Around the Water Cooler Recap: Wisconsin Historical Society

Around the Water Cooler, which occurs on select Thursdays at the Global Water Center, is an  hour-long session that allows GWC tenants to share their mission and any current projects being worked on, and provides a platform for tenants to make an ask of other fellow tenants.

Wisconsin Historical Society Head Quarters

Kristen Leffelman, Field Services Representative, Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) presented during the first Around the Water Cooler of the 2015! Leffelman’s office at the Global Water Center, is the first time the WHS has had a presence in the Milwaukee area. She spoke to the three main departments of WHS: Museum and Historic Sites, Historic Preservation and Public History, and Library Archives.


A scuba diver investigating one of the historic shipwrecks in Lake Michigan

WHS entered the Global Water Center in late fall 2014 to aid in the preservation and management of The Water Council’s records and to provide further historic backing and reference for The Water Council initiatives. Water dramatically influenced how Milwaukee and Wisconsin were shaped and WHS is currently working to showcase this history in a future exhibit at the Global Water Center, which eventually could become a traveling state exhibit.

Additionally, through meticulous documentation and research, WHS is an excellent resource for accessing state archeology, national and state registers of historic places, as well as building advice on historic homes and businesses. This generalized and categorized information can easily be accessed through their website, while more topical information can be found through various publications that can be purchased online or at one of their locations throughout the state.

SitesThe 12 primary sites WHS maintains collectively draw 300,000 visitors annually. Their primary historical museum on Madison’s Capitol Square will be closing soon for reconstruction, upgrading to a facility with larger exhibit accommodations to showcase much more of their collection. To plan your visit to this museum or to check out one of their other 11 secondary locations, click here. However, if you are looking for a sample of Wisconsin history closer to home, there is a Wisconsin History Tour on view now at the Milwaukee Central Library from January 3-29, with special events during Program Week (Jan. 20-24), including special discussions, workshops and even a History Happy Hour, all of which are free and open to the public. Learn more HERE!

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About The Water Council

The Water Council, the only organization of its kind in the United States, was established in 2009 by Milwaukee-area businesses, education and government leaders. With more than 150 water technology companies in the Milwaukee area, the region’s water industry is a $10.5 billion dollar market and accounts for four percent of the world’s total water business. The non-profit organization is linking together global water technology companies, innovative water entrepreneurs, acclaimed academic research programs and, most importantly, some of the nation’s brightest and most energetic professionals. The Water Council is capturing the attention of the world and transforming the Milwaukee region into a World Water Hub for freshwater research, economic development and education. The Water Council is located in the Global Water Center at 247 W. Freshwater Way, Suite 500, Milwaukee, WI 53204.
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