COVID-19 Updates: In order to help reduce the increased spread of COVID-19, our headquarters building will be closed to the public until at least January 3, 2021. Click here for more information.

COVID-19 Closures and Event Updates | Wisconsin Historical Society

General Information

COVID-19 Closures and Event Updates

COVID-19 Closures and Event Updates | Wisconsin Historical Society
To protect your safety and ours, options for accessing our buildings and services have changed. Please see the below sections for information on our current operations. During this time, we suggest emailing staff as opposed to calling staff as many folks are working remotely due to COVID-19.

Library and Archives

We are committed to the health and safety of our guests and staff, and in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 the Abrahamson Library Reading Room and the Archives Reading Room will be temporarily closed to the public from Thursday, November 26 through at least January 3, 2021. We apologize for any disruption to your research. If you need assistance during this time please email us at asklibrary@wisconsinhistory.org or askarchives@wisconsinhistory.org. We appreciate everyone’s continued support and patience.

We are still able to offer pick-up access to our library collections. Continue reading for more information on this option.

Pick-Up Access to Collections

The Wisconsin Historical Society Library is now fulfilling requested items from the library for those who have a UW-Madison ID or a Wisconsin Historical Society library card. 

To request items patrons should visit the library’s catalog at library.wisc.edu and request the item they need. All items that are available will be listed as “requestable”. Patrons will pick up items at the UW - Madison Memorial Library and not at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library.

For questions, please contact the library directly at asklibrary@wisconsinhistory.org.

Due to staff limitations, the Wisconsin Historical Society Microfilm Reproductions Lab is not currently accepting new orders. We are working through existing orders as quickly as possible. Questions regarding the status of orders can be directed to john.friend@wisconsinhistory.org.

Historic Preservation

We are committed to the health and safety of our guests and staff, and in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 the Wisconsin Historical Society headquarters building, where our Historic Preservation office is located, will be temporarily closed to the public from Thursday, November 26 through at least January 3, 2021. We apologize for any disruption to your research. If you need assistance during this time please email us at askshpo@wisconsinhistory.orgWe appreciate everyone’s continued support and patience.

Wisconsin Historical Society Sites and Museums

All of the Wisconsin Historical Society Sites are closed for the season. Old World Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Historical Museum are offering virtual field trips.

All Other Locations

In compliance with health emergency orders from Governor Tony Evers and Andrea Palm, Secretary Designee, Department of Health Services, the State Archive Preservation Facility, Atlas Lab on Atlas Avenue in Madison, 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.

Read the full order here

BIG History Is Happening

A big moment in history is happening right now. COVID-19 is having a major impact on all of our lives. As we practice social distancing, and spend more time at home, it is easy to feel isolated from the things you love. We know how much you love history, and until we can welcome you back to the Society, the Library & Archives, and our sites and museums, we are going to bring more history straight to you! 

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.

BIG History is Happening

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.

No known cases of the virus have been reported by any of our volunteers, staff or visitors. Our facilities team has increased cleaning and sanitizing frequencies in all of our buildings as an additional precautionary measure.

EVENTS AND TICKETS

Special event changes will be updated on our website at: https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/EventSearch.  

If you have purchased tickets for a special event, information about refunds or rescheduled dates will be communicated to you via email in the near future. We appreciate your patience as we work through these changes. Thank you again for your continued support of the Wisconsin Historical Society.