Dear Elected Official -
Welcome to the State Legislature! I hope this email finds you and your family and staff happy and healthy during these challenging times.
The mission of the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) is to help people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories. The Art Collection Loan Program offers a unique opportunity for WHS to share stories and collections with the citizens and visitors of Wisconsin A prominent and valued way of advancing our mission is through this Loan Program which includes not only works of art, such as portraits and landscapes, but also high-quality scanned replicas of historic maps, photographs, posters, letters, and treaties. The Loan Program places these things in the State Capitol offices of elected officials and public spaces controlled by the Legislative Chief Clerks' offices or the Supreme Court and creates a living museum throughout publicly accessible areas of the Capitol.
The popularity of the Loan Program has continued to increase and will continue to evolve. To provide the flexibility to accommodate the Capitol’s wide variety of office spaces, WHS has adjusted terms under which loans may be made available. Two framed pieces per room may be available for elected officials on a first come, first served basis.
Because producing scanned copies, matting, and framing are costs of the Loan Program, loans for each office are dependent on funding, demand, image availability, timing, universal appeal, and other possible factors as determined by the Historical Society. WHS has sole discretion for the terms of any loan or loans made to the office of an elected official.
Of course, all loaned items remain the property of the Historical Society and are loaned to the office of an elected official. When an elected official leaves his or her office, the loaned item is returned to WHS. In the event that an elected official moves to a new office, all loaned artwork may be moved with them, regardless of the size of the new office.
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about the Loan Program or any other WHS program via phone at (608) 347-6268 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the Best,