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Encyclopedia > Wisconsin Historical Society
Wisconsin Historical Society Headquarters, Madison, Wisconsin.The Wisconsin Historical Society Building was the result of an alliance forged by Reuben Gold Thwaites, the Society's second director from 1887 until the time of his death in 1913, and Charles Kendall Adams, president of the University of Wisconsin from 1892 to 1902. University students were by far the greatest users of the Society's library and they would benefit most if the Society's 170,000 volumes were located on campus. Together the Society and University lobbied the legislature for a building appropriation. On April 19, 1895, after a few failed attempts, the legislature authorized funds "for the accommodation of the said state historical society and such other libraries and collections as may be placed in the custody of said historical society." [1]

The Wisconsin Historical Society is simultaneously a private membership and a state-funded organization whose purpose is to maintain, promote and spread knowledge relating to the history of North America, specifically the U.S. state of Wisconsin. Founded in 1846 and chartered in 1853, it is the oldest historical society in the United States to receive continuous public funding.[1] The society's headquarters are located in Madison, Wisconsin, on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... History studies the past in human terms. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... Official language(s) None Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Area  Ranked 23rd  - Total 65,498 sq mi (169,790 km²)  - Width 260 miles (420 km)  - Length 310 miles (500 km)  - % water 17  - Latitude 42°30N to 47°3N  - Longitude 86°49W to 92°54W Population  Ranked... 1846 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... 1853 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Nickname: Location of Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin Coordinates: Municipality City Incorporated 1848 Government  - Mayor Dave Cieslewicz Area  - City 219. ... The University of Wisconsin–Madison (also known as UW–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin, or UW) is a highly selective public research university located in Madison, Wisconsin. ...

In fulfilling its mission to educate the public on areas relating to Wisconsin history, the Wisconsin Historical Society coordinates many programs to preserve objects and information of historical interst while keeping them available to the public. The society's library and archives, which together serve as the library of American history for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, contain nearly four million items, making the society's collection the largest in the world dedicated exclusively to North American history.[2] In addition to this library, the society runs the Wisconsin Historical Museum in downtown Madision. The society also operates a publishing house, the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, which publishes a variety of books on Wisconsin and American history in addition to printing a quarterly magazine, the Wisconsin Magazine of History. In more recent times, the society complemented its printed materials with a website boasting numerous features which include a large, searchable collection of historical images and a vast digital archive containing thousands of scanned documents relating to Wisconsin history. The Wisconsin Historical Society Press, operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society, is Wisconsins oldest book publisher and has more than 100 titles in print. ...

Historic Sites

In addition to all its other pursuits, the Wisconsin Historical Society owns nine historic sites which can be toured by the public. These sites are located in cities across the state.

Historic Site Location
Circus World Museum Baraboo, Wisconsin
First Capitol Belmont, Wisconsin
H. H. Bennett Studio Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Madeline Island Museum La Pointe, Wisconsin
Old World Wisconsin Eagle, Wisconsin
Pendarvis Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Stonefield Cassville, Wisconsin
Villa Louis Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
Wade House Greenbush, Wisconsin

The Circus World Museum is a museum devoted to circus-related history. ... Baraboo is a city in Sauk County, Wisconsin, along the Baraboo River. ... First Capitol Historic Site is a free admission historic museum located outside Belmont, Wisconsin. ... Belmont is a village located in Lafayette County, Wisconsin. ... The H. H. Bennett Studio is a historic photographic studio located in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. ... Location of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin Lower Dells Intersection between Downtown & The Strip Wisconsin Dells is a city located in south-central Wisconsin, in the United States. ... Madeline Island Historical Museum is a museum operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society in the Town of La Pointe, Wisconsin. ... La Pointe is a town located in Ashland County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. ... Old World Wisconsin, Americas largest outdoor museum of rural life, is located in Wisconsin, 35 miles (56 km) south west of Milwaukee, in the Kettle Moraine State Forest, near the village of Eagle. ... Eagle is a village in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. ... Pendarvis is an historic site located in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. ... Mineral Point is a city located in Iowa County, Wisconsin. ... This is a list of the major and minor Locations ordered by region (after the events of Third Great War) in the Warcraft universe — a fictional universe in which a series of video games and books are set. ... Cassville is a village located in Grant County, Wisconsin. ... The Villa Louis is a National Historic Landmark located on St. ... Sign seen in Prairie du Chien, WI on entering from Iowa. ... The Wade House The Wade House, located in Greenbush, Wisconsin, was a stagecoach inn that provided lodging and meals to travelers in 19th Century Wisconsin. ... Greenbush is a town located in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. ...


  1. ^ About page at the Wisconsin Historical Society website.
  2. ^ "Wisconsin Historical Society" at www.madison.com.

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