State Historical Society of Wisconsin

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    Though it retains its legal name as the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, it has recently chosen to refer to itself as the Wisconsin Historical Society. The Society is a unique amalgamation of a governmental body, responsible for the official records of the State of Wisconsin, and private society, responsible for furthering the study of the history of Wisconsin and beyond.

    It's library, on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, contains one of the outstanding historical collections in the country. It can be searched through the Madcat catalog of the University of Wisconsin Library, and can be located by a Google search for the word "madcat." Of particular interest to local historians is a virtually exhaustive microfilm collection of newspapers printed in Wisconsin, since the beginning of printed newspapers in the state. It maintains branch archives throughout the state, with the ones in No topic [shswashland ashland] and Stevens Point being of greatest interest regarding the Northwoods.

    It provides recognition to local affiliate historical societies. For further information regarding local affiliates in the Northwoods, see the subtopic Local Affiliates (Left).

    Charles P. Forbes
    December 29, 2009
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    Comprehensive References

    Columns, Madison, ser. View Full Entry
    Midwest States Archives Guide Project, Wisconsin State Archives [Prototype Guide]; An Evaluation; and Collateral Reports, Madison, 1981. View Full Entry
    US, General Services Administration, National Historical Publications and Records Commission, Annual Report for 1982, Washington, 1982. View Full Entry
    Zimm, John, Wisconsin Historical Society, State of Wisconsin, 2013-2014 Blue Book, p. 99., Madison, 2013. View Full Entry
    Zimm, John, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, 2015. View Full Entry

    Major References

    Graffagnino, J. Kevin, Wisconsin Fifteen, Madison, 1998. View Full Entry
    Kittner, Gena, Hanging on to Those Things that Define Us, Wisconsin State Journal, October 7, 2010, pp. 1 ff., Madisonq, 2010. View Full Entry
    Orton, Harlow, Introductory Remarks, Contained on the CD "Wisconsin" which is number 2119 in this bibliography. On that CD is is under the title "Territorial Legislation in Wisconsin.", Madison, 1870. View Full Entry
    Thwaites, R. G., Editor, French Regime in Wisconsin -- I, 1634-1727, Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Vol. XVI, Madison, 1902. View Full Entry

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    +++Historical Markers in the area of Star Lake

    Dr. Kate Pelham Newcomb, Woodruff, erected 2016. See Columns, 38:1, Feb-Apr 2017.

    +++State Register of Historic Places in the area of Star Lake

    Peacock Inn, St. Germain. Added 2016. See Columns, 38:1, Feb-Apr 2017. See Topic St. Germain for more information.