Wisconsin Historical Society Press: Wisconsin’s Oldest Publisher Will Donate $3000 in Books

Kate Thompson, Marketing Coordinator

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Public invited to participate

The Wisconsin Historical Society Press is pleased to announce the “Big Book Giveaway,” an exciting opportunity to take part in the celebrations surrounding our 150th anniversary. Nominations for the “Big Book Giveaway” are now being accepted, so please inform your subscribers, readers, and patrons of this wonderful event.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, the state’s first and oldest book publisher. The WHS Press is honoring this landmark occasion with events throughout the year, topped off with the “Big Book Giveaway” on October 17, 2005. The WHS Press will donate to one school library or public library a complete set of all WHS books in print – more than one hundred titles. Individuals are invited to nominate their favorite school library or public library.

The winning library, chosen by random drawing, will take home the big prize, while the nominating individual will win one WHS Press title of his or her choice. Winners will be announced on September 30, 2005, and the books will be awarded at the grand finale to the Wisconsin Book Festival, October 17, at 7:00 p.m., in the Wisconsin Historical Society Lobby and Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

WHS Press’s remarkable collection of books in print includes something for everyone, from amateur genealogists to folklore enthusiasts; from Badger fans to Harley riders; from kids and families to students and scholars. The Press’s author list is equally impressive, including illustrious, well-known writers from Jerry Apps to Richard Zeitlin. The complete collection of WHS Press books in print is valued at more than $3,000.

Anyone, including a student or adult, is eligible to nominate his or her favorite library. For a list of Wisconsin’s school and public libraries, visit http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/dltcl/pld/lib_dir.html. (The library nominated must be a Wisconsin library.) All nominations are due by September 15, 2005. Nominations are accepted by mail at, Big Book Giveaway, WHS Press, 816 State Street, Madison, WI, 53706, or online at www.wisconsinhistory.org/publications/book_giveaway.asp. For more information on the WHS Press’s exciting collection of books and to learn more about the Press, visit www.wisconsinhistory.org/publications.