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Tou for Changing Lives,
Generation After Generation

It has been said that in honoring the past,          Wisconsin Vietnam veterans, the Society               National History Day finalist
we celebrate the present. Or, as 16-year-old         published Voices of the Wisconsin Past: Voices from   Kiara Huemer and her mother Erin
Kiara Huemer puts it, “[The past] is a living,       Vietnam, a book that shares a different perspective
breathing story about the world around me.”          on the war through letters sent home by soldiers      Society Press Editorial Director
When speaking about her National History Day         during the conflict. He and many other local          Kathy Borkowski and Vietnam veteran
journey from the classroom through local and         veterans generously donated their personal letters    Don Thies
regional competitions, all the way to nationals,     for the book. As Don said in a recent interview,
Kiara shared, “When I started my research, I not     “People need to realize what a national treasure        S ave the Date
only learned about Wisconsin 100 years ago, but      the Wisconsin Historical Society is for families to
also about how it affects Wisconsin today — the      connect to their loved ones from the past.” Don’s       An Old World T oast
world I live in.”                                    words of support are a reminder that indeed, we         to Wisconsin Beer
Honoring Our Wisconsin Roots                         have something very special here in Wisconsin.          and Brewing H istory
We at the Wisconsin Historical Society and the       Your Support is the Driving Force Behind
Wisconsin Historical Foundation would like           Everything We Do                                         Member Event
to thank everyone who generously supports            Because of your support, our history touches             Saturday, September 7
the work we do to collect, preserve and share        many generations. This rich heritage can be              5 – 7:30 p.m.
Wisconsin’s amazing history for generations to       found at any of our historic sites and museums:          Old World Wisconsin
come. Thanks to your generosity, we have been        agriculture, industry, commerce and technology;
able to honor our Wisconsin roots and share          costumes, textiles and personal items from               More details coming soon
our rich history with a new generation, and will     domestic life; and political and military                via email.
continue to do so.                                   memorabilia. Much more is available online,              For more information, call
                                                     helping to connect us to our rich Wisconsin past.        (888) 748-7479.
   With your help, we maintain in our collections    Our library and archives tell stories of struggle,       Sign up to receive member
more than 400,000 archaeological artifacts,          of achievement, of family histories, and of an           emails and the Society’s
100,000 historic objects, and 90,000-plus Civil      incredible place we call Wisconsin.                      weekly e-newsletter at
War service records. And even if you can’t make                                                     
it to one of our many historic sites and museums,       With sincere gratitude,
you can still see Wisconsin’s unique history on our
website, where we have amassed nearly 100,000           Laura Beam
historic treasures that can be viewed anywhere at       Membership Manager
any time.
It’s Not Just About Growing Collections,
But Connecting People
In 1996, with help from Don Thies and other

5,000 Records ReR
New ‘Preview’ Website

Thanks to y our generous support, the                •	 Curators’ Favorites essays
Society has added more than 5,000 records to         •	 Expanded family history pages since March. This       •	 1964 Freedom Summer Project compilation
is a significant addition toward completing the      •	 Burial Sites Preservation information
new website.
                                                        Please continue to visit the new website in real-
   Some of the new collections and information       time development at preview.wisconsinhistory.
you can now view include:                            org. See what’s new, learn more about the site,
                                                     and provide us with your feedback. •

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