Input Wanted for New History Museum in Wisconsin

Created: October 01, 2018 08:17 AM

Wisconsin residents have a chance to share their thoughts and ideas for a new state-of-the-art history museum on the state's capitol square.


Christian Overland is a director with the Wisconsin Historical Society. He says the museum is in an old hardware store and there is a need to build it.

"It's a smaller museum," he says. "Our idea is to build something that's not just bricks and mortar, but something that can connect to all 72 counties in Wisconsin and also the Twin Ports, Duluth, Twin Cities, Chicago, our entire region."

To get input from others, the historical society has planned 19 public sessions and 14 American Indian nation engagement sessions that will be held across the state over the next year. The first meeting is Monday, Oct. 1 at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior from 6 to 8 p.m.

Overland says they're also creating 'satellite stations' around the state where people can listen to stories of other residents, as well as tell their own. Those stories will be uploaded digitally and stored in the museum.

"Stories are the thing that bind us," he says. "They connect us and local stories, we believe, have regional, national impact."

Overland says they hope to have the museum fully done by 2024.

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