Join or Renew, and Enjoy Extra Benefits in May!

It's Member Appreciation Month! Join or renew now, and enjoy extra benefits throughout the month.

As a member of the Wisconsin Historical Society, you will enjoy many great benefits that will help you find the answers to all your questions about history. Your support also helps ensure that the history of our state and nation will be collected, preserved and shared for generations to come.

Membership Benefits

Members Receive

  • An annual subscription to the award-winning quarterly "Wisconsin Magazine of History"

  • FREE Admission to the Wisconsin Historical Museum, on the Capitol Square in Madison

  • Half-price or free admission to all 12 historic sites and museums during regular operating hours

  • One year of "Columns," the Society's informative and colorful print newsletter

  • A subscription to the Society's e-newsletter with news, events and fascinating facts

  • 10-percent discount on genealogical records, books, historic image prints and more

  • Invitations to special members-only events and activities

Membership Levels

Individual ($45)
All the benefits of membership for one adult
Household ($60)
All Individual level benefits for two adults and all accompanying children
History Lover ($100)
All Household level benefits plus:
  • Free admission to 12 historic sites and museums
  • A coupon for an additional 10-percent discount on a purchase
  • Parking coupon for Wisconsin Historical Museum or Society headquarters building
  • One 6-month individual trial membership for a friend
History Guardian ($250)
All History Lover benefits plus:
  • 2 guest passes to 12 historic sites and museums
  • 2 parking coupons for Wisconsin Historical Museum or Society headquarters building
  • Special online recognition
  • Invitations to exclusive events
History Ambassador ($500)
All History Guardian benefits plus:
  • 2 additional guest passes to 12 historic sites & museums
Heritage Circle ($1,200 or more)
Heritage Circle members contribute $1,200 or more annually and receive all benefits listed above, plus special benefits and recognition in appreciation of their support. Please contact us by phone at 608-261-1856 or by email at for more information.
Other Membership Options
Basic ($30)
Benefits of an Individual level membership but does not include "The Wisconsin Magazine of History"
Institutional ($65)
A great option for organizations, businesses, schools, and libraries. Benefits include the "Wisconsin Magazine of History", Columns, and a 10-percent discount for regularly priced Wisconsin Historical Society Press publications.

The impact of your gift

Your tax-deductible membership or donation ensures our rich heritage is protected and passed on by supporting a number of critically needed programs and services that benefit people in your community, throughout Wisconsin and the nation.

With your investment today, you will help:

  • Make available one of the top five genealogical centers in the nation

  • Deliver innovative approaches in history education to teachers, students and history lovers alike

  • Offer engaging ways to experience Wisconsin history firsthand to over 300,000 visitors each year at 12 historic sites and museums

  • Support public and private efforts to protect Wisconsin's distinctive historic places

  • Acquire, conserve and share the largest collection dedicated to North American history outside of the Library of Congress

  • Provide outreach services, workshops and networking opportunities to more than 390 affiliated county, local and specialized historical societies throughout Wisconsin

  • Make many of these collections and services available both online and in person


$30.00 Benefits
Does not include the Wisconsin Magazine of History

$45.00 Benefits

$60.00 Benefits

$65.00 Benefits

$100.00 Benefits

$250.00 Benefits

$500.00 Benefits

$1,200.00 Benefits

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Giving online is safe and secure.
Simply fill out the form above to make your secure donation. A confirmation email will be sent when you complete your donation.

Want to mail in your donation instead? Print and complete this form (PDF, 465 KB) and then mail it with your payment to: Wisconsin Historical Foundation, PO Box 260050, Madison, WI 53726-0050.

To donate by phone, call us toll free at 1-888-748-7479. Our office is open Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm.

Thank you for your support!


May is Member Appreciation Month!

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