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Wisconsin Historical Society | 15th Annual Local History and Historic Preservation Conference

October 20, 2021 @ 9:00 am - October 22, 2021 @ 4:30 pm

Participate in sessions and workshops, be inspired by keynote speakers, and engage with presenters from across the state and beyond at the 15th annual Local History and Historic Preservation Conference, presented by the Wisconsin Historical Society.
This year’s theme is “Connecting Communities to Preserve and Share History.” The conference brings together a wide range of staff, volunteers, and board members from history and preservation organizations to comprise the largest event of its kind in Wisconsin. Experience the high-quality sessions, keynotes, and workshops that have become synonymous with this conference from the comfort of your home.
Cost: $50/person
Advance registration required
Society members receive a 10% discount
Registration fees are final and non-refundable
B.J. Hollars is an associate professor of English at UW-Eau Claire and the founder and executive director of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild. In March 2020, as a pandemic began to ravage our world, Hollars started a collaborative writing project to bridge the emotional challenges created by our physical distancing. Drawing upon Emily Dickinson’s famous poem “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers,” Hollars called on Wisconsinites to reflect on their own glimpses of hope in the era of COVID-19. The result is an exploration of the depth and range of hope experienced in times of crisis, as well as an important record of what Wisconsinites were facing and feeling through these historic times.
Angela Fitzgerald is the host of “Wisconsin Life” on PBS Wisconsin and the creator, producer, and host of “Why Race Matters.” She has dedicated her extensive education and career to leadership, community engagement, and creating opportunities for others. As the host of “Wisconsin Life”, she shares the stories of everyday people doing extraordinary things in Wisconsin. “Why Race Matters” elevates issues of importance affecting Wisconsin’s Black communities through conversations with everyday people whose work and commitments center on race, identity, and achieving racial equity in the state.
Emily Graslie worked as the first-ever Chief Curiosity Correspondent for the Field Museum in Chicago, creating more than 200 episodes for The Brain Scoop, a natural history-themed YouTube channel whose videos have been viewed tens of millions of times. Her media productions and storytelling adventures have taken her and her viewers through both space and time, from deep into the bat caves of Kenya to the remote Peruvian Amazon jungle — and from the Cambrian through the Cretaceous by means of geologic and fossil formations across the United States.