Registration opens for Wisconsin History Symposium

January 17, 2014
Wisconsin History Symposium
Wisconsin History Symposium

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Registration is now open for the 2014 Wisconsin History Symposium to be held April 3-5 at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  An “early bird” discount is available until Feb. 14.

At the symposium, professional historians and local history researchers will give papers and presentations about Wisconsin’s history as it relates to the theme “Wisconsin: People and the Land.” Participants will be able to choose from more than 30 topics, including the history of land use in Wisconsin; prehistoric and historic archaeology; the struggle of minorities and women in Wisconsin history; and much more. There will be a strong emphasis on Native American history in the state.

The conference will include banquet keynote speaker Lucy Eldersveld Murphy, Ohio State University, Newark, Ohio; and luncheon keynote speakers Patty Loew, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Dr. Genevieve G. McBride, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and Dr. Stephen R. Byers, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis.

The symposium will kick off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, with a rousing folk concert by Lee Murdock, historical singer/songwriter, who will perform his “Songs of the Great Lakes” at the Platteville City Auditorium, 75 Bonson Street, Platteville. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students.

In conjunction with the symposium, an art exhibit of works related to the theme will be displayed in the university’s Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery. Artists are encouraged to see the guidelines for submission on the symposium website at In addition, the first-of-its-kind Wisconsin history film festival can be viewed throughout the two-day conference.

The “early bird” fee for the full symposium is $165, which includes conference sessions, breakfasts, lunches and speakers, banquet meal and keynote lecturer, historical folk concert, art exhibit opening, film event and historical tour of local sites. There are discounts available for students. 

For more information and to register, go to the symposium website.

Contact: Tracey Lee Roberts, senior lecturer, department of social sciences, (608) 342-6159,

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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