Thursday, April 2, 2015

Historic Preservation Commission to Host Webinars

The City of Milton Historic Preservation Commission will be hosting a viewing of a variety of Local History Webinar Workshops presented by the Wisconsin Historical Society this spring.  All viewings will take place in the Council Chambers located at City Hall, 710 S. Janesville Street.  Anyone interested in learning more about the following topics are encouraged to attend:
  • Introduction to Newspaper Research – Friday, April 10, 10:30 a.m. to noon:  Newspapers serve as important resources for finding historical information. The key to unlocking this information is first knowing where to find the various newspaper titles and then knowing how to use the variety of databases and collections, including those at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Ron Larson, a newspaper librarian for 35 years, will offer insight into the world of newspaper collections and research.
  • Introduction to PastPerfect 5 – Friday, April 17, 10:30 a.m. to noon:  This webinar is ideal for museums considering purchasing PastPerfect 5, or for those who are just getting started with the collections management program. The webinar will cover the basic and optional features of PastPerfect 5 as well as cost, system requirements and options for support. We will also talk about where to buy associated hardware as well as some local options for grants to help pay for the program.
  • Wisconsin Historical Society Affiliates Mini-Grants – Friday, April 24, 10:30 a.m. to noon: This webinar is for local history affiliates of the Wisconsin Historical Society who plan to apply for the Affiliate Mini-Grant. The webinar will provide important information to help ensure your 2015 mini-grant application is complete and competitive.
  • Introduction to Digitization – Friday, May 1, 10:30 a.m. to noon:  Thinking about sharing your historic photographs or other collections online? This webinar will introduce the essential elements of a successful digital project, including copyright concerns, scanning, storage, and access.
  • Make Your Historic Preservation Ordinance Work for You – Friday, May 8, 10:30 a.m. to noon:  To ensure effectiveness, historic preservation commissioners and local government officials need to fully understand their local historic preservation ordinance and how they fit in within the larger framework of local government. This webinar will explore how local governments enact historic preservation ordinances and how best to manage them once in place.
  • How to Apply for a Certified Local Government Grant – Friday, May 15, 10:30 a.m. to noon:  This webinar will provide you with an introduction in developing an application for a Certified Local Government (CLG) grant. CLG grants are used primarily to either survey your community for historic resources or to make a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. CLG grants can be for as much as $25,000 and do not require a match. Only Certified Local Governments can apply.
  • How to Maintain Your Historic Log Structure – Friday, May 22, 10:30 a.m. to noon:  Log buildings are regarded by many Americans as rare and symbolic of our pioneering origins. Our ancestors have, in fact, constructed many more of them, and over a much longer period than most might realize. Learn about their historical background and the best approach toward their preservation and repair.

For additional information contact Inga Cushman, at 608-868-6900 or by e-mail at