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      About Us

      Your purchase helps the Wisconsin Historical Society bring exciting learning experiences to everyone!

      Since its creation in 1846, the Society has been our state’s memory and premier storyteller. Because we are among the nation’s oldest, largest, and most active state historical societies, with world-class collections, the Society is a trusted source of historical information. We are proud to serve a critical role as the preservers and transmitters of cultural heritage from generation to generation.

      The Society provides a powerful connection to the past and encourages everyone to learn from those who have gone before us. We make major contributions to Wisconsin’s economic, educational, and cultural health through innovative initiatives and programs. Our staff, collections, and services are shared in ways that captivate and respect our diverse audiences. The dedicated public servants of the Wisconsin Historical Society are wholly committed to the mission to collect, preserve, and share the history and heritage that bind us together.

      Wisconsin Historical Society at a Glance

      Historic Sites & Museums

      Over 290,000 visitors and 54,000 K-12 students visit the Wisconsin Historical Society’s 12 historic sites and museums across the state each year.

      Library, Archives & Museum Collection

      Over 175,000 patrons are served annually by the Library & Archives

      Wisconsin Historical Society Press

      Over 46,000 books are sold annual by the Historical Society Press

      Historic Preservation

      Over 1,246 jobs are created each year by historic preservation construction projects

      Local History

      Over 450 Local History affiliates


      Over 16,000 K-12 students participate each year in the National History Day program

      Over 50,000 textbooks are used each year by 4th grade students