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Wisconsin Council for Local History

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The Wisconsin Council for Local History is an association of over 400 local, county and specialized historical societies and private historic preservation groups that are affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society. The Council promotes the work of local historical societies in Wisconsin and advises the Society on its services to local affiliates. A complete list of affiliated organizations appears in the Local Historical Affiliate Directory.

About the Wisconsin Council for Local History

In 1899, Reuben Gold Thwaites, director of the Wisconsin Historical Society, traveled by train to Green Bay and Ripon to participate in the affiliation of Wisconsin's first two local historical societies. Since then, more than 400 additional local societies and private non-profit historic preservation groups throughout the state have organized and affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Affiliated local historical societies and the Wisconsin Historical Society have a special relationship defined in the Wisconsin Statutes. The Society offers organizational and educational assistance to local affiliates. The local affiliates, in turn, share in the mission and responsibility of preserving Wisconsin's heritage.

Local history groups become a member of the Council by becoming an affiliate of the Society. For information on becoming an affiliate of the Wisconsin Historical Society and a member of the Wisconsin Council for Local History, please see How to Become a Local History Affiliate.

Mission

The mission of the Wisconsin Council for Local History is to promote communication and cooperation among local history groups. The Council provides opportunities for historical organizations in Wisconsin to discuss mutual problems and promote wider interest in local history.

Through its Administrative Committee, the Council also advises the state Society on its local history programming and serves as a voice of local historians. 

Each year, the Council and Society organize regional meetings that offer educational programming, roundtable discussions and tours of the host organization's museum, sites, or historical features of the area. The Society and Council also partner to offer an annual mini-grant program and to plan the Local History - Historic Preservation Annual Conference, the largest gathering of its kind in the state.

Volunteer Recognition and Awards Program

The Wisconsin Council for Local History will recognize and honor local historical societies and specialty museums; their individual members; and other groups, organizations or individuals who, through their efforts in the form of time, talent or treasure, contribute to the advancement, appreciation and preservation of Wisconsin's local history heritage. 

Learn more about the program and how to nominate individuals and groups here (PDF, 153 KB).

Administrative Committee

The Administrative Committee is the Council's representative decision-making body. It is composed of a president and vice-president, a secretary, a treasurer, six members at large, one representative of the Society's Board of Curators and ten regional representatives. The director of the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Society's Field Service representatives serve as ex-officio members of the Administrative Committee. The Administrative Committee meets in the spring and at the state conference in the fall. The current Administrative Committee is listed below.

President:Travis Gross
3110 Erie Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53081
920-458-1103
travis.gross@sheboygancounty.com
Vice PresidentMame Croze McCully
910 N. Old World Third Street
Milwaukee, WI 53203
414-273-8288
mmccully@milwaukeehistory.net
TreasurerRoy Ostenso
1208 1st Avenue E.
Menomonie, WI 54751
715-235-5390 or 715-505-1110 (cell)
ostensor@sbcglobal.net
SecretaryJoe Hermolin
119 East Towne Drive
Antigo, WI 54409
715-623-5372
hermolin@wisc.edu
Past President
Alli Karrels
PO Box 334
Greenbush, WI 53026
alli.karrels@gmail.com
Directors at LargeJoe Hermolin
119 East Towne Drive
Antigo, WI 54409
715-216-3856
hermolin@wisc.edu

Katie Kirby
1798 Huron Street, PO Box 250
Three Lakes, WI 54562
715-546-2295
curator@threelakesmuseum.org

Cynthia Arbiture
N5863 Hickory Hill Drive
Sullivan, WI 53178
262-593-8099
info@musprosvc.com

Tamara Schutz
PO Box 242
Cameron, WI 54822
715-458-2080
museum1@chibardun.net

John Decker
143 W. Main Street
Evansville, WI 53536
608-882-5528 or 608-289-4158 (cell)
deckercorp@charter.net
Board of Curators Representativepending
Ex Officio Directors (without vote):Christian Øverland, Ruth and Hartley Barker Director & CEO, Wisconsin Historical Society
816 State Street
Madison, WI 53706
608-264-6440
christian.overland@wisconsinhistory.org

Janet Seymour, Interim Director of Outreach
105 Garfield Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701
715-836-2250
janet.seymour@wisconsinhistory.org
Regional Representatives
CapitalHelen Wirka
115 E. Main Street
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
608-825-0837
hwirka@cityofsunprairie.com
NorthwesternSheree Peterson
86460 Martin Road
Bayfield, WI 54814
715-779-5016
frogbay@cheqnet.net
CentralKim Krueger
PO Box 142
Marshfield, WI 54449
715-387-3322
nwchs@uphammansion.com
NorthwoodsRachel Egelseer
1545 North Lake Road
Florence, WI 54121
906-360-6010 (cell)
raegelseer1@chartermi.net
East CentralTravis Gross
3110 Erie Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53081
920-458-1103
travis.gross@sheboygancounty.com
SoutheasternBonnie Byrd
101 W. Main Street
Waukesha, WI 53186
262-521-2859
bbyrd@wchsm.org
MetropolitanMame Croze McCully
910 N. Old World Third Street
Milwaukee, WI 53203
414-273-8288
mmccully@milwaukeehistory.net
SouthwesternJim Weinzatl
321 Superior Avenue
Tomah, WI 54660
608-372-1880
tomahmuseum@charter.net
NortheasternTerry Thiessen
1707 Pilgrim Way
New Holstein, WI 53061-1246
920-948-7748
tethiessen@frontier.com
West CentralKelly Herold
407 S. Second Street
PO Box 394
Alma, WI 54610
608-685-6290
office@bchsonline.com

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Contact:

Janet Seymour
c/o University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
105 Garfield Avenue, Hibbard 728
Eau Claire, WI 54701-4004
Phone: 715-836-2250

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