Wisconsin Historical Society

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About the Wisconsin Historical Society Board of Curators

About the Wisconsin Historical Society Board of Curators | Wisconsin Historical Society

The Wisconsin Historical Society is both a state agency and a membership organization. The Society's Board of Curators includes eight statutory appointments and up to 30 curators who are selected according to the Society's constitution and bylaws. The three curators appointed by the governor with Senate consent serve staggered three-year terms. The board selects the Society's director, who serves as administrative head of the Society and as secretary to the board.

Board of Curators Members
Brian Rude
Coon ValleyVice President, External and Member Relations, Dairyland Power Cooperative
Greg Huber
WausauJudge, Marathon County Circuit Court
Ellsworth H. Brown
MadisonThe Ruth and Hartley Barker Director, Wisconsin Historical Society
Walter Rugland
AppletonRetired Executive Vice President, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Past President
Conrad Goodkind
Whitefish BayAttorney, Quarles & Brady
Ex-Officio Board Member
VacantDesignee of President of UW System
Ex-Officio Board Member
John Decker
EvansvillePresident, Wisconsin Council for Local History
Ex-Officio Board Member
Catherine Orton
Mauston Chair, Wisconsin Historical Foundation
Ex-Officio Board Member
Phillip Schauer
JanesvillePresident, FRIENDS of the Wisconsin Historical Society
Dave AndersonWausauAssistant Deputy Secretary, Department of Workforce Development (Governor Designee)
Angela BartellMiddletonRetired Judge, Dane County
Ramona GonzalezLa CrosseCircuit Court Judge, La Crosse County
Norbert Hill Jr. 
OneidaDirector of Education and Training, Oneida Nation
Rep. Cody HorlacherMukwonagoWisconsin State Legislator
Joanne HuelsmanWaukeshaRetired Attorney and Wisconsin State Legislator
George JacobsMadisonAttorney (Governor Appointee)
Carol McChesney JohnsonBlack EarthConsultant
Rep. Frederick KesslerMilwaukeeWisconsin State Legislator
James KlauserPewaukeeAttorney
Thomas MaxwellMarinettePresident, Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust
Susan McLeodEau ClaireFormer Director, Chippewa Valley Museum
Lowell PetersonAppletonRetired Cardiologist
Jerry PhillipsBayfieldOwner, Rittenhouse Inn
Sen. Fred A. RisserMadisonWisconsin State Legislator
Michael SchmudlachBrooklynOwner, Mike Schmudlach Builders
Donald SchottMadisonAttorney
Sam ScintaOnalaskaPublisher, IM Education, Inc.
Thomas Shriner Jr.ShorewoodAttorney
Robert SmithMilwaukeeAssociate Professor, Marquette University Department of History
John ThompsonMadisonFounder, Thompson Investment Management, Inc.
Dr. Chia Youyee VangGlendaleProfessor, UW Milwaukee Department of History
Sen. Van WanggaardRacineWisconsin State Legislator
Keene WintersWausauInvestment Advisor, Great Lakes Financial Management Group (Governor Appointee)
Aharon ZoreaRichland CenterProfessor of History, University of Wisconsin-Richland Center

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If you would like to reach a board member, please contact Julie Schultz at 608-264-6440 or by email below: