What is this website?
recollectionwisconsin.org is a place to discover and share your Wisconsin story. This website provides Wisconsin residents and audiences worldwide with free access to a growing set of historical resources from the collections of libraries, archives, museums and historical societies across the state. But this site is a place for more than just viewing digital resources. You’re also invited to contribute your own memories, images, knowledge and thoughts.
With recollectionwisconsin.org, you can . . .
- Read letters home from Wisconsin soldiers who served in the Civil War, World War I and WWII
- See baskets, beadwork, furniture, pottery and other objects made by Wisconsin craftspeople
- Listen to traditional folk music from Wisconsin ethnic groups
- Page through yearbooks from colleges and universities around the state
- Browse photos of local people and events from dozens of Wisconsin communities
- Explore a map to find digital resources from collections near you
- Share your own historic photos in our Flickr pool
- Add your own Wisconsin story, memory or experience to our story archive
Who is this website for?
Everyone! recollectionwisconsin.org is intended for students, teachers, scholars, genealogists, history buffs, and anyone else interested in discovering more about our state and its wealth of historical and cultural resources.
What is the Recollection Wisconsin program?
Recollection Wisconsin is a collaborative effort to bring together digital versions of Wisconsin history materials from participating libraries, archives, museums and historical societies across the state. The program also provides guidelines, training and support to contributing partners in an effort to standardize and coordinate cultural heritage digitization efforts at the statewide level.
Partners and funding
History of the program
The Recollection Wisconsin program was first developed in 2005 as a collaborative effort of Wisconsin academic libraries, public libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies. From 2005-2012, the program was known as Wisconsin Heritage Online (WHO).
The founding mission of Wisconsin Heritage Online was “to inspire education and discovery by making Wisconsin’s cultural heritage available to the public via the World Wide Web.”
Initial program goals included:
- Expand access to content digitized by Wisconsin’s cultural heritage institutions.
- Encourage and facilitate digitization through availability of support, training, and hosting services.
- Maintain the infrastructure to support digital collaboration.
- Provide for content to be accessible from one place.
- Assure that content is adequately indexed.
- Develop and maintain shared standards for metadata.
The Recollection Wisconsin Advisory Committee consists of seven members, each appointed to one-year terms. The committee includes representatives from our four core partners as well as librarians, scholars and curators from across the state.
Advisory Committee Members, 2012-2013
- Michael Edmonds, Deputy Director, Division of Library-Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society
- Erika Janik, Producer, Wisconsin Life, Wisconsin Public Radio
- Lee Konrad, Director of Technology Services, UW-Madison General Library System
- Cathy Markweise, Metadata and Cataloging Librarian, Milwaukee Public Library
- Stef Morrill, Director, Wisconsin Library Services
- Janet Seymour, Field Services Representative-Northern Region, Wisconsin Historical Society
- Bradley Shipps, Outreach and Training Librarian, Outagamie Waupaca Library System
Recollection Wisconsin Program Manager
Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS)
728 State Street Room 464
Madison, WI 53706-1418
epfotenhauer at wils.wisc.edu
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