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Mount Horeb Driftless Historium
Saturday, June 3 through Monday, December 31
Mount Horeb Driftless Historium  (Wisconsin Event)
Driftless Historium: 100 South 2nd Street, Mount Horeb, WI
 
Mount Horeb Driftless Historium Public Access Hours:
Wednesdays through Sundays:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Newly opened, the $1.7 million, three-building history center is located in the heart of downtown Mount Horeb.  Its presence represents the culmination of nearly a decade of community-based efforts – from drawings and fundraising campaigns to the center’s ultimate construction.  In addition to the historium’s archival collections, the facility features educational exhibits, a research center, and special program offerings.
 
Permanent Exhibit:  “Life and Change at the Edge of Driftless” provides visitors with a fascinating walk through history.  From the time of the great glaciers to present day, you’ll meet American Indians, miners, innkeepers, farmers, cheese makers, and Civilian Conservation Corps participants as you discover their stories through words, documents, photos, and hundreds of artifacts.

The exhibit incorporates all levels of the museum experience from diorama settings, hands on stations, interactive questions and media outlets.
 
Temporary Exhibit:  Creators, Collectors & Communities:  Making Ethnic Identity through Art
In partnership with UW-Madison’s Material Culture educators and students, the exhibition aims to create a layered multi-media experience that examines the evolution of ethnic identity in Southwestern Wisconsin.  From folk art carefully transported here by the area’s first immigrant residents, to the troll statues that greet visitors to Mount Horeb’s Main Street, the area’s ethnic evolution is traced through the creative expression of local artists and artisans. 
 
Tour groups of all ages are welcome – please contact the Historium staff to schedule an appointment.  For more information, call 608-437-6486, visit www.driftlesshistorium.org, or email: mthorebmuseum@mhtc.net. 



Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Meet MKE Exhibit
Monday, November 20 through Sunday, November 1, 2020
Milwaukee County Historical Society’s Meet MKE Exhibit  (Affiliate Event)
Milwaukee County Historical Center, 910 N. Old World Third Street, Milwaukee
 
Meet MKE explores Milwaukee's history from bridges and breweries to founders and festivals, including some of the most iconic artifacts housed at the Milwaukee County Historical Society.  Treasures on display may not see the light of day very often, but are historically relevant or significant in some manner.  One of the most interesting pieces within the collection is a Lincoln Lithography Plate.  Created shortly after Lincoln's assassination, the Gugler (Lithograph) plate is one of the most famous renditions of the former president. 
 
Admission to the exhibit is free to Milwaukee County Historical Society members.  General admission is $7; children 6 - 12 are $3; and youngsters under 5 are free.
 
Exhibit hours:
Monday – Saturday:  9:30am- 5pm
Sundays:  Closed
 
For additional details, visit: www.milwaukeehistory.net or call (414) 273-8288.



Milwaukee County Historical Society's Brew City MKE: Milwaukee Beer Museum & Beer Bar
Monday, January 1 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Milwaukee County Historical Society's Brew City MKE: Milwaukee Beer Museum & Beer Bar  (Wisconsin Event)
275 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee (Main entrance of the Shops at Grand Avenue)
 
The Milwaukee County Historical Society has re-located its popular display on Milwaukee beer and brewing history to the Grand Avenue Mall in downtown Milwaukee.  The society’s vast collection featuring artifacts, images and memorabilia is now housed at Brew City MKE.  By combining a beer museum with a beer bar, guests are welcome to explore an interactive exhibit on Milwaukee's brewing heritage and then raise a glass to the town fondly known as Brew City!  Brew City MKE will be on display for a one-year pilot experience and includes a bar featuring Milwaukee brews.
 
Admission to Brew City MKE museum is free to members of the Milwaukee County Historical Society.  General entrance fees are $10 for adults 21 and over; $7 for persons 13 to 20 years; children 12 and under are free.  All admissions include a beer or soda.  There is no charge to enter the tavern on its own.
 
Brew City MKE Hours:
  • Wednesdays thru Fridays: 11am to 8pm
  • Saturdays:                             11am to 10pm
  • Sundays:                                11am to 6pm
  • Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and select holidays
For additional information, please call 414-897-8765 or visit:  www.brewcitymilwaukee.com



Tuesday, December 18
WSGS December Webinar  (WSGS Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Secret Societies: Finding Your Ancestors in Fraternal Organizations
 
Michael Strauss
  • Presenter: Michael Strauss
  • Webinar Description: Were your ancestors Freemasons? Did you family have a connection with the I.O.O.F. or Daughters of Rebekah? Discover the rich history and genealogical material that await you with membership records, historical research, and photographs of your family who may have belonged to one or more of these secret societies or female auxiliaries.
  • Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4109215089190675203
After registering, you will receive an email with information and a link to join us the night of the webinar and handout information.  Please remember that this is a first come first served webinar.  Registering does not hold a spot for you.  Those that log in first will be admitted to the webinar.



Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Manitowc County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm
Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay St., Manitowoc, Balkansky Community Room
 
Share Your Research with MCGS Members


Friday, January 11, 2019
Stateline Genealogy Club Program - NEHGS: Get the Most from AmericanAncestors.org  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI
 
New England Historic Genealogical Society - Get the Most from AmericanAncestors.org
Legacy Family Tree webinar by Claire Vail.
This program will be held in the Classroom.


Sunday, January 13, 2019
Grant County Genealogical Society January Program  (Affiliate Event)
1:00 pm
Schreiner Public Library, 113 West Elm St., Lancaster, WI
 
Program pending. The library has a genealogical section to explore!


Saturday, January 19, 2019
BIGWILL Roundtable Research  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Community Church, 5714 Broadway, Richmond, IL
 

The British Interest Group of Wisconsin & Illinois (BIGWILL) will sponsor "Roundtable Research" from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the Community Church, 5714 Broadway, Richmond, IL 60071. This Roundtable Research session will have several tables staffed by knowledgeable genealogists from our organization who can help answer questions you might have from "brick walls" in our research, to digging up new sources, to publishing your research, to technical genealogy program questions, and much, much more.

Maureen Brady will field inquiries on Ireland, Isle of Man and Channel Islands research; Linda Robertson on Scotland interests; Ann Wells regarding England and Wales genealogy; Roger Higgs helps with writing and publishing your information; Rollie Littlewood shares technical Q&A.

Beginners, intermediate, seasoned genealogy buffs and the public are welcome. This is a fun way to get help with your British family history questions, one on one. BIGWILL, a genealogical special interest group for those who wish to research family history and ancestry in the British Isles, meets at 10:00 am on the third Saturday of January, March, May, July, September and November at the Community Church, 5714 Broadway (2 blocks west of Hwy 12) in Richmond, IL 60071.



Saturday, January 26, 2019
Lower Wisconsin River Genealogical & Historical Research Center  (Affiliate Event)
9:00 am
Meeting Room of Century Hall, 213 E Front St # B, Wauzeka, WI
 
Show and Tell meeting


Saturday, January 26, 2019
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society's "Beginner's" Genealogy Series Class  (Affiliate Event)
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Milwaukee Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Community Room 1
 
Topic:  Starting at Home:  Milwaukee Public Library
 
MCGS “Beginner” genealogy classes are free, however, a $10.00 fee is charged to cover the cost of class handouts containing information and forms to assist you in research.  Learn more at: http://www.milwaukeegenealogy.org, then click on the “Genealogy Classes” link on the left.
 
For handicap access, enter the lower level of the building via 8th Street, take the elevator to the first floor, and proceed east to the meeting room. Metered street parking is available around the library building; there is also a parking lot on Wisconsin Avenue across the street from the library.  Visitors are always welcome.


Saturday, January 26, 2019
Milwaukee County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting and Program - January  (Affiliate Event)
1:00 pm
Milwaukee Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Community Room 1
 
Program to follow membership meeting.
Topic:  The Different DNA Tests and What They Mean
 
For handicap access, enter the lower level of the building via 8th Street, take the elevator to the first floor, and proceed east to the meeting room.  Metered street parking is available around the library building; there is also a parking lot on Wisconsin Avenue across the street from the library.  Visitors are always welcome.
 
For additional information visit:  http://www.milwaukeegenealogy.org.



Friday, February 8, 2019
Stateline Genealogy Club Program - Using Maps in Genealogy  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI
 
"Using Maps in Genealogy," various webinars from Brigham Young University:
  • Understanding Maps
  • Land Ownership Maps
  • Locating Ancestors from Maps and Gazetteers
  • Sanborn Maps
  • U.S. Land Records


Sunday, February 10, 2019
Grant County Genealogical Society Program  (Affiliate Event)
1:00 pm
295 Second St., Dickeyville, WI
 
Society library location at Karen Reese's home, 295 Second Street, Dickeyville, Wisconsin.
Meeting and research the library holdings.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Manitowc County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm
Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay St., Manitowoc, Balkansky Community Room
 
Getting Started: Genealogy on the Internet - Sue Paider



Friday, March 8, 2019
Stateline Genealogy Club Program - You Use WHAT for Genealogy?  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI
 
"You Use WHAT for Genealogy? Wonderful Uses for Unusual Tools," Legacy Family Tree webinar by Thomas MacEntee
 
How to use Google, Copyright, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Blogging, Dropbox, Social Media for genealogy.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Manitowc County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm
Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay St., Manitowoc, Balkansky Community Room
 
Federal Government Publications - Anne Kasuboski, WSGS


2019 WSGS Gene-A-Rama Conference
Friday, March 29, 2019 through Saturday, March 30, 2019
2019 WSGS Gene-A-Rama Conference  (WSGS Conference/Workshop)
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, 3060 S. Kinney Coulee Road, Onalaska
 
Want to fill in more blanks on your family tree? Our spring conference is designed to make your research more productive. Our featured speaker will be Amy Johnson Crow, CG.
 
Save the date and we'll save a place for you and your friends. Make plans to join us!



Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Manitowc County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm
Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay St., Manitowoc, Balkansky Community Room
 
It's All Online! Or Is It? - Lori Bessler, Wisconsin Historical Society


Friday, April 12, 2019
Stateline Genealogy Club Program - Research Your Swedish Heritage in Living Color Using ArkivDigital  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI
 
Research Your Swedish Heritage in Living Color Using ArkivDigital by Kathy Meade from https://www.arkivdigital.net.
 
Swedish church records and other historical records online. This program will be held in the Classroom.


Saturday, April 27, 2019
Lower Wisconsin River Genealogical & Historical Research Center  (Affiliate Event)
9:00 am
Meeting Room of Century Hall, 213 E Front St # B, Wauzeka, WI
 
Meeting subject pending



Friday, May 10, 2019
Stateline Genealogy Club Program - Genealogy Clues Found in Obituaries and Funeral Home Records  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI
 
Genealogy Clues Found in Obituaries and Funeral Home Records by speaker Jarod Williams, Rosman Funeral Home (rescheduled from 2018).
This program will be held in the Classroom.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Manitowc County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting  (Affiliate Event)
6:00 pm
Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay St., Manitowoc, Balkansky Community Room
 
Elections and Pie Social



Friday, June 14, 2019
Stateline Genealogy Club Program - Crossing the Border: French-Canadian Ancestors  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI
 
Crossing the Border: French-Canadian Ancestors by speaker George Findlen
The steps, resources and aids that one needs to successfully identify the parents of an immigrant who settled in the U.S. from Quebec.


Friday, June 28, 2019
Stateline Genealogy Club Program - Tour & Research at Wisconsin Historical Society  (Affiliate Event)
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
South Beloit, IL, FastMart/McDonald's
 
Bonus Second Friday! Tour and Research at Wisconsin Historical Society Library
Van Galder Coach bus boarding at South Beloit, Illinois, FastMart/McDonald's at 8:00 AM for Madison, Wisconsin/University of Wisconsin campus Langdon/Park. Return early evening.



Friday, July 12, 2019
Stateline Genealogy Club Program - Finding the Genealogy of Houses and Those that Lived in Them  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI
 
Finding the Genealogy of Houses and Those That Lived in Them by speaker Vicki Ruthe Hahn



Friday, August 9, 2019
Stateline Genealogy Club Program - An Introduction to WikiTree, the Free Global Family Tree  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI
 
An Introduction to WikiTree, the Free Global Family Tree by speaker Marty Acks
A community of genealogists growing an accurate single family tree using DNA and traditional genealogical sources.



Friday, September 13, 2019
Stateline Genealogy Club - Intro to Genealogy at the National Archives and Records Administration  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI
 
NARA: Introduction to Genealogy at the National Archives and Records Administration online slideshow by Claire Kluskens (presented by Vicki Ruthe Hahn)



Friday, October 4, 2019 through Saturday, October 5, 2019
2019 WSGS Fall Seminar and Pre-Conference  (WSGS Conference/Workshop)
Ramada Waupaca Hotel, 110 Grand Seasons Drive, Waupaca, Wisconsin
 
More information to come!


Friday, October 11, 2019
Stateline Genealogy Club Program - Reminiscing--Life Writing Your Story for Posterity  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI
 
Reminiscing - Life Writing Your Story for Posterity to Share with Your Family by speaker Vicki Ruthe Hahn
Hands-on exercises and suggestions on how to reflect your own life through words, photos, and mapping. Bring a photo or picture from your past that you want to write about. Learn how to see more about your ancestors' lives by recording the stories you wish they had left.


Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International's 2019 Genealogical & Cultural Conference
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 through Saturday, October 19, 2019
Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International's 2019 Genealogical & Cultural Conference  (Affiliate Event)
Lincoln, NE
 
Searching Czech or Slovak roots?  Save the date and make plans to attend this international conference.
 
17th Annual Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI)
Genealogical and Cultural Conference
October 15 - 19, 2019
Lincoln, NE
 
The biennial CGSI Conference is the premier genealogical research event for the areas now known as the Czech Republic and Slovakia.  The conference features local, national, and international speakers, along with workshops, field trips, entertainment, and access to CGSI’s traveling resource library with on-site assistance.
  • Nearly 60 breakout sessions, including five speakers from the Czech Republic and Slovakia
  • Parade of Kroje and area cultural tours
  • Hands-on folk craft workshops and mini-language classes
CGSI membership and conference registration details to be posted at:  www.cgsievents.com



Friday, November 8, 2019
Stateline Genealogy Club Program - Stateline Travelers--Chicago Gangsters Connections  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI
 
Stateline Travelers - Chicago Gangsters Connections to Northern Illinois and Wisconsin by speaker Vicki Ruthe Hahn



Friday, December 13, 2019
Stateline Genealogy Club Program - Lineage Groups: Proofs for DAR, SAR, Colonial Dames, etc.  (Affiliate Event)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd, Beloit, WI
 
Lineage Groups: Proofs for Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames, etc.
A group presentation by local experts, and using FamilySearch.org > Search > Wiki > Lineage Societies.