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Sept. 25 Event to Mark Opening of
Wisconsin Historical Society's
Northern Field Services Office at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Sept. 18, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students in the public history program as well as local historical organizations in northern Wisconsin will benefit from the Wisconsin Historical Society's new northern field services office at UW-Eau Claire.

An event to celebrate the opening of the office will be held from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Menominee Room of Davies Center. Speakers will include UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich and Dr. Ellsworth Brown, director of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

The department of history and the Wisconsin Historical Society are partners in this new program to improve services to local historical and preservation organizations in northern Wisconsin and provide internship and other opportunities for students on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

"The history department has been working hard to expand the public history program, and the establishment of the northern field services office on our campus is an important step in that expansion," said Kate Lang, history department chairwoman.

About 40 students currently participate in the public history program in various ways, said John W. W. Mann, an assistant professor of history and project director of the Learning by Doing Graduate Certificate program. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in history outside of the academic realm, such as in museums, historic preservation, documentary film and video, cultural resource management and the private sector in general.

The Northern Field Services Office is located in Room 733 of Hibbard Hall at UW-Eau Claire. Eau Claire native Janet Dykema, who earned a history degree from UW-Eau Claire in 1999, is the northern field services representative. The Society also has a Southern Field Services Office in Madison.

"I'm delighted to represent the Society to the citizens of northern Wisconsin," said Dykema, formerly the director of community programming at the Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire. Since May 1, Dykema has visited 45 local historical organizations throughout the state.

Dykema said the Society's two field services representatives serve as a first point of contact for groups and individuals throughout the state. They can help with many basic issues of historic preservation or interpretation and connections to the Society's staff of experts.

To contact Dykema, call 715-836-2250 or e-mail janet.dykema@wisconsinhistory.org. For information about the Sept. 25 event, contact the history department, 715-836-5501 or e-mail kuklindc@uwec.edu.

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