Wisconsin Historical Society

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About the Wisconsin Historical Society

The Society was founded in 1846, two years before Wisconsin became the 30th state, and it ranks as one of the largest, most active, and most diversified state historical societies in the nation. As both a state agency and a private membership organization, it receives about 60 percent of its funding from the state of Wisconsin. The other 40 percent comes from membership fees, admission fees, gifts, trust funds and grants. A 36-member Board of Curators governs the Society.

Our Mission
The Society helps people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories.


The office is closed:

New Year's Day - January 1

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Third Monday in January

Presidents' Day - Third Monday in February

Memorial Day Weekend - Last Monday in May and the Friday before

Independence Day - July 4

Labor Day - First Monday in September

Columbus Day - Second Monday in October

Thanksgiving - Fourth Thursday and Friday in November

Christmas Day - December 25