About the New Wisconsin Historical Society Website Preview
User-Friendly Design, Streamlined Search, Simplified Browsing
Welcome to the Preview of the Wisconsin Historical Society's new website. This Preview, or "beta" website, is in constant development and it changes daily, so please keep in mind the following items during your visit ...
- Both this Preview website and our current website are fully accessible. If you can't find something here, go to our current website at wisconsinhistory.org
- Some pages may be partially complete, or appear to be broken. Also, links in some pages may not work yet.
- Some links go back to our current website. That means that content has not been migrated yet.
- "Search" and other page functionalities may be updated from one day to the next, or may not work as expected. Check it again later.
- If you find a problem, send us feedback by clicking the Feedback & Support tab located on the left side of your screen. We like feedback!
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Things You Can Search and Browse Now
Below is a list of content areas that have been migrated to the Preview site.
All pre-1907 vital records, newspaper clippings, and civil war records are searchable.
Research Your Family History
We revised the landing page to provide more focused information to better direct family history researchers to the resources they need.
Family History Guides and Instructions
This new landing page helps educates users about the stages of family history research and it includes articles featuring tips on how to use the Society's resources. A great place for beginners to start!
About Our Family History Collections
This new landing page contains information about the scope of each of our family history resources.
More than 15 of our major collections are accessible as well as six major online indexes and databases. The newest collections added are:
1964 Freedom Summer Project
A compilation of manuscript files are accessible online to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the effort by civil rights activists to integrate Mississippi's segregated political system. The user-friendly interface provides access to numerous articles and more than 75,000 pages from the manuscript collection.
Browse over 200 historical essays on selected artifacts from the Wisconsin Historical Museum.
Teach and Learn
Historical figures, history essays, lesson plans, field trips and more are searchable.
4th Grade Wisconsin History
Find resources specific to 4th grade Wisconsin history including textbook materials, lesson plans, interactives, cross-curricular activities, and more.
4th Grade History Textbook 'Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story'
This section offers guides, activities and instructions for the definitive Wisconsin history textbook from the Wisconsin Historical Society. Check out the new interactive whiteboard resources aligned with each chapter of "Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story."
National History Day
See information about this exciting academic enrichment program that helps students learn about historical issues, ideas, people and events.
Learn Wisconsin History
Discover the rich history of Wisconsin with over 700 historical essays. Whether enjoying a simple pursuit of information or on a deeper quest for understanding, these essays are perfect for genealogists, students, teachers and those who simply love history.
Historic Sites and Museums
See and touch history at our Historic Sites and Museums.
Visit Wisconsin Historic Sites and Museums
Provides access to all 12 Wisconsin Historical Society historic sites and museums websites. Includes a link to the event calendar. Also provides information on Wisconsin historical markers, lighthouses and shipwrecks open for public tours, and local historical societies near you.
Homes and Properties
National Register of Historic Places and Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory
See information and photos for more than 133,000 historic buildings, structures and objects throughout Wisconsin. More than 2,300 of these are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the nation's official list of historic places worthy of preservation. All register listings are searchable.
Historic Preservation Commission Training
More than 60 new instructional articles to guide local commission members, including a historic preservation glossary and feature stories about rehabilitated structures.
Human Burials, Mounds and Cemeteries
New easy-to-use articles help private landowners, local governments, construction companies and others know how to protect and preserve Wisconsin's burial sites.
Design Goals for the New wisconsinhistory.org Website
We've designed this website with you, our user, in mind. The layout is organized based on where users, like you, go most. Now you can quickly and easily find what you are looking for — no matter what your level of computer experience is.
See at-a-glance the breadth and depth of resources available in a clear and concise manner. A consistent look and feel across the entire website will make using it easier than ever before.
Our state-of-the-art search engine allows you access to more than 40 databases all at once. Simply type a keyword into a single box and the search engine will automatically scan all collections and resources across the entire website.
Your search will return relevant results from all the Society's resources. Plus you are likely to see related images, maps, essays, books, newspaper clippings, biographies, and more.
The new website will be organized into easily-browsed categories based on the most common reasons that people visit it.
- Collections - provides access to all of our collections whether you are doing serious research or enjoying browsing.
- Family History - a great place to find all genealogy-related materials.
- Historic Sites and Museums - get the lowdown for visiting any of our 12 venues.
- Community History - find information about your hometown.
- Preserving Historic Homes and Properties - detailed information for historic property owners, preservationists, and local governments.
- Wisconsin History - learn about Wisconsin places and stories of our past.
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