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Wisconsin Historical Society

About Wisconsin Historical Society

COVID-19 Specific Information and Services

In compliance with health emergency orders from Governor Tony Evers and Andrea Palm, Secretary Designee, Department of Health Services, the Society’s Headquarters Building, State Archive Preservation Facility, Atlas Lab on Atlas Avenue in Madison, the historic sites and museums, our operations at the Water Council in Milwaukee and the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland will be closed to all non-essential staff and the public until further notice.

The State Historic Preservation Office is currently working remotely. Please contact the appropriate program area at If you have additional questions please send an email to

For questions and FAQs regarding library services please e-mail or

We are committed to the safety of our guests and staff and will continue to monitor the situation. All updates may change without notice and will be communicated out via email, this page and social media.

While we are closed we encourage the public to explore our resources online, we have staff working behind the scenes to bring content and information through our different channels. Please sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook.

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work through these changes and thank our members and guests for their continued support of the Wisconsin Historical Society.


Discover your history through our library and archives, historic sites and museums, historic preservation and community history programs, plus publications, school services, and our websites. Since its creation in 1846, the Wisconsin Historical 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.

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