"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."
― L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Crisp air and crisper apples, fall has arrived! From great professional development resources to new material previews, check out the latest resources from the Wisconsin Historical Society.

History buff? Join us at our conference!

Registration is open for the 2019 Local History - Historic Preservation conference at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva on October 25-26, 2019! You can expect one full day and one half day of sessions, workshops, events, tours, and ample opportunity to make new connections and catch up with your local history and preservation partners from across the state.

Amazing resources for your classroom

Looking for resources to help guide your students to a greater understanding of Wisconsin's Native nations? Check out Wisconsin First Nations Education, a one-stop-shop for amazing resources from the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Public Television, and more!

New from the Press
The Wisconsin Story by Dennis McCann

From portraits of significant and national figures like Robert and Belle La Follette, Golda Meir, and Edna Ferber, to stories of important events like the Black Hawk War, 1960's campus protests, and oleo smuggling, these engaging vignettes take readers on a fun and informative ride all across the Badger State.

Where was Calvin Coolidge’s summer White House? What was the "anti-corset resolution"? And why was a cow named Ollie milked on an airplane? Award-winning newspaper columnist Dennis McCann’s talent for distilling complex subjects into brief stories packa a punch and answers the question "What makes Wisconsin, Wisconsin?"
Rebel Poet by Louis V. Clark

In Rebel Poet: More Stories from a 21st Century Indian
, author Louis Clark examines the effects of his mother's alcoholism and his young sister's death, offers an intimate recounting of the backlash he faced as an Indian on the job, and celebrates the hard-fought sense of home he and his wife have created. Rebel Poet continues the author's tradition of seamlessly mixing poetry and prose, and is at turns darker and more nuanced than its predecessor.
New at the Frights Sites!
Halloween Legends and Lore at Old World Wisconsin

Troves of supernatural tales brought to Wisconsin over the generations come to life as you explore the Crossroads Village after dark at this always spooky, sometimes scary, family-friendly Halloween event. Admission fee required.

Check out our website for more details!
An Interview With Anna Hope Altschwager, Assistant Director, Guest Experience at Old World Wisconsin
Tell us about yourself
I grew up in Columbus WI, and after being a nomad for almost 15 years, moved back to WI in 2016. I'm a 5th generation Wisconsinite and love being able to serve the people of Wisconsin by exploring (and making!) history everyday with our guests. I've worked at a lot of different museums from art to zoology, but history and stories are where my heart is.

What do you enjoy about your work?
I love creating spaces that make memories and illuminate for guests that history is a story that we tell ourselves. It isn’t just a list of things that happens to you – we create it. I get to work with talented and interesting people to make this magic happen.

Anything exciting coming up?
Always! Right after our Halloween program, which we do in collaboration with a performing arts high school, we’re right into planning for An Old World Christmas in December. OWC is about immigrant traditions, and the event itself has become a modern tradition for many families. With warm wassail, live music, and historic spaces bringing the holidays to life for all ages, it connects us all to the deep traditions of those who came to call Wisconsin home.

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