Wisconsin Content Now Available on Chronicling America

Laura Farley Blog Post

The Wisconsin Historical Society is pleased to announce that the first batch of Wisconsin newspapers are now available on the Library of Congress historic newspaper site Chronicling America. Currently available is the Wood County Reporter of Grand Rapids, 1858-02-17 to  1890-03-13 with more of this title to come shortly. The newspapers are freely accessible, full text searchable, and downloadable.

Over the next several months approximately 100,000 pages of Wisconsin newspapers will be added to the Chronicling America site as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program. Learn more about the

Do Graphic Novels Belong Here?

Laura Farley Blog Post

During a recent coffee break at the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS), conversation turned to an unusual item received by library acquisitions, a non-fiction, biographical graphic novel chronicling the life of a pioneer woman. Discussion turned to whether this resource was appropriate for the WHS library’s collection. Located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, WHS is the North American history research center for the University and has a collection that includes “United States and Canadian history and genealogy, Wisconsin history, and a newspaper collection”. The library

The Wisconsin Historical Society is pleased to welcome Randi Ramsden as Project Assistant to the National Digital Newspaper Program.  Randi recently graduated from Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, were she earned an MA in American Studies; her thesis "A real poor folks’ movement”? – A Critical Analysis of the White Community Project in the Freedom Summer (1964) utilized collections at WHS. While an undergraduate, Randi spent a year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, interned for the WHS Press, and worked with the Freedom Summer project providing social media support. Randi

Community First: Native American Traditional Care Suite

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Construction is underway in Madison, Wisconsin on a state-of-the art storage building for the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, known as the State Archive Preservation Facility (SAPF). Library, archives, and museum staff have been working for over eight years to prepare collections to be moved in 2017 from their current locations at the WHS headquarters building, rented offsite storage space, and temporary storage space at WHS historic sites,  as well as the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. There are many features about the storage facility to be excited about