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Milwaukee, WI. – The Milwaukee community is invited to join the Wisconsin Historical Society on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, to share their thoughts and ideas and see design concepts for a new, modern, state history museum on Wisconsin’s Capitol Square. The goal of these sessions is to get feedback from educators, families, business leaders, and every sector of the public.

“The input we receive at these public workshops will help shape future exhibits and storylines,” said Christian Overland, Ruth and Hartley Barker Director of the Wisconsin Historical Society. “We want the public to know that the new state history museum project is about more than bricks and mortar, it will connect to and tell the stories of Wisconsinites from all 72 counties.”

During these sessions, guests will have the opportunity to share feedback on current design concepts and share their thoughts on “What makes Wisconsin, Wisconsin.” This is an opportunity for the public to be a part of this process and to provide their vision of how the new museum can represent their community and the state to create relevant stories that have local significance and national impact.

The event, supported by local partner, The Milwaukee County Historical Society, will be held at The Milwaukee County Historical Society, 910 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The evening will start with light refreshments and an introduction to the new museum project. Guests will hear from Overland and Patrick Gallagher, principal and president at Gallagher & Associates, an internationally-recognized museum design firm whose clients include other cultural institutions like Smithsonian Institution, The Gettysburg Museum of History and The National World War II Museum.

“Milwaukee’s rich history is an integral part of Wisconsin and its past,” said Mame McCully, executive director of the Milwaukee County Historical Society. “Ensuring Milwaukee’s story is shared throughout the new State History Museum is important and we are pleased to co-host this opportunity for Milwaukeeans to contribute their thoughts and ideas.”

The Wisconsin Historical Society is planning on holding over 30 Statewide Engagement events including19 public community events and 14 American Indian nation community events across the state over the next year. All sessions are free and open to the public. Guests can pre-register at

“As we hold more listening workshops across the state it is important for us to be inclusive and understand what types of stories and programs our guests would like in the new history museum,” Overland continued.  “We also want to understand how we can better serve our audiences in their towns and cities because we feel that everyone should feel welcomed in this museum, whether they visit in person or participate digitally.”

The Wisconsin Historical Society has been working towards building a new $120 million, 100,000-square-foot museum for more than 20 years. The new museum will more than double exhibition space, and include state-of-the-art technology while providing learning, meeting and flexible spaces. The new museum will reach and connect people all across the state through distance learning technology and exciting, modern exhibits.

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About Wisconsin Historical Society
The Wisconsin Historical Society, founded in 1846, ranks as one of the largest, most active and most diversified state historical societies in the nation. As both a state agency and a private membership organization, its mission is to help people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories. The Wisconsin Historical Society serves millions of people every year through a wide range of sites, programs and services. For more information, visit



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