Wisconsin Historical Society

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How to Become a Local History Affiliate

Become a Local History Affiliate of the Wisconsin Historical Society | Wisconsin Historical Society

The Wisconsin Historical Society assists all new historical societies and organizations that become affiliates with the organizational steps of preparing bylaws, incorporating and applying for tax-exempt status. This assistance is provided by the Society's Local History-Field Services offices in Madison and Eau Claire to all new historical societies that receive approval for affiliation by vote of the Board of Curators of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

The Society encourages all non-profit community organizations concerned with the local history, including publicly funded museums, to consider formal affiliation. Affiliation enables organizations to receive the following benefits:

To be eligible for affiliation, an organization must satisfy the following criteria:

  • The organization must be a non-profit community organization or publicly funded museum primarily concerned with the past.
  • The organization must be legally located in Wisconsin.
  • Membership in the organization and programs must be open to any interested person for payment of reasonable dues.
  • The organization's board of directors or organizational leaders must vote to apply for affiliation, and the Wisconsin Historical Society's Board of Curators must approve the affiliation.

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Wisconsin Field Services Regions

Contact the Northern Representative:

Janet Seymour
c/o University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
105 Garfield Avenue, Hibbard 728
Eau Claire, WI 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