The Wisconsin Historical Society: Collecting, Preserving, and Sharing Stories Since 1846

By John Zimm

Hardcover: $25.00

ISBN: 978-0-87020-691-7

152 pages, 80 color and b&w photos, 2 maps, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2


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On an autumn day in 1845, a conversation between two pioneers sparked an idea that has grown into one of Wisconsin's most cherished institutions--the Wisconsin Historical Society, older by two years than the state itself. Explore the storied history of this grand Wisconsin treasure--from the Society's earliest days, as pioneers worked to record history even as it was happening; to the Society's struggles to weather the Great Depression and World War II; and its landmark efforts to record the most important social and political movements of our times.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has grown from a small gathering of pioneers into a nationally renowned organization that serves 3 million people each year. Yet the basic mission of the Society has remained largely unchanged: to collect, preserve, and share the stories of Wisconsin, from every walk of life, in every corner of the state. The story behind the Society's creation is a uniquely Wisconsin story--one that belongs to all who call Wisconsin home.

John Zimm is a historian and author based in southern Wisconsin. Zimm is the editor of "Blue Men and River Monsters: Folklore of the North" and of "This Wicked Rebellion: Wisconsin Civil War Soldiers Write Home." He has written many articles for the Wisconsin Magazine of History. He works as an editor at the Wisconsin Historical Society Press and lives in Waunakee, Wisconsin.