About the Division of Historic Preservation-Public History | Wisconsin Historical Society

Organizational Description

About the Division of Historic Preservation

The Division of Historic Preservation-Public History helps people preserve places of enduring value and presents a fresh perspective on history through publications, programs and services.

Historic Preservation

The Society is the federally-designated state historic preservation office. In partnership with communities, organizations and individuals, the Division works to identify, interpret and preserve historic places for the benefit of present and future generations. 

The division administers the state’s burial sites preservation program.

The division administers the Wisconsin portion of the National Register of Historic Places in partnership with the National Park Service and manages the State Register of Historic Places. 

The division provides educational resources and assistance in historic preservation to property owners, local organizations and governments.

The division maintains state records on archaeological sites, protects sites on public lands, administers property tax exemptions and provides access to research and public education about Wisconsin’s archaeological resources.

The division reviews federal, state and local projects for their effect on historic and archaeological properties.

The division certifies historic building rehabilitation projects for state and federal income tax credits.

The division maintains historic building, archaeological and burial site inventories.

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