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CHAPTER 44
HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND HISTORICAL PRESERVATION
SUBCHAPTER I
STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
AND LOCAL HISTORICAL SOCIETIES
44.01   Historical society; corporate structure.
44.015   Powers.
44.02   Historical society; duties.
44.03   Affiliated societies.
44.04   School services.
44.05   American history research center.
44.06   Depository of public documents.
44.07   Museum extension service.
44.09   District attorney, county, local and court records.
44.10   Regional depositories for records.
44.11   Central depository library.
44.12   Educational facilities at Nelson Dewey state park.
44.13   Educational facilities at Old Wade House state park.
44.14   Central depository loan collection, federal documents.
44.15   Historical markers program.
44.16   Circus World Museum.
44.20   Historic sites.
44.21   Historical society parking regulations.
SUBCHAPTER II
HISTORIC PRESERVATION PROGRAM
44.30   Public policy.
44.31   Definitions.
44.32   Officer.
44.33   Duties of the state review board.
44.34   Duties of the state historical society.
44.36   State register of historic places.
44.39   State agency cooperation.
44.40   State agency decisions; negotiation.
44.41   Protection and use of state agency property.
44.42   Negotiations with political subdivisions and school boards.
44.44   Certification of historic preservation ordinances.
44.45   List of locally designated historic places.
44.47   Field archaeology.
44.48   Archaeological resources.
subch. I of ch. 44 SUBCHAPTER I
STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
AND LOCAL HISTORICAL SOCIETIES
44.01 44.01 Historical society; corporate structure.
44.01(1)(1)The historical society shall constitute a body politic and corporate by the name of “The State Historical Society of Wisconsin," and shall possess all the powers necessary to accomplish the objects and perform the duties prescribed by law. The historical society shall be an official agency and the trustee of the state.
44.01(2) (2)The historical society may adopt, and change, a seal, a constitution and bylaws, promulgate rules, and elect such officers as the constitution or bylaws prescribe. The eligibility requirements for membership in the historical society shall be determined by the constitution and bylaws. There shall continue to be a board of curators for governing the historical society with powers substantially the same as at present.
44.01(4) (4)The historical society's acceptance of any benefits granted it by law shall be conclusively deemed its complete acquiescence in all laws enacted concerning the organization and operation of the society.
44.01 History History: 1971 c. 125; 1979 c. 110; 1983 a. 27; 1989 a. 359.
44.01 Annotation The historical society is a state agency. The board of curators falls within the coverage of ss. 893.82 and 895.46. 74 Atty. Gen. 54.
44.015 44.015 Powers. The historical society may:
44.015(1) (1)Acquire any interest in real or personal property by gift, bequest or otherwise in any amount and, subject to prior action under s. 13.48 (14) (am) or 16.848 (1), may operate, manage, sell, or rent real estate acquired by gift, bequest, foreclosure or other means, upon such terms and conditions as the board of curators deems for its interests but may not sell, mortgage, transfer or dispose of in any manner or remove from its buildings, except for temporary purposes, any article therein without authority of law.
44.015(2) (2)Sell, exchange or otherwise dispose of duplicate books, periodicals or museum objects, or books, periodicals and museum objects outside its field of collection.
44.015(3) (3)Accept collections of private manuscripts, printed materials, tapes, films, optical discs, materials stored in electronic format, and artifacts, and it may enforce any reasonable restrictions on accessibility to the public, use, or duplication of said collections that are agreed upon by the donor and the historical society.
44.015(4) (4)Take proper steps to promote the study of history by lectures, and diffuse and publish information relating to the description and history of the state.
44.015(5) (5)By rule, establish fees to recover costs under s. 44.02 (24).
44.015(5m) (5m)Except as otherwise provided by law, establish fees for services or products or for admission to venues.
44.015(7) (7)Contract with the Wisconsin Historical Foundation, Inc., or any other nonstock, nonprofit corporation under ch. 181 for the purposes of administering the historical society's membership program, soliciting and accepting contributions, gifts, grants, and bequests for the historical society, marketing the historical society's goods and services, providing support for the operation, management, and development of the historical society's programs, and performing other functions approved by the board of curators.
44.015(10) (10)Promulgate rules necessary to implement this chapter.
44.015 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also HS, Wis. adm. code.
44.02 44.02 Historical society; duties. The historical society shall:
44.02(1) (1)Serve as trustee of the state in the preservation and care of all records, both printed and written, and all articles and other materials of historic interest and significance placed in its custody, and interest itself constructively as the agent of the state in the preservation and care of all similar materials wherever they may be.
44.02(2) (2)Collect by gift, exchange or purchase books, periodicals, pamphlets, records, tracts, manuscripts, maps, charts and other papers, artifacts, relics, paintings, photographs and other materials illustrative of the history of this state in particular and of the West generally.
44.02(3) (3)Conduct research in the history of Wisconsin in particular and of the West generally.
44.02(4) (4)Inculcate through publications, museum extension services and other media a wider and fuller knowledge and appreciation of the history of Wisconsin and its significance.
44.02(5) (5)Keep its main library and museum rooms open at all reasonable hours on business days for the reception of the residents of this state who may wish to visit the library or museum. Except as provided under subs. (5g) and (5m), the historical society may collect a fee from residents and shall collect a fee from nonresidents for admission to historic sites or buildings acquired, leased or operated by the historical society, including areas within state parks or on other state-owned lands which incorporate historic buildings, restorations, museums or remains and which are operated by the historical society by agreement with the department of natural resources or other departments, or for lectures, pageants or similar special events, or for admission to defray the costs of special exhibits in its several buildings of documents, objects or other materials not part of the historical society's regular collections but brought in on loan from other sources for such special exhibitions or for use of the main library. The historical society shall take action on a continuing basis to raise funds from private sources for the operation of its main library. The historical society may procure and sell or otherwise dispose of postcards, souvenirs and other appropriate merchandise to help defray the costs of operating its several plants and projects.
44.02(5g) (5g)
44.02(5g)(a)(a) Not charge a fee for use of the main library by any member of the historical society, any member of the faculty or academic staff of the University of Wisconsin System, any student enrolled in the University of Wisconsin System or any other person exempted by rule of the historical society. The historical society may not charge a fee for use of the main library by any other person unless the historical society submits a fee schedule to the joint committee on finance that includes the specific fee to be charged to different categories of persons and an identification of any persons exempted by rule of the historical society. The fee schedule of the historical society shall be implemented if the committee approves the report, or does not schedule a meeting for the purpose of reviewing the report within 14 working days after receipt of the report.
44.02(5g)(b) (b) Charge a fee for research services provided by the historical society to any nonresident who is not specifically exempted under par. (a).
44.02(5m) (5m)Not charge a fee for admission to the museum until construction of the museum is completed. Fees collected from admissions shall be used to support public programming.
44.02(5s) (5s)Except as provided in s. 16.84 (2), have responsibility for security at the museum.
44.02(6) (6)Thoroughly catalog the entire collections of the society for the more convenient reference of all persons who have occasion to consult the collections. The society may loan to libraries, educational institutions and other organizations or to private individuals in good standing items from the collections of the society.
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