of the National Historic Landmark where you’ll experience the fascinating history and design of Wright’s famous home and studio.

First Unitarian Society Meeting House: Take a shuttle bus to Wright’s First Unitarian Society Meeting House for a two hour tour of this National Historic Landmark located in Shorewood Hills.

Pope Farm Park: Discover how Wisconsin Historical Society archaeologists use this educational and historical conservancy in Middleton to teach the public about Wisconsin’s long agricultural history.

Rowley House Museum and Depot Museum: Visit two preserved examples of Middleton’s past where you can learn about the city’s history and also enjoy exhibits featuring Depression-era glass and World War II.

Registration Rates

We are excited to announce a new registration discount for 2015. Members of the Wisconsin Historical Society receive 10% off Early Bird and Regular Registration Rates. To receive the member discount, you will need to provide your Wisconsin Historical Society Membership number on your registration form.  If you are interested in joining the Wisconsin Historical Society, you will find information about membership benefits and levels on our website.


Friday and Saturday $110              $100 with 10% Member Discount

Friday Only $65                               $58 with 10% Member Discount

Saturday Only $60                          $54 with 10% Member Discount


Friday and Saturday $130              $117 with 10% Member Discount

Friday only $70                               $63 with 10% Member Discount

Saturday only $65                           $58 with 10% Member Discount





Student rates require a copy of valid student ID included with the mailed registration form.

Download Conference Information

Full Conference Brochure (PDF, 2.8 MB)

Conference Schedule at a glance (PDF, 26 KB)

Conference Registration Form (PDF, 200 KB)

Just print the registration form and follow the instructions to mail your registration and payment.

Thank You to the 2015 Conference Sponsors

Gorman and Company IncWisconsin Trust for Historic PreservationCity of Middleton Tourism logo
Wisconsin Council for Local HistoryWisconsin Association of Historic Preservation CommissionsWisconsin Historical Foundation


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Contact the Northern Representative:

Janet Seymour
c/o University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire,
Hibbard 733
105 Garfield Avenue, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701-4004
Phone: 715-836-2250

Contact the Southern Representative:

Richard Bernstein
Wisconsin Historical Society, 816 State Street,
Room 455
Madison, WI 53706-1482
Phone: 608-264-6583



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