Wisconsin Historical Society

Madison, WI

The Society is our state’s memory and foremost storyteller. It is considered one of the nation’s finest historical institutions.



We have a tradition of the best and brightest people leading the way for the Wisconsin Historical Society. Our leaders care deeply about Wisconsin’s rich heritage and inspire the vision for the future of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Many are volunteers offering their expertise, time and passion to ensure that we pass on our stories to future generations.

The Wisconsin Historical Society is both a state agency and a membership organization. A strong public-private partnership can be seen through the community leaders on various volunteer boards of the Wisconsin Historical Society. These leaders, volunteers, donors and staff work together to enable the Society to share stories.



The Wisconsin Historical Society connects people to the past by collecting, preserving, and sharing stories.


Enriching and transforming lives through unparalleled access to history.


We believe that increasing the public’s knowledge of history has profound societal, cultural, and economic benefit.


Wollersheim Winery & Distillery

Prairie Du Sac

Wollersheim Winery & Distillery sit on a scenic hillside overlooking the Wisconsin River, just across from Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin.  Century-old winery and hillside vineyards featuring distinctive regional wines. Named 2012 Winery of the Year.
The natural beauty surrounding the Wollersheim Winery has been the backdrop for a remarkable historical heritage, one told in rich detail during the winery’s guided tour. The tour points out interesting aspects of the property, which has earned a listing in the National Register of Historical Places.  Following a video that touches on the last 150 years of the winery’s history, visitors walk outside past our wine garden and vineyards. Then, returning indoors to the viewing windows of the modern fermentation room, another brief video is shown which highlights the winemaking process from harvesting the grapes to the finished wine in the bottle. Next, visitors return to the original winery and tour the underground limestone aging cellars. Following the tour, visitors are invited to taste a sampling of our wines. The basic guidelines of wine tasting are explained. Tours last approximately 1 hour.
Today, this National Historic Site is home to one of the leading wineries in the Midwest, as well as a brand-new distillery. Wollersheim Winery is open for tours and tastings from 10 am to 5 pm daily, year-round. Wollersheim Distillery debuted Aug. 14 and is open every day from noon to 5pm.  Located 25 miles from Madison.  7876 Hwy. 188, Prairie du Sac.
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