Online Collections Go LIVE!

In August, the Buffalo County Historical Society was awarded a mini grant from the Wisconsin Council for Local History to begin sharing its collections online. Since the grant was given, the BCHS has been working on refining object descriptions and getting items uploaded to the new site. The BCHS Online Collections are now available for viewing! You can access the collections here.

The Cochrane Cooperative Telephone Company and Nelson Telephone Cooperative have partnered with the BCHS to sponsoring the annual hosting fee for this new collections software The BCHS is so proud to be able to partner with two companies that are member owned, have over 150 combined years of history in Buffalo County, and have spent their entire existence bringing rural residents of Buffalo County in touch with others through telephone and internet connections.

The first group of items made available is the collection of photographs from the Buffalo County Sesquicentennial Committee, in 1998. These photos show nearly all of the schools, cheese factories, cemeteries, and more, from around Buffalo County.

In addition to viewing collections online, many of the photographs in the collection will be made available to purchase through the BCHS General Store.

The BCHS is thrilled to be bringing its collections to the world in a way that has never been done before, and is excited to partner with Buffalo County’s historic telephone cooperatives to make it happen. To help support activities and projects such as this one, contact the BCHS. Memberships and donations can also be made through the BCHS General Store.

 

New General Store Open!

The Buffalo County Historical Society's General Store reopened this last week, just in time for Black Friday! You can buy any of the books we sell in our office, memberships for you or a loved one and make donations through the store. We have plans to add obituaries, photos from our collections and more within the next few months! Even downloadable content will be available through the new shopping cart system! Visit the new BCHS General Store today!

 

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