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Guest Column

                                        As My Presidential Term

                                        at the Wisconsin Historical Society ended in June, I am privileged to
                                        look back on the years I’ve been able to serve on the Board of Curators
                                        and to witness the Society’s many achievements.

Ellen Langill, who just completed a     The Society and the pr ivate Wisconsin                 nationally. For example, our North American
three-year term as the Society’s Board  Historical Foundation work in harmony for our          history collection is second only to the Library of
of Curators president, and who has      mission of collecting, preserving and sharing the      Congress. The Wisconsin Historical Society truly
served with distinction as a member     stories of our state. This mission was strengthened    puts Wisconsin on the map!
of the Board of Curators since 1999,    through the recent and very successful Forward!
wrote this guest column about her       Campaign, which exceeded its $77 million goal.            A new State Archives Preservation Facility
tenure as president. Society Director   This campaign allowed the Society to improve           will relieve space needs at headquarters, necessary
Ellsworth Brown’s column will return    our library and archives and our headquarters          since the Society is the permanent repository for
to this space in the autumn issue of    building in Madison as well as build a new             all state government records of historical value.
Columns.N                               website. We are grateful to all who supported this     And our collections are steadily being digitized to
                                        campaign — donors, legislators and Campaign            be accessible to researchers everywhere.
  Columns                               Chair Craig Culver.
                                                                                                    We also recall the very moving ceremony,
   Bob Granflaten, Editor                  Under our director, Dr. Ellsworth Brown,            christened “LZ Lambeau” at Lambeau Field in
   Composure Graphics, Designer         and our skilled professional staff, the Society        Green Bay, honoring Wisconsin’s Vietnam War
                                        has brought many improvements to our historic          veterans. In addition, the success of our published
   Published quarterly by the           sites. This June saw the grand opening of the          books and the more than 10,000 middle-
   Wisconsin Historical Society and     new Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage         and high-school students who participated in
   distributed to members as part       Museum at Wade House in Greenbush. Old                 National History Day this academic year have
   of their dues. Full membership       World Wisconsin survived a devastating tornado         also been hallmarks of the Society’s ongoing
   levels begin at $45 for individuals  and now has a new plan for growth. Moreover, we        achievements.
   and $65 for institutions (rates      now have added two historic sites: Reed School
   subject to change). To join or       in Neillsville in 2007 and Black Point Estate in          Finally, I want to add my very sincere thanks
   for more information about           Lake Geneva in 2013.                                   to the members of the Board of Curators and
   membership, visit our website at                                                            the Foundation Board of Directors for their
   wisconsinhistory.org/membership         Our model of a public-private partnership is        dedication. I also offer my appreciation to you,
   or contact the Membership            strong as we endorse future goals including the        our members and donors. Our combined efforts
   Office at 888-748-7479, email        initial preparation for a new history museum on        will continue to keep the Society the premier
   membership@wisconsinhistory.         Madison’s Capitol Square. Founded in 1846, the         historical society in the nation.
   org, or write to the Membership      Society is two years older than the state itself, and
   Office at the address below.         is ranked among the top state historical societies
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   Street, Madison, WI 53706.           provided that the signatures are gathered between January 31 and March 2 of each year and submitted to the
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