Mark Albertson, 2017 Lee Lecturer

Education is an important part of the Society’s mission to protect and preserve Madison’s diverse cultural history. The Madison Historical Society offers many programs for visitors of all ages to discover the people, places, and events that shaped and defined our past. We believe that constant references to common past experiences nurture and sustain a sense of community that links past, present, and future citizens.  

Our education programs expand the learning process well beyond mere observation of the objects in our collection. We provide opportunities for both the examination of historical artifacts and for conversation about historical lifeways and cultural trends.

The Frederick Lee Lectures are an annual slate of three themed lectures offered to the public most typically in January, February, and March. The guest historians, authors, musicians, artists, and actors present on topics ranging from historic persons, places, and events to matters of preservation, conservation, and stewardship.

The MHS History Book Group offers lively monthly discussions for adults who share a love of reading and a love of history. Teens are welcome.

MHS Field Trips to off-site locations allow members and visitors to enjoy unique opportunities for discovery. For instance,  a visit to the MHS’s Smallpox Burying Ground offers the chance to learn about local soldiers who fought in the French and Indian War--and the regional smallpox epidemics that further endangered their lives.

Conversations with the Curator are members-only opportunities to hear the stories of intriguing and notable items from the MHS collection. Offered at occasional intervals, these casual and informative conversations are led by MHS board member and exhibits chair Tricia Royston. New members are welcome to join at the door.

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