DCHS 2021 Annual Meeting Deemed Great Success!

Dane County Historical Society

2021 Annual Meeting

Deemed Great Success!

The meeting was held outside at Lunney Lake Farm Park. Luckily the weather cooperated. The meeting covered a lot of ground and included a business meeting, a special guest presenter. And like many Wisconsin events ended with coffee, food, and conversation.

Business Meeting
The business meeting covered a brief annual report and membership votes on revised by-laws, and the election of board members. (Our current list of board members can be found here.) It also included special recognition for Karen Baumann. Karen retired from the Wisconsin Historical Society nearly twenty years ago and ever since has volunteered for us. Her tireless dedication can be seen in how well arranged, stored, and cataloged our collections are.

Guest Presenter
Our guest speaker was Danielle Benden. (See below for her full biography.) Ms. Benden facilitated four interpretive planning conversations between the partners – the Ho-Chunk Nation, Dane County Parks, Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area, and DCHS. The primary goal was to develop the basis for an interpretive plan for the Capital Springs Recreation Area (CSRA). The future plan will focus on Teejopeja (the Ho-Chunk word for Madison’s “Four Lakes” Region) and why the region has been a timeless destination and a unique cultural landscape for millennia.

The project partners were awarded a Wisconsin Humanities Council mini-grant for project planning and public listening sessions. A second phase will be the implementation of the interpretive plan developed during the planning and public listening sessions. The final report can be found here.

Danielle Benden’s Bio
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.