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Wisconsin Council for Local History

Wisconsin Council for Local History | Wisconsin Historical Society
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The Wisconsin Council for Local History is an association of over 400 local, county, and specialized history and cultural organizations 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 history and cultural organizations 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 history.

Local history or cultural 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 and cultural groups. The Council provides opportunities for history and cultural organizations in Wisconsin to discuss mutual problems and promote wider interest in local history.

Through its Administrative Committee, the Council also advises the Wisconsin Historical 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 annual Local History & Historic Preservation 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 and cultural 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 history. 

Learn more about the program and how to nominate individuals and groups below:

Administrative Committee

The Administrative Committee is the Council's representative decision-making body. It is composed of a president, vice-president, secretary, 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 Local History Outreach 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:Cynthia Arbiture
N5863 Hickory Hill Drive
Sullivan, WI 53178
262-593-8099
info@musprosvc.com
Vice PresidentSheree Peterson
86460 Martin Road
Bayfield, WI 54814
715-779-5016
frogbay@cheqnet.net
TreasurerBonnie Byrd
101 W. Main St.
Waukesha, WI 53186
262-521-2859
bbyrd@wchsm.org
SecretaryJoe Hermolin
119 East Towne Drive
Antigo, WI 54409
715-623-5372
hermolin@wisc.edu
Past President
Travis Gross
3110 Erie Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53081
920-458-1103
travis.gross@sheboygancounty.com
Directors at LargeJoe Hermolin
119 East Towne Drive
Antigo, WI 54409
715-216-3856
hermolin@wisc.edu

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

Karen Sailer
PO Box 231
Eagle River, WI 54521
715-479-4357
karenjsailer@gmail.com

Serena Stuettgen
PO Box 157
Belgium, WI 53004
262-285-5041
sstuettgen@lacs.lu

Carrie Ronnander
1204 E. Half Moon Drive
Eau Claire, WI 54703
715-834-7871
c.ronnander@cvmuseum.com
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
Director of Outreach, Wisconsin Historical Society
105 Garfield Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701
715-836-2250
janet.seymour@wisconsinhistory.org
Regional Representatives
CapitalJennifer Gurske
PO Box 296
Madison, WI 53701
608-441-8864
info@madisonpreservation.org
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
MetropolitanMia Phifer
401 W. North Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53212
414-209-3640
mphifer@abhmuseum.org
SouthwesternJim Weinzatl
321 Superior Avenue
Tomah, WI 54660
608-372-1880
tomahmuseum@charter.net
NortheasternCody W. Schreck
3060 Anderson Lane, PO Box 165
Ephraim, WI 54211-0165
920-854-9688
cschreck@ephraim.org
West CentralMarge Hebbring
7361 203rd Street
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
715-829-6253
hebbrima@gmail.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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