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Organizing and Making Connections

The Wisconsin Historical Society offers local historical societies advice and assistance in organizing. The Society and the Wisconsin Council for Local History work together to sponsor meetings and programs that create a strong network of historical organizations throughout Wisconsin. 

Organizing a Historical Society

Field Services staff meet with prospective historical societies to provide assistance with initial steps of organization, including the preparation of bylaws. Prospective local historical societies may apply to affiliate with the Wisconsin Historical Society. Those who successfully affiliate enter into a special relationship with the Society and receive a variety of educational services. For more information about the services go to help for local historians.

Wisconsin Council for Local History

The Wisconsin Council for Local History consists of the more than 360 historical organizations that are affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society. The Wisconsin Council for Local History conducts its business through a volunteer Administrative Committee.

Regional Conventions

On behalf of the Wisconsin Council for Local History, 10 historical societies host regional meetings of local historians each year. The conventions facilitate communication among affiliated historical societies. The Field Services program assists the 10 local hosts in planning the conventions and distributing information about the meetings to historical societies in each region.

Statewide Conference

The statewide annual conference of the Wisconsin Council for Local History is held in a different part of Wisconsin each fall. The meeting offers historical and technical program sessions as well as tours and special events. The Society organizes and hosts the conference on behalf of the Council.

Workshops

Each spring the field services staff teams with the Wisconsin Federation of Museums to offer workshops that help local historians learn new skills and brush up on the latest scholarship on everything from conservation practices and digitizing records to exhibit planning and research skills. Learn more about upcoming workshops.

Wisconsin Council for Local History Roster

The field services staff prepares a roster that serves as a published directory of all historical organizations that are affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society.


 

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