The 2021 Annual Meeting Has Been Announced

Dane County Historical Society

2021 Annual Meeting

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Lussier Family Heritage Center
3101 Lake Farm Road
Lunney-Lake Farm Park

12:30 pm    Doors Open

1:00 pm      Refreshments Served

1:30 pm      Program Begins

The business meeting will consist of a few key agenda items. This includes a short annual report and a few membership votes on a revised set of by-laws, a set of new membership categories, and the election of board members.

 In the spring of 2021, Ms. Benden facilitated interpretive planning conversations between the Ho-Chunk Nation, Dane County Parks, the Dane County Historical Society, and Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area. The goal was to develop an interpretive plan for educating visitors to the Capital Springs Recreation Area (CSRA) about why Teejopeja (the Ho-Chunk word for Madison’s “Four Lakes” Region) is and has been a unique cultural landscape for millennia.

Current interpretive signage situated along Lake Farm Heritage Trail in Lunney Lake Farm County Park needs updating. The interpretive planning process is meant to reimagine how to more effectively tell the stories of the people who made this place their home and engage the Ho-Chunk Nation in the decision-making process at the project outset, as opposed to developing a plan and seeking their input after it is in place.

The project partners were awarded a Wisconsin Humanities Council mini-grant for project planning and public listening sessions. A second phase will be implementation of the interpretive plan developed during the planning and public listening sessions. Come to the Dane County Historical Society’s Annual Meeting to learn about the results of this important project. 

In the spring of 2021, Ms. Benden facilitated interpretive planning conversations between the Ho-Chunk Nation, Dane County Parks, the Dane County Historical Society, and Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area. The goal was to develop an interpretive plan for educating visitors to the Capital Springs Recreation Area (CSRA) about why Teejopeja (the Ho-Chunk word for Madison’s “Four Lakes” Region) is and has been a unique cultural landscape for millennia. Current interpretive signage situated along Lake Farm Heritage Trail in Lunney Lake Farm County Park needs updating. The interpretive planning process is meant to reimagine how to more effectively tell the stories of the people who made this place their home and engage the Ho-Chunk Nation in the decision-making process at the project outset, as opposed to developing a plan and seeking their input after it is in place. The project partners were awarded a Wisconsin Humanities Council mini-grant for project planning and public listening sessions. A second phase will be implementation of the interpretive plan developed during the planning and public listening sessions. Come to the Dane County Historical Society’s Annual Meeting to learn about the results of this important project.

 Danielle M. Benden is the owner of Driftless Pathways, LLC, a small museum consulting firm near Madison, WI. She consults with cultural organizations on a variety of topics including design and renovation of curatorial facilities and provides professional development training. Throughout her career, she has facilitated interpretive planning and developed exhibits for museums and state parks. Ms. Benden received her B.S. in Archaeology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and an M.S. in Museum and Field Studies from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Prior to starting Driftless Pathways, she served as the Senior Curator of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she taught museum courses, designed and managed several collections facility upgrades, and facilitated cultural resource compliance and consultation with Wisconsin’s Native American Nations. Ms. Benden has published several scholarly articles and book chapters. She has chaired the Society for American Archaeology’s Committee on Museums, Collections, and Curation, and the Archaeological Collections Consortium. Benden currently co-directs the Trempealeau Archaeology Project and serves on the Society for American Archaeology’s Archives Committee.

 

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