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Wisconsin Historical Society Board of Curators

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.

Conrad Goodkind, Whitefish Bay
Partner, Quarles & Brady
Brian Rude, Coon Valley
Vice President, External and Member Relations, Dairyland Power Cooperative
William O'Connor , Madison
Attorney, Wheeler, Van Sickle & Anderson, SC
Ellsworth H. Brown, Madison
The Ruth and Hartley Barker Director, Wisconsin Historical Society
Ex-Officio Board Members
Lane Earns, Oshkosh
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Staff, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Terry Thiessen , New Holstein
President, Wisconsin Council for Local History
Christopher Berry, Middleton
Retired Partner, Foley & Lardner, LLP
Laura Cramer, Mukwonago
President, FRIENDS of the Wisconsin Historical Society
Board Members
Dave Anderson, Wausau
District Director, 7th Congressional District of Wisconsin
Jon Angeli, Lancaster
Retired Director, Grant County Department of Social Services
Angela Bartell, Middleton
Retired Judge, Dane County
Sid Bremer, Green Bay
Dean Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Marinette
Laurie DeWitt Davidson, Marinette
Retired Director of Human Resources, Engstrom Helicopter Corporation
Norbert Hill Jr., Oneida
Director of Education and Training, Oneida Nation
John O. Holzhueter, Mazomanie
Retired Staff Member, Wisconsin Historical Society
Greg Huber, Wausau
Judge, Marathon County Circuit Court
Joanne Huelsman, Waukesha
Retired Attorney and Wisconsin State Legislator
Carol McChesney Johnson, Black Earth
President, Taliesin Preservation Inc.
Will Jones, Madison
Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Rep. Frederick Kessler, Milwaukee
Wisconsin State Legislator
Rep. Steve Kestell, Elkhart Lake
Wisconsin State Legislator
Ellen Langill Waukesha
Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Chloris Lowe Jr. New Lisbon
Owner, Lowe Consulting
Lowell Peterson, Appleton
Retired Cardiologist
Jerry Phillips, Bayfield
Owner, Old Rittenhouse Inn
Sen. Fred A. Risser, Madison
Wisconsin State Legislator
Walter Rugland, Appleton
Retired Executive Vice President, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Michael Schmudlach, Brooklyn
Owner, Mike Schmudlach Builder
Sen. Dale Schultz, Richland Center
Wisconsin State Legislator
Sam Scinta, Onalaska
Publisher, Fulcrum Publishing
Thomas Shriner Jr., Shorewood
Partner, Foley & Lardner, LLP
John Thompson, Madison
Founder, Thompson Investment Management, Inc.
R. William Van Sant, Bayfield
Operating Partner, Stone Arch Capital, LLC
Aharon Zorea, Richland Center
Assistant Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Richland

If you would like to reach a board member,
contact Erica Gehrig by email.

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