Wisconsin Historical Society

Organizational Description

About the Office of Programs and Outreach

About the Office of Programs and Outreach | Wisconsin Historical Society


The Office of Programs and Outreach helps people connect with their past by publishing books and magazines, providing expert professional advice to local historians, and supporting K-12 students and teachers. It also offers travelling exhibits and speakers to community centers, libraries, schools, and other organizations around the state, visiting hundreds of communities each year.

Programs and Outreach Programs

The Wisconsin Historical Society Press edits and publishes most of the materials issued by the society, including books and the quarterly Wisconsin Magazine of History.

Primary-level education staff bring real historical artifacts into classrooms and use them to nurture critical thinking skills in young children. Contact educator Kurt Griesemer for more information.

Secondary-level education staff coordinate the state's National History Day program for more than 10,000 students and families statewide.

Local History staff provide support and technical assistance to over 400 affiliated local historical organizations and museums through consultations, webinars and workshops. They also partner with the Wisconsin Council for Local History to offer a mini-grant program, regional meetings and the annual Local History-Historic Preservation conference.

About 80 authors of Society Press books and articles or members of the Society staff travel around the state to speak to audiences of lifelong learners. See the list and submit a request on our Speakers Bureau page.

The following pull-up banner exhibits are available to local schools and organizations. Some have curriculum materials or public speakers to accompany them.