- Wisconsin Historical Society
The Wisconsin Historical Society (formerly the State Historical Society of Wisconsin) is simultaneously a private membership and a state-funded organization whose purpose is to maintain, promote and spread knowledge relating to the
historyof North America, with an emphasis on the state of Wisconsinand the trans-Allegheny West. Founded in 1846 and chartered in 1853, it is the oldest historical society in the United Statesto receive continuous public funding. [ [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/about/ About page] at the Wisconsin Historical Society website.] The society's headquarters are located in Madison, Wisconsin, on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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 interest 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. [ [http://www.madison.com/communities/wisconsinhistory/ "Wisconsin Historical Society"] at [http://www.madison.com www.madison.com] .] The Wisconsin Historical Society also has an extensive newspaper collection, the second largest in the United States after the Library of Congress. [ [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/genealogy/newspapers/ Newspapers for Genealogy from the Wisconsin Historical Society ] ] [ [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/libraryarchives/collections/news.asp Newspaper & Periodicals Collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society ] ]
In addition to this library, the society opearates the
Wisconsin Historical Museumin downtown Madison and a publishing house, the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, which publishes books on Wisconsin and American history and a quarterly magazine, the "Wisconsin Magazine of History". In more recent times, the society complemented its printed materials with a website boasting numerous features that include a large, searchable collection of historical images and a vast digital archive containing thousands of scanned documents relating to Wisconsin history.
In addition to all its other pursuits, the Wisconsin Historical Society owns nine historic sites that can be toured by the public. These sites are located in cities across the state.
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